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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Originator And Star of “Hamilton,” Creates Arts Fund For Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped up to a podium shortly after landing in Puerto Rico on Sunday to announce he has helped create a multimillion-dollar fund to boost the arts in the U.S. territory as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.

The “Hamilton” playwright said he hopes the fund will grow to $15 million in upcoming years. He added that he will donate all funds from the Broadway hit when it is performed January in Puerto Rico.

“The goal wasn’t just artistic satisfaction, but how can we leave Puerto Rico a little better than we found it,” said Miranda, whose parents are from the island.

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Los Angeles County Apologizes For Forced Sterilizations Of Latinas In The’60s And ’70s

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More than 200 women, most of them Latinas, were sterilized between 1968 and 1974 by a Los Angeles County medical center, a little-known eugenics incident that took place in postwar United States and continued for years despite lawsuits and protests.

That’s right, women in L.A. County in modern times were sterilized by trained and licensed doctors during a period of trendy fears of a brown “population boom. ” Many involved are still alive.

One such case pitted a group of Latinas known as the Madigral 10 against L.A. county’s lead obstetrician, Dr. James Quilligan, who reportedly approved of the sterilizations on 10 women because “poor minority women in L.A. County ...

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North Carolina, A Household Name For Farmworkers Who Head Up North

Newly-arrived workers settle in their housing at Four Oaks on a Friday afternoon. For many of the young workers, it is their first season of farmwork in the United States. (Photo by Aarón Sánchez Guerra)v ia Latinousa.org

Newly-arrived workers settle in their housing at Four Oaks on a Friday afternoon. For many of the young workers, it is their first season of farmwork in the United States. (Photo by Aarón Sánchez Guerra)v ia Latinousa.org

 

 

Aaron Sánchez Guerra completed this photo essay while working at North Carolina Farmworkers Project, a nonprofit in Durham, NC.

DURHAM, NC — The state of North Carolina has long been a household name in Mexico, as fathers and sons disappear from their homes for six to 10 months at a time to work, usually to pick tobacco and sweet potatoes.

In a state that has gone from a Latino population of ...

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