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Opinion: Racial Profiling Of Young Men Of Color An Issue That Must Be Addressed


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Photo: subjectguides.fortlewis.edu


Cynthia D. Mares
Hispanic National Bar Association

As attorneys, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) lawyers have a responsibility to ensure that our legal system is just, that police officers who use undue force are held accountable, and that broken policies such as lack of training and lack of accountability are fixed before any more tragedies happen. Moreover, fundamental civil and human rights must be protected.

Recent events, like those in Ferguson, demonstrate that we as a country have not made much progress since the Rodney King tragedy many years ago. Every day, not only African Americans, but also Latinos, are racially profiled by police. According to 2010 Bureau of Justice statistics, while crime rates were equal, African-American men were six times as likely, and Latinos three times as likely, to be imprisoned than their white counterparts.

In 2007, Pew Hispanic reported that, “Latinos accounted for 40 …

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Letter To The Editor: Latino Endorses Former Opponent

Gerry Garcia, ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 2010. He received nearly 40% of the vote. Photo courtesy of Greenwichtimes.comtimes.

Gerry Garcia, ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 2010. He received nearly 40% of the vote. Photo courtesy of Greenwichtimes.com.

Gerry Garcia
New Haven


Today I write to publicly tip my cap to Denise Merrill, our Secretary of the State.

Mark Twain called Connecticut the State of Steady Habits, a nickname we have earned.  The nickname captures how we bring our Puritanical past into our present by expressing the resistance to change that is in our DNA.  It means that we divide ourselves into 169 city-states and even more school districts because … well, because that’s how we’ve always done it.

I first appreciated our adherence to our State of Steady Habits in 2009, around the same time I met the then-General Assembly Majority Leader Denise Merrill, as we competed against each other for the Democratic nomination to run for Secretary of the State.  I was an outsider, …

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Opinion: We Need You, We Don’t Need You

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Diane Alverio

We need you, but we don’t need you: That’s the message Connecticut’s Latino voters are getting this year.

Pundits and news reports have been telling us since early in the election season that the state’s Latino swing vote is key in several races. But, if candidates are wooing Latinos, the message has been confusing at best. The race giving the state’s Latinos the most whiplash is the close gubernatorial contest between incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley in which a slim margin will most likely decide the outcome.

A few of the congressional campaigns are equally guilty, but the race for governor is leaving Latinos around the state and even many Latino political leaders, from both parties, shaking their heads in amazement that neither candidate pulled out all stops to win over this electorate.

First, just to set the record straight, Latinos …

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