Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Orlando Nightclub Shooting Was a Hate Crime

*This was home-grown, homophobic, terrorism. It was hate. VL By Sabrina Vourvoulais, Philadelphia Magazine (4 minute read) “We find community and sanctuary on the dance floor. As Latino gay men, we teach ourselves to break tradition so that we can take the hand of another man and dance. We do this to keep traditional. This alone

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

What the Orlando Killer Was Thinking

*Reflections from a reporter who has covered seven mass murders. SQ By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog  (4 minute read) Among the healthiest things you learn as a journalist is that the world is a hazy, cloudy place,...

Monday, June 13th, 2016

We Must Remember That The Orlando Shooting Happened At A Gay Club On Latin Night

*There is a danger in referring the massacre in Orlando as a random act perpetrated by a deranged individual. This was specific and targeted. VL By Marie Southard Ospina, Bustle On June 12, I, much like the...

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

What do I say to my young son about Chicago’s gun violence

*This is worth your time to read. Ray Salazar lives in Chicago, where more than 1,500 people have been shot. He’s blunt about what to tell his 11 year-old son regarding gangs and gun violence. VL By...

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

State by State, Communities Push Back Against Voter Restrictions

*Some facts to consider: there are 22 states that have some form of voter restriction in place; in 15 states this will be the first presidential election with these restrictions in place; 31 percent of the electorate...

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Family Wants Answers After Teen Killed By Texas Police Officer

*This has been going on for a couple of days while the media has been mesmerized by the presidential election. An unarmed 16 year-old Latino was killed by an off duty police officer who pursued the victim...

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Stop ignoring the police killings of Latinos

*This is a very good read, it delves into the history of police violence against Latinos and the reasons that it doesn’t get the same media attention as police shootings against blacks. It’s a comprehensive piece, worth...

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Adios Underworld Pioneer Sana Ojeda – I think

*Sam Quiñones always writes fascinating stuff. This time he tells us the latest about California’s Latino criminal underground. The history of California’s criminal groups is a part of the history of Latinos in the West coast. VL...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Media Should Keep In Mind Importance Of Gun Violence Prevention For Latino Voters

*There’s a not-so-obvious upside to the President’s action on gun control, he’s using the bully pulpit to steer attention away from the NRA’s domination of the narrative and the headlines. It also provides space to raise the...

Monday, January 4th, 2016

L.A. Murder – Not The Real Story Any More

**Some reassuring news hidden behind Los Angeles murder stats. Context makes the difference in urban settings, along the border, anywhere that numbers are used to paint pictures. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog It would have...

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

San Bernardino attack: Enrique Marquez to remain in custody, judge rules

*The friend of the San Bernardino shooters, accused of purchasing some of the weapons used in the December 2 massacre, has been deemed by a judge to pose a continuous threat to the community. VL By Joel Rubin,...

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

The unarmed Latinos killed by police in 2015

*This year to date, the count is 16 unarmed Latinos kiilled by police. The count is a raw number, it doesn’t explain circumstances. Still, I think Al Día News is doing needed reporting. VL By Max Marin,...

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In San Bernardino: A womb provides the perfect cover

*Sam Quiñones sounds off on the San Bernardino killings, terrorism, gun laws and fanaticism, then he parallels them to L.A Street gangs, dope addicts and an ominous tale by Dostoyevsky. Read, and you’ll see why we’ve long...

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Chicago Public Schools students judge Mayor Emanuel’s Laquan McDonald speech

*Ray Salazar, Chicago High School English teacher and frequent NewsTaco contributor, took the event of the Laquan McDonald shooting and turned it into a writing and judgement lesson. He gives us his insight and a sample of...

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