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Former Venezuelan Politician Sees Signs Of Hope In His Homeland From His CT Home

Venezuela-SalasRomer-imageHenrique Salas Romer

Bill Sarno

CTLatinoNews.com

In only takes a few seconds for Henrique Salas Romer to call up on his cell phone photos of two young Venezuelan women, one a beauty pageant winner and the other an athlete, that were taken after they were fatally gunned down at demonstrations opposing the economic and political policies of their nation’s current president Nicolas Maduro.

In addition, Salas Romer, who heads one of Venezuela’s leading political families, a prominence he describes as similar to that once held by the Kennedys in the United States, can speak at length about the Maduro government’s violent repression of its opponents and share his insights into ...

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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

CTLatinoNews.com

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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