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The Chinese Volunteers Who Fought In The Spanish Civil War – Their Amazing Courage And Obscure Fates

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In the autumn of 1937, Zhang Ruishu was enjoying a rare break from his 14-hour days on the frontline. One of very few, if not the only, Chinese in Madrid, he hadn’t asked for time off – there was so much to do – but his commander had insisted he take a break. The Spanish capital was decorated with defiant if raggedy banners reading No pasarán (“They shall not pass”) and Madrid será la tumba del fascismo (“Madrid will be the tomb of fascism”). Zhang had seen many such signs before. At a newsstand, however, a large promotional poster for Spanish news magazine Estampa caught his eye.

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CT Students: ‘Undocumented, Unafraid, Here To Stay’

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Bill Sarno



When the U.S. Supreme Court recently applied the brakes to President Obama’s executive order to shield more immigrants from deportation, it was a “sad day” for many of those in the undocumented population, but hardly a fatal blow to those seeking to revamp immigration policy.

 “It (Obama’s order) was a small patch on something bigger that needs to be fixed,” said Julio Lopez-Varona, lead coordinator for Make The Road CT, an immigrant advocacy and assistance organization based in Bridgeport.

The battle cry “undocumented, unafraid, here to stay” continues to be expressed with fervor as organizations such as CT Students for a Dream, Make the Road CT ...

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Latinos Teaching Latinos Another Language: Coding

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Noting the tech industry boom, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation is mobilizing a team of Latino coders to travel to underserved school districts to inspire Hispanic youth to enter the tech industry.

“We hear from Silicon Valley that they cannot find Latino engineers,” said Alberto Avalos, the Innovation and Technology Program Manager at the HHF. “There are plenty of Latino and Latina engineers that are graduating, so we are taking them directly to Silicon Valley ourselves.”

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, which was established by the White House in the 1980’s to recognize Latino leaders, organizes programs to prepare Hispanic youth entering rapidly growing industries. For the second ...

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