Born in the Dominican Republic, Rafael has sat in a Michigan prison cell for the past 22 years for minor, non-violent drug offenses. He’s a victim of the war on drugs, and it’s time he came home.
Now that Saturday Night Live has come and gone and Trump is still on the warpath, here’s a 10-point plan that Latinos can draw from for their next move.
On the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, this weekend’s demonstration will see a uniting of Black and brown people — and not just men.
Many people are unaware of just how dark a flourishing and shady police subculture really is. Police brutality has been brought to the forefront of society, perhaps due to the influx of social media usage and smartphones. Today we are catching gross violations of the law carried out by police officers who have been sworn […]
This week, as President Barack Obama commuted sentences for 46 non-violent drug offenders, we revisit the story of Jay Hernandez, the first Latino given clemency by President Obama in 2012. Earlier today, President Obama went to El Reno, Oklahoma, where he visited a prison to push criminal justice reform. Jay served time in that very […]
Over the weekend, I’m sure you called all of your gente to invite them over or secure a spot to watch “The Fight.” All along, Floyd Mayweather told us it was going to be a great fight, the Fight of the Century. And as Michael Buffer delivered his signature, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” moments […]
This is the next installment of a human storytelling experience. The first piece, Alejandro López’s story of living with HIV, can be found here. About a year ago, Gawker ran a series of “Letters from Death Row,” which featured one from Ray Jasper. In Jasper’s letter, he made several claims on the state of America’s prisons […]
During my travels and with many different endeavors, I have the privilege of meeting several bright and charismatic leaders from across the globe. As someone who has dedicated his life to developing positive, social change in a society where quantifiable progress comes slowly, we as Latinos often become tired of fighting, resisting and advocating for […]
Six corporations control 90% of everything we watch, listen to and read in the United States. Go ahead and let that sink in. Never mind the monopolizing of business, but focus more on the monopolizing of your views. The gentle programming beat of the mass media goes on, ever so slyly, that it’s nearly unrecognizable. […]
2014 was supposed to be the year of the “Latino vote.” If this year taught us anything about Latinos and voting trends, it proved that we as a people are more complex than perhaps once believed. Regardless, let’s dissect the highly contested midterms elections and consider other little-known takeaways for the year. 1. It’s not […]
In the wake of several high-profile cases of excessive police force and a damning CIA torture report, we in the U.S. are reminded that the instruments of government policing are often times no better than the criminals we indict. And while those criminals are typically of Black and Brown descent, we are juxtaposed by the […]