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April 30, 1990 | By Darryl Lynette Figueroa, Daily News Staff Writer
Go to the filthy, decrepit parts of North Philadelphia in which most of the city's Hispanic population lives. Listen to their anger, listen to their frustration, listen to their fears. They say they complain again and again about living with trash, rats, drugs, crime, police harassment, decaying housing, ethnic hatred. But nobody helps, they say. Nobody listens, nobody cares. "There is a lack of faith in government institutions, generally speaking," said Israel Colon, assistant to City Councilman Angel Ortiz.
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March 6, 1993 | By ROGER E. HERNANDEZ
Was Roberto Clemente Hispanic? Was he black? How about Jose Canseco? Or Fernando Valenzuela? Clemente was both Hispanic and black - Puerto Rican, to be specific. Valenzuela, who is Mexican, is also Hispanic; he is a mestizo. And Canseco, a white Cuban, is a Hispanic too. Defining who is what race can sometimes be clear cut and unambiguous. In other cases it can be a prickly, inexact matter. But one thing is clear: a Hispanic can be of any race. Yet that's something this country is completely confused about.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | By John Woestendiek, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Presente el pase al oficial de la entrada. " "Remueva todo articulo de sus bolsillas. " "Proceda por el detector de metal. " The stenciled signs hang above the entry gate to Graterford Prison, and when you do what they say - present your pass to the gate officer, remove all articles from your pockets, and proceed through the metal detector - you can see that Graterford, like prisons and jails across the country, is not as black and...
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January 26, 1998 | BY HERNAN GUARACAO
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia, couldn't remain silent anymore. The spiritual leader of a great portion of Christians in one of the most segregated cities in the United States finally decided to speak out, taking a necessary stand on the issue of racism. The cardinal branded racism as "a moral disease, highly contagious," whose "carriers infect others in countless ways through words and attitudes, deeds and omissions . . . "It operates silently," he added in a pastoral letter, "in strategies of self-interest and structured in patterns of discrimination.
NEWS
February 29, 1992 | By ROGER E. HERNANDEZ
While looking for a movie at a video store the other day, I heard the man behind the counter slowly raise his voice in anger as he spoke on the telephone. "No, no, not here . . . maybe at our second store. It isn't here, ma'am . . . the other store is closed now . . . closed. No, ma'am . . . No! . . . closed. It is closed. " A pause. "Your VCR is being fixed at our other store, and it's closed. Goodbye. " I watched from across the aisle, standing by a tape rack as the man hung up the phone.
NEWS
September 25, 1990 | By Debbie Stone, Daily News Staff Writer
Black and Hispanic students are being held back at a greater rate than white and Asian students, according to Board of Education statistics released yesterday. The new data show that four of five students from first to eighth grade were promoted last June - the city's highest promotion rate in five years. But the disparity among racial groups has school officials and community leaders concerned. Asian students had the highest promotion rate (89 percent), followed by whites (86 percent)
BUSINESS
July 14, 1995 | by Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
They say some things don't change, but pharmacist Fred Gold means much more to the so-called "Golden Block" than that tired cliche. Thirty years have brought wholesale change to the Hispanic business district and surrounding neighborhood, but Gold has stood his ground, managing the same Cambria Pharmacies Inc. store at 2860 N. 5th St. throughout that time. Gold, 62, will be honored Tuesday by the Fifth Street Business Association for standing by the neighborhood through change that has not always been kind.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 1986 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Ruben Blades, salsa singer and star of Crossover Dreams, now filming The Milagro Beanfield War here, regards this film as a crossover dream realized. "It's such a pleasure to be part of a movie that doesn't go for cheap laughs or ethnic stereotypes," says Blades about Milagro, the first big- budget Hollywood film to focus on the political conflict between Anglos and Chicanos. He plays Milagro's sheriff, Bernabe Montoya. "Typically, I get scripts where they want me to play Paco, the baddest drug dealer in Miami's Little Havana.
NEWS
October 14, 1997 | By R.A. Zaldivar, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
As a new American citizen, Jose Moreno knows he has to improve his English and get more training to fulfill his dream of a secure job with good benefits. But to study, Moreno would have to cut back his hours as a parking attendant. And he and his wife support a family of six, including three children newly arrived from their native El Salvador. "I'm a little stuck," said Moreno, 46, who lives in suburban Washington. This month's census reports on income and poverty paint a picture of a Latino population in an economic bind, much as Jose Moreno is. The figures show that Latinos lag further behind whites than in previous decades, and by some measures, they trail African Americans.
NEWS
February 6, 1986 | By Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge has signed an order formalizing an agreement under which the city will pay $45,000 to a group of Hispanic citizens who were rounded up by police after the slaying of a Philadelphia policeman in May. U.S. District Judge Clarence J. Newcomer signed the order by which the city will pay $548.78 to each of the 82 Hispanics who joined in a suit filed against the city by the community group, Spring Garden United Neighbors. The civil rights suit, filed June 6, contended that Hispanics were "detained, questioned, threatened, coerced, arrested and assaulted" by police after the killing of Officer Thomas Trench.
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August 26, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
THE EFFORTS of the new salvage team brought aboard are already being felt on the S.S. Trump, which is listing 15 degrees. Campaign chairman Paul Manafort was forced to walk the plank, and was replaced with a yin and yang duet - positive vs. negative, good cop vs. bad cop. The chief executive ( bad cop) is Steve Bannon, a bare-knuckled brawler from the far-right Breitbart News operation, while senior adviser and pollster Kellyanne Conway (good cop) takes the title of campaign manager.
SPORTS
July 17, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' current 25-man roster contains as many players from Venezuela (6) as from the California, Texas and Florida teams combined. In all, there are 12 Phillies of Hispanic descent, including the team's leaders in batting average, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases, wins and ERA. All that represents a high-water mark in both quality and quantity for a franchise whose history with non-Anglo ballplayers dates back 81 years but who until recently failed...
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to let folic acid be added to corn masa flour, a change expected to spare Hispanic babies from devastating birth defects - and a change that some advocates say is long overdue. "With this approval, FDA is taking a powerful, preventive public health action," Jonca Bull, director of the FDA's Office of Minority Health, said in a statement. "Many Hispanic women don't benefit from the folic acid in cereal grain products because those products are not a mainstay of their regular diets.
NEWS
March 15, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Time's up Too many debates? Way, way too many debates. During Wednesday's Democratic offering, I was able to give Hillary Clinton's and Bernie Sanders' answers before they did, using the same language they did ("Dems debate who's best for Hispanics," Thursday). I have heard them too many times. I'm done listening. |Dr. Steven Barrer, Huntingdon Valley, sjbarrer@gmail.com
NEWS
March 2, 2016
ISSUE | PREJUDICE Respect, not hatred Racist and anti-Semitic comments were evidently made to disrupt a community meeting hosted by South Philadelphia HOMES ("Meeting ends after anti-Jewish comments," Wednesday). We are saddened to see that our progress as a society in racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance has been so limited since the 1930s. Expressing disagreement with the ideas and thoughts of others is essential in a democratic society. We always have, and it is hoped always will, defend this basic right.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By John Rice
AN INVESTMENT in young Hispanics today will mean a more prosperous future for all Philadelphians. Hispanics represent the fastest growing population in Philadelphia. And the Latino student population here is growing faster than any other group. Leadership across the city has been charged with confronting the nuances of this growth. But with growth comes growing pains . . . for Latinos, that is. The achievement gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students is still hugely problematic, exacerbated by the fact that 44 percent of Latinos in Philadelphia live in poverty.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Lisa Gillespie, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
The rate of Hispanic children without health insurance fell to a historic low in 2014, the first year that key parts of Obamacare took effect, but they still represent a disproportionate share of the nation's uninsured youth, according to a new study. About 300,000 Hispanic children gained insurance in 2014 from 2013, dropping the number of uninsured to 1.7 million, researchers said. Their uninsured rate fell to 9.7 percent, almost 2 percentage points below the year before. In New Jersey, one of the 10 states with the largest populations of Hispanic children, the uninsurance rate for that group was 7.0 percent, compared with 7.4 percent in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Lidia Hernandez took chairs down off tables and unrolled mats on the floor of her East Camden restaurant, Lupita's, preparing for the lunch customers, who start coming as early as 11 a.m. Down the block on Federal Street, Monica Herrera talked with a client in her accounting office, tax forms strewed on the table. Across the street, Grisel Nunez organized the day's deliveries in her flower shop, Nyla's, behind a window decorated with poinsettias and wreaths. Along Federal from 21st to 27th Streets, shop owners pulled up metal grates, hosed off sidewalks, piped music out from speakers, and set Christmas trees in front of storefronts.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Cesar Conde, the head of Comcast-owned Telemundo network, peppers his conversation with references to popular American cable shows Homeland and Breaking Bad , and says it feels like a new era in Spanish-language TV. There is, Conde said, "a tectonic shift taking place in Hispanic media. " And Philadelphia's Comcast - which acquired the also-ran Telemundo network as part of its $30 billion deal for NBCUniversal in 2011 - is aiming to be a big part of it. The nation's cable giant, with tentacles all over the media landscape, is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to take on the No. 1 Spanish-language network, Univision, by developing faster-paced Americanized dramas, locking up the TV rights to World Cup Soccer into the 2020s, and launching live local newscasts in big TV markets, such as Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AS A CHILD in the first Hispanic family on his Fairhill block, Luis Torrado had to street fight to end the ethnic taunts from neighbor kids and gain their respect. As owner of Torrado Construction in Port Richmond, he's spent his adult years fighting negative attitudes toward hiring minority contractors by proving himself over and over again. It's been a long, tough journey since he grew up on Mascher Street near Tusculum in the '70s. "You had a choice," Torrado said. "You could bow down or you could fight.
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