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Latino? But You Don’t Speak Spanish? This Poet Aids Your Struggle

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Spanish-speaking has long been a fraught part of Latino identity formation, and there are many reasons why second or third generation Latinos may not be able to speak it well – not least of which is a powerful social stigma that for decades encouraged assimilation at the expense of preserving Latino cultural heritage.

Back in the day, speaking Spanish outside of the home was discouraged and even punished. In the 1960s and 1970s, students were subject to paddlings and corner-time for speaking Spanish in school. But even today, without such overt penalties, it is proving difficult to pass the language on to next generations of US-born Latinos.

A recent Pew ...

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A Troubled Homeland High On The Minds Of Venezuelans In Connecticut

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Bill Sarno                                                                                                                                                                                      CTLatinoNews.com

On a Friday evening when many Connecticut residents were heading home to begin their weekends, Marla Velez drove though the rush hour traffic and gathering thunder storm clouds to a friend’s home in Simsbury to pick up household items and other essentials destined for shipment to her native Venezuela, a nation in the grips of a profound humanitarian crisis.

Velez, who works as a system administrator for a human resources company in Darien, makes the ride from Fairfield County to the Hartford suburb in order to gather up toothpaste, along with personal care products, toothbrushes, children’s clothing and other items desperately needed In the impoverished South American ...

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A Latino Connection At Yard Goats Games?

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Special to CTLatinoNews.com                                                                                                                                                                 Karen Cortés

Truth be told, I’m not a sports fan. My excursion to Thursday’s Yard Goats v. Rumble Ponies game at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford was to be an extension of happy hour downtown. What I found was a park where seasoned fans and (ahem) less-knowledgeable patrons could cheer for players on the cusp of the majors, stroll the food concourse, or both.

After a year-long delay in opening the park, it was recently named the winner in the third-annual Best of the Ballparks fan vote from Ballpark Digest. “The fans know baseball. They’ve provided our players with a major league atmosphere,” says Jeff Dooley, the ...

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