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A Latina Military Sex Assault Survivor Fights Discharge Status

Bianca Cruz at her home in Hamden, Connecticut. (Photo by Tony Bacewicz for C-Hit.org)

Bianca Cruz at her home in Hamden, Connecticut. (Photo by Tony Bacewicz for C-Hit.org)


Bianca Cruz’s Navy career started with a job she loved on a ship in Japan, but after she was sexually assaulted by a sailor, her military life spiraled downward, ending with a “bad paper” discharge after serving 20 months.

“If it weren’t for the sexual assault, I would still be in Japan,” said Cruz, 22, a Navy hospital corpsman, who returned home in November 2015.

Cruz is among the thousands of sexual assault victims who have been pushed out of the military with a less than honorable discharge, according to a Human Rights Watch report ...

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Leading Republican: Borinqueneers Monument Noble But Not With State Funding

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Bill Sarno


Editor’s Update: On Tuesday, July 12, the $300,000 for the monument in New Britain honoring the ‘Borinqueneers’ was approved.

For members of Connecticut’s Puerto Rican community who have been working for several years to create a memorial park in New Britain  to honor the 65th Regiment Infantry “Borinqueneers,” it is a recognition that is needed, warranted and should become a reality as soon as possible.

However, a leading Republican legislator last week said a proposed grant for a monument in the park is among the items for state bonding allocations that are unjustified and reflect Democratic financial mismanagement.

“Projects like this monument can be paid ...

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Chicago…Home To The Only Puerto Rican Museum In The U.S.

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Chi-Ricans don’t always get the love they deserve. With the historical center of the Puerto Rican diaspora based around the New York metro area, and the more recent exodus of Boricuas into central Florida, it’s easy to overlook the 100,000-strong community holding it down for la Isla del Encanto in the Windy City.

But that hasn’t stopped Chicago’s Boricuas from repping hard. From the original Young Lords, to the Paseo Boricua, Chicago Ricans have been quietly creating some of the most iconic expressions of puertorriqueñidad in the diaspora. And this year they celebrate another milestone as the U.S.’s only museum dedicated entirely to Puerto Rican arts and culture ...

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