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,...
Latinos rise in higher education
Latinos rise in higher education
By Crystal Ramirez— As Yesenia Felix sits in many of her college classes, she notices one thing. She is one of only a few Latino students occupying the seats. The 18-year-old freshman believes although she might be part of a minority population at Aurora University, this will soon...
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...
Color café con leche
Color café con leche
By Patricia Boscan— Dear Mami and Papi, I love café con leche. Abuela used to tease me by saying if I ingested too much of anything, I would turn the same color as it. Is it true that I’m adopted like my brother and sister tirelessly told me because I don’t look like them?...
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...
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...
Querida madre
Querida madre
By Marlin Bucio — Querida madre mia (Dear mother of mine), I write to you this letter to let you know how grateful I feel you have passed on to me the traditions and culture of our aesthetic country of Mexico. For you, I have learned and embraced my valuable Mexican roots. Although...
The hidden cost of losing loved ones
The hidden cost of losing loved ones
By Sylvia Obén — After losing her daughter to an accidental shooting, Evelyn Perez had the realization of the extensive costs of preparing a funeral. Manuel Martinez, who is an embalmer at a funeral home with a primarily Hispanic clientele, describes the impact and cost of funerals...

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