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Thursday, October 27th, 2016

When Hispanic Teens Vanished, Did New York Police Do Enough?

*The MS13 gang is thought to be responsible for the disappearances, but these victims and suspects are Latino young men so the cases are not priorities. VL By Frank Eltman And Michael Balsamo, Associated Press/ABC News (4 minute read) Hispanic teenagers began vanishing last winter in Brentwood, a working-class suburb 40 miles east of New

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Central American gang’s tentacles reach deep into Texas

*This is a very good, very scary read. VL By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune (7 minute read) HOUSTON — It’s the savagery that most bothers veteran police officer George Rhyne. He can’t name other gangs in Houston...

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Latinos In Los Angeles Unite After Police Fatally Shoot 14-Year-Old Boy

*This happened, Wednesday. VL By Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed Across the street from a Walgreens near a bust intersection in Boyle Heights, Estela Rodriguez flipped through pictures of her dead son inside his casket, showing anyone willing to...

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Family Of Latino Teen Killed By Undercover Cops Will Sue

*This case has been obscured by cribbed speeches and political circuses. Nineteen year-old Pedro Villanueva was shot and killed by undercover California Highway Patrol officers. The police shooting happened when the troopers followed the youth’s pick-up into...

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

The Other Group of People Getting Killed by Police That We Can’t Ignore

*A list of the 5 Latinos killed by police in the same time that Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed. The question isn’t to pit black against brown, it’s to ask why does the media ignore...

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

British Teens Arrested For Calling Latino Army Vet ‘A Dirty Little Immigrant’

*The guy in the viral video who was the target of teen British racism, insults and beer? He’s a Texas Latino; an army vet living in England for 18 years. VL By Desire Thompson, Vibe Residents in...

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...

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...

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