Cuban salon gives hope to breast cancer survivors
Cuban salon gives hope to breast cancer
By Sylvia Obén— October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Illinois ranked as the 9th highest in the U.S. for cases of breast cancer, according to the latest survey conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in...
Author Sonia Nazario discusses own unfinished journey
Author Sonia Nazario discusses own unfin
Danielle Dwyer— Every day journalists work to seek the truth, tell the story and be a watchdog for society. Goals that take hard work, determination and perseverance to achieve. For Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Sonia Nazario, these were traits she said she felt were...
Thank you for your stories
Thank you for your stories
“Hijo, we’re taking a big chance, we can be robbed , even killed. Remember the stories we’ve been hearing since we left home. But what can we do?” —Luz, In Search of Bernabe   By Elizabeth Giadans— Thank you for your stories on how you migrated to the land I was born...
Mexican Latina finds refuge in Little Village
Mexican Latina finds refuge in Little Vi
By Sylvia Oben — Unable to get out, even to go to the corner to wash laundry, Beatriz Santiago-Ramírez, an undocumented immigrant from Veracruz, has lived in the sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Little Village for a month and a half to avoid being deported. Beatriz Santiago-Ramírez,...
Undocumented and unreported
Undocumented and unreported
Sylvia Oben— Many immigrants are fearful to admit they have been victims of a crime, mainly because they believe they will be deported from the U.S. if they file a report. One mother feared for not only herself, but also of leaving behind her children. Nereyda Santos, 34, is...
Grasping at straws
Grasping at straws
Marlin Bucio— A colleague of mine, 23-year-old Dennis Hernandez, is a full-time student at Malcolm X College. He works two jobs, one at Pizza Hut and one working for a valet parking service. He is a very studious person who is undocumented, and he has striven to continue his studies....
Growing up tough
Growing up tough
By Jasmine Delgado— Not many kids have to grow up tough. Well, I did. I had to in many different ways, including mentally physically and morally. Where I come from, the barrio, or the “hood,” of East Los Angeles, it is not hard to fall behind morally. According to Street...
The housekeeper to my heart
The housekeeper to my heart
By Jennifer Nava— Latina stereotypes are often portrayed in the media. It’s not until it’s reflecting an image that is not true when controversies arise. The Latina woman is usually an attractive housekeeper and a single mother who works day-to-day to survive. The 2012...
El último adiós
El último adiós
By Angelica Sanchez— As I stand in line at the Martinez Funeral Home in Little Village, I’m feeling exhausted in every way possible. My eyes are swollen and tired because I felt like I haven’t slept in months. The cuticles of my nails have been gnawed upon to the point...
Making a healthier Pilsen
Making a healthier Pilsen
Crystal Ramirez— It’s not a sight one would expect to see.  Mexican immigrants and college hipsters walking down the aisles together.  Some reach for bags of El Milagro tortilla chips and a cold Jarrito beverage. Others come for the soy chorizo and homemade apple water....

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