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Op-ED – Puerto Rico: The Battle For Paradise

Photo: mostphoto.com

Photo: mostphoto.com

Like everywhere else in Puerto Rico, the small mountain city of Adjuntas was plunged into total darkness by Hurricane Maria. When residents left their homes to take stock of the damage, they found themselves not only without power and water, but also totally cut off from the rest of the island. Every single road was blocked, either by mounds of mud washed down from the surrounding peaks, or by fallen trees and branches. Yet amid this devastation, there was one bright spot.

A Solar Oasis

Just off the main square, a large, pink colonial-style house had light shining through every window. It glowed like a beacon in the ...

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The U.S. Industries Can’t Work Without Undocumented Immigrants

photo credit: civilieats.org

photo credit: civilieats.org

 

The nation’s attention is currently on the southern border, where the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has caused a crisis over separated immigrant children.

Sometimes forgotten as the nation focuses attention on migrants currently trying to cross the border is that millions of undocumented immigrants continue to live in the U.S. – and most of them work.

And in fact, these workers play vital roles in the U.S. economy, erecting American buildings, picking American apples and grapes, and taking care of American babies. Oh, and paying American taxes.

My work as the director of the Cornell Farmworker Program involves meeting with undocumented workers in ...

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‘Sudor Taino’ – How One Latina Turned A Near-Death Experience Into A Fitness Ideology

Photo courtesy of Sudor Taino Fitness Studio

Photo courtesy of Sudor Taino Fitness Studio

 

Annika Darling/CTLatinoNews.com

At 635 New Park Avenue, West Hartford, Conn., one Latina has used fitness to create a unified tribe. There are no judgments, everyone is included, workouts are innovative and everyone supports one another. Who is the leader of this tribe? Karla Medina.

Medina is a community focused, driven Latina. For more than 20 years she has been a law enforcement officer for the Hartford Police Department and an advocate for fitness. Two years ago she retired from the Hartford PD and began pursuing her passion for fitness full time. The result: Sudor Taino, a fitness studio founded on a unique ...

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