September 26, 1994 |
Crowds lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Chestnut Street yesterday to watch the Puerto Rican Week Festival parade. The parade, which started at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and proceeded to Independence Hall, wrapped up the festival.
May 24, 2013 |
DEAR GOV. CORBETT, Aren't you getting tired of that smell? First you step in it when you suggest that the jobless are unemployed because they can't pass a drug test. And now, you're talking about Latinos as if they're as elusive as the chupacabra. (It's like a Latino Jersey Devil.) In case you missed it, Corbett stepped in it - again - Friday during a roundtable discussion at the Union League hosted by the Hispanic newspaper Al Dia . (Apparently the big guy didn't get the memo about knowing your audience.)
October 25, 1996 |
For the year 2000 Census, here's a radical idea: U.S. residents of Mexican or Central American-origin, as well as most other Latinos, should declare themselves "Native American" on the Census questionnaire. The way it is now, most Latinos are virtually obliged to put themselves in the "white" racial category, even though they are the descendants of indigenous people who have lived in the Americas for thousands of years. In Mexico and Central America, the people there do not consider themselves white, but rather indigenous or indigenous mestizos, people of mixed Indian, African and European lineage.
June 12, 1990 |
Testimony describing the low percentage of Latino employees in the Health, Recreation and Human Services Departments was heard yesterday at a hearing of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, along with statements by city department heads that they were doing everything they could to hire Latinos. Depending on the estimate, Latinos make up 6 to 10 percent of the city's population. Just 1.5 percent of the city Health Department's 1,749 employees are Puerto Rican or Latino, said Health Commissioner Maurice Clifford.
May 6, 2003
The headlines about the selection of the next member of the state Supreme Court may be fading, but the repercussions of that decision are just beginning. It's essential we move forward and create a working foundation using the hard lessons learned in recent weeks. But to ensure this occurs, we must recognize that the issue surrounding Zulima Farber, one of the most respected people in this state, was not a fight between Latinos and African Americans seeking the same piece of the pie. That categorization simply serves to deflect attention from the issues and obstacles both groups face in New Jersey.
March 4, 2013 |
Twenty years ago, after waiting for a newspaper job that never materialized, Colombian émigré Hernan Guaracao, a trained journalist, created Al Día, an eight-page newsletter published from his home in North Philadelphia. It began as a "hobby," Guaracao said in a recent interview, but it had a serious purpose: to present news of interest to Spanish-speaking readers in a format that challenged media stereotypes about Latinos. Today Al Día flourishes as the leading Spanish-English weekly of Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware, a region of a half-million foreign-born Hispanics and their descendants.
July 17, 2009 |
ONE person's Great American Success Story is another's irrelevant footnote. All depends on who's telling the tale. Example: Child of Latino immigrants overcomes adversity, works hard, makes it to the Ivy League, then the law review and rises to the highest echelons of the legal profession. Child-turned-accomplished adult gets tapped for a prestigious federal judgeship. And Democrats wage a bitter battle against the nomination, up to and including the rarely used filibuster.
May 28, 2011 |
LANCASTER, Pa. - Lancaster's rolling hills are steeped in the traditions of the Amish, whose plain dress and humility are as much a tourist lure as their quilts and pies. But, as an iconic symbol, this Lancaster image could need a revision. Instead of Zerbe's potato chips, think chicharrones. Egg casserole? How about chilaquiles ? Pulled pork? Did someone say lechón asado ? Increasingly, the flavors of this south-central Pennsylvania region - famous for its mud sales and outlets - bear a marked Latin accent that goes beyond language and cuisine.
April 25, 2007 |
Angel Perez says it's important his children know that jail is a dreadful and dangerous place, not one he wants them to see - not even on a visit. Perez, 42, was separated from his five children for a year while he served time for drug possession. "I don't think kids should go to see their fathers in jail," said Perez, a custodian at a private school in North Philadelphia. "They might think, 'It's OK for me to go to jail.' " A resident of the city's Kensington section, Perez, who has a son in jail, said he wanted to keep his four other children out of the grips of the criminal justice system and prison.
August 14, 1990 |
Nereida Silva, a cousin of James "Bebe" Martinez, was of two emotions when a Common Pleas jury returned a sentence of life in prison for her cousin and four other defendants convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Sean Daily. (Two other defendants were found guilty of third-degree murder.) "I am relieved because they gave them life, but I'm not happy," said Silva, 24. "It's racist and we're getting tired of being treated like we're nobody. " If Latinos had sat on the jury of seven men and five women - six whites and six African-Americans - the six defendants who were Latino might have been treated differently, she said.