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...
Querida Solita, Con Amor
Querida Solita, Con Amor
By Sarah Salgado — Querida Solita, It may be hard to be lonely, but it is even harder to be misunderstood. Heck. I feel so alone that I’m writing this letter to my damn self. Coming from a really big family, one would think that it would be hard to be lonely. It’s not. My...
Latina principal leads against all odds
Latina principal leads against all odds
By Alexandra Ahmad — Walking the halls, she greets the smiling faces of each and every student as they enter the halls of Columbus West. Every little voice saying, “Good Morning, Ms. Jimenez.” Assistant principal by the age of 30, and principal by the age of 33. Claudia Jimenez,...
A Puerto Rican explores art space
A Puerto Rican explores art space
By Sylvia Obén — When Edra Soto isn’t teaching art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or SAIC, she is exhibiting artwork on her patio and reliving her cultural roots. In 2012, Soto, 42, and her husband Dan Sullivan created an outdoor gallery space called The Franklin in...
One step back, two steps forward
One step back, two steps forward
By Marlin Bucio — I remember feeling sick to my stomach. I couldn’t believe my eyes.  The pregnancy test was positive. I could feel my palms sweating excessively and my heart pounded like never before. There I was, 19, living on campus and enrolled in college. What were...
Poets and Community: Thoughts from the Latino Books and Family Festival
Poets and Community: Thoughts from the L
By Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo– This past weekend was the Latino Books and Family Festival at California State University, Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to be invited to speak on a panel at the event entitled “From Inspiration to Publication: The Business of Poetry,”...
Immigration: A love story
Immigration: A love story
By Lynndel Noriega– “Up, up with education! Down, down with deportation!” chanted a crowd of 30 or so Latin American youths holding hand-painted signs advocating the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant “restricted” residency...
Shaping her own destiny
Shaping her own destiny
By Amalia Gonzalez and Jenny Patiño — Walking into Panaderia/Tortilleria Nuevo Leon, you can find Marisa Morado working behind the counter, bagging delicious sweet bread and ringing up customers. She grew up in Pilsen, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood of Chicago and now...

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