Fidel Castro’s death: my perspective as a half Cuban

Since Castro’s death, I have felt torn when friends ask me what I think. I grew up in Mexico as the daughter of a Cuban mother, surrounded by my Cuban relatives. As a child, Cuba was a country I only knew through my family’s whispered criticisms of the government, their joyful memories of their youth, and my short visits to see my grandmother. My perspective changed when I grew older and lived there. Continue reading Fidel Castro’s death: my perspective as a half Cuban

Why Do Many Cubans Vote Republican?

Cubans are the only people who can become U.S. residents after one year in the country, thanks to the Cuban Adjustment Act, a law enacted in 1966. After five years, they can get citizenship, making them eligible to vote. Unlike most Latin Americans who support Hillary Clinton, Cubans are split in their political opinions, partly because they disagree on how the United States should proceed in its relations with Cuba. Continue reading Why Do Many Cubans Vote Republican?

The story of a Latino in New York City who supports Trump

Even as many U.S. Hispanics were offended by the Republican candidate’s remarks about Latinos, some still support him. Jaime Steinberg is one of those backing Trump. Steinberg, 78, lives in the Bronx, New York. A Bolivian by birth, he cannot vote because he is not an American citizen. Nonetheless, Steinberg fully supports Trump’s bid for the presidency of the country the immigrant has called home … Continue reading The story of a Latino in New York City who supports Trump

Voting rights volunteers monitor polling stations to protect Latino vote

Volunteers from LatinoJustice’s Nonpartisan Cada Voto Cuenta Election Monitoring Initiative were hard at work on November 8th from dawn to the closing of voting stations. With over 300 volunteers in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New York, the civil rights organization sought to ensure that Latino communities were able to make use of their voting rights, and assist them in doing so. La Maquina … Continue reading Voting rights volunteers monitor polling stations to protect Latino vote

Inwood Goes to Vote, 72% of Population Is Immigrant

Washington Heights and Inwood extend from 155th Street to the northern tip of Manhattan. With nearly half of its population comprised of immigrants and 72% self-identifying as Hispanic or Latino according to New York census data, the area is also home to the largest Dominican community in the city. As Latino voters across the country flock to the polls in record numbers to cast their ballots … Continue reading Inwood Goes to Vote, 72% of Population Is Immigrant

Getting Out the Vote South of the Border

More than 100 Americans packed into Sereno Moreno, a cantina in a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City, to watch the second presidential debate on Oct. 9. CNN blared in English on the nine TV screens suspended from the walls around the room, while two friendly retirees wearing dark blue “Hillary for President 2016” T-shirts welcomed attendees and instructed them to sign in. Beside the retirees, volunteers … Continue reading Getting Out the Vote South of the Border

Hamilton Heights Hispanics Turn Out to Vote

Joaquin arrives at the polling station on 626 de Riverside Drive and calls out to a man waiting outside, pointing to him and asking: “Trump?” The answer comes in Spanish and leaves no room for doubt: “Are you kidding?” Joaquin cannot help but show his dismay, “I can’t believe it!” Like Joaquin, many voters coming and going from the River View residential building are latinos, … Continue reading Hamilton Heights Hispanics Turn Out to Vote

Across the Border, Authors Speak

Whether driven by careers, economic opportunity or following artistic pursuits, many Mexicans and Americans move across their shared border. This is true of authors David Lida and Álvaro Enrigue, who have created lives on the other side. Lida, from New York City, first travelled as a tourist to Mexico and has lived in Mexico City since 1990, working as a journalist and author. He is … Continue reading Across the Border, Authors Speak