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Bienvenido a federal hill

My grandfather's house still stands on Westminster Street in Providence, its yard overlooking the Armory field where my uncles would gather to play bocce.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 01, 2010

Jews and Latinos get cozy

While US Senate Republicans dropped politically prudent bombshells on Sonia Sotomayor during her Supreme Court–nomination hearings this week, watchdogs from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Latino Professional Network (LPN) kept extra close ears
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009

Judging the judge

Women may not yet have full equality, but Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the US Supreme Court proves we can compete with the big guys now. It also means that women accepting patronage (and every political appointment is patronage) have an equal shot at
Facing the facts of the Sotomayor nomination
By Mary Ann Sorrentino  |  June 05, 2009

¡Vamos a rock!

'Rock en Español 2' rides a new East Coast wave of Latino music
'Rock en Español 2' rides a new East Coast wave of Latino music
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  December 09, 2008

A field guide to activism in Rhode Island

If you’re interested in becoming an agent of change, identify a cause close to your heart and connect with one of the groups working on it.
Issues + organizing = real-world experience
By MEGHAN GRADY  |  August 27, 2008

Through race-colored glasses

Folks, we have an elephant in the middle of our national living room. And I don’t mean the Republican Party. It’s race.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 20, 2008


Giant step

Two weeks ago we noted that, in spite of all the press hype promoting Barack Obama, the Democrats were only two steps away from chaos in their nomination process.
If Hillary Clinton can take Pennsylvania, the Democrats will be shooting themselves in the foot
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 05, 2008

Politicos Latinos

This article originally appeared in the February 22, 1983 issue of the  Boston Phoenix.

The growing clout of the Hispanic community

By ALAN LUPO  |  February 22, 2008

Love in the Time of Cholera

Granted, this is hardly the first Hollywood film to feature Latinos practicing ESL in their own land, but with lines like “Her smell is in my noh-streels,” it’s among the dumbest.
Film in the Time of Oprah
By ROB NELSON  |  November 14, 2007

Voto para mi?

In East Boston, hopes have been high that Democratic candidate Gloribell Mota might draw the neighborhood’s Hispanic residents into the political process.
Why can’t a Latina candidate mobilize Eastie’s Hispanics?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 19, 2007

Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007


Across the universe

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the two parties aren’t even in the same solar system.
The Republicans are telescoping issues voters will likely still care about on Election Day 2008
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 06, 2007

Rockets men

In 1982, two brothers from Oxnard, California, 60 miles northwest of LA, self-published the first issue of a comic they called Love and Rockets .
Brown showcases the comix world of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007

It wasn’t a dream

Many observers believe the Democrats’ gains were mostly a one-time rejection of all things Republican. But is this just the beginning of a period of political ascendancy for the Democratic Party? Ten to beat: Republicans who are ripe for the picking.
Four signs that the Democratic gains in 2006 could mark the start of a new, blue era in American politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 28, 2006

Law and disorder

Recently, I awoke to the morning news on my clock radio that the previous day had three notable robberies, one by a white man, another by a pair of black men, and a third where the race of the perpetrator wasn’t mentioned.
 Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 13, 2006

The latinos take it to the next level

The latest US Census data — showing a growing number of immigrants living in the US, including many from Mexico — won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Rhode Island politics.
More candidates, more challenges, and the quest for clout
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  August 29, 2006


The blacks try to get back in the game

If ever there were a golden opportunity to increase black political representation in Rhode Island, it would be this fall’s City Council elections in Providence, home to the largest black community in the state.
Increased political organizing is targeted after years of lethargy
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 18, 2006

Capital power

In 2002, it was no mere coincidence that David N. Cicilline’s Providence mayoral campaign placed its campaign headquarters on Elmwood Avenue, in the heart of the capital city’s Latino community.
Providence remains the political base for RI’s Latinos
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  August 17, 2006

WRIB’s ethnic broadcasting bites the dust

A few decades back, long before the political activation of Rhode Island’s extended Latino community, the Spanish-language programming on WRIB was a vital source of news and information for newcomers to the state.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 12, 2006

Depena leaving RI Democratic Party post for city job

After attracting mixed reviews during two-and-a-half years in the job, Depena is leaving to take a position next month as executive director of the moribund Providence Human Relations Commission.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 14, 2006

Hot stuff

I’ve waited four years to be able to walk in Portland and Saco-Biddeford and other good-sized communities in Maine and be able to see a non-white face (often several) pretty much every day.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 31, 2006

In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants?

Illegal immigrants in Rhode Island can get an education through high school, but the guarantee ends there. If they want to go to college in the state, they must pay the same tuition as out-of-state students.
Education = Opportunity
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  May 24, 2006

Providence council races start to take shape

This year’s Providence City Council races — in which at least two strong supporters of Mayor David N. Cicilline seem inclined to challenge incumbents, and several Latino candidates are taking on old-school councilors — promise to make for riveting polit
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 17, 2006

Daisy, Horton, ¡Peligro!

The Massachusetts governor’s election is just six short months away, but three candidates — Republican lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, Democratic attorney general Tom Reilly, and independent businessman Christy Mihos — still haven’t rolled out any vi
Three ads to spice up the guv race
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 04, 2006

Taking a stand

In perhaps the largest political demonstration in Rhode Island history, thousands of people rallied at the State House Monday to support the legalization of undocumented immigrants.
Immigrant protesters push for equality
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 03, 2006

Tortas out the trunk

The video for Chingo Bling’s “Walk like Cleto” opens in a dank basement full of scantily dressed chicas wrapping packages in butcher paper, drug-cartel style.
Chingo Bling, ‘Tamale Kingpin’
By JULIANNE SHEPHERD  |  May 02, 2006


Social studies III

Cherrie Moraga’s The Hungry Woman , subtitled A Mexican Medea, is an attempt to incorporate pre-Hispanic La Llorona (the Weeping Woman) mythology with a quasi-contemporary tale of the Greek tragic figure, seen through a feminist lesbian lens.
The Hungry Woman explores a mix of myths
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2006

Revived RI Black PAC gets back in the ring

While Latinos have set the pace in political organizing among statewide minorities in recent years, a revived RI Black Political Action Committee hopes to raise the concerns of black Rhode Islanders while also fostering closer collaboration with Hispanic
Talking Politics, Pt. 2
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 15, 2006

Providence police pair with RICH for novel training

The concept of utilizing the humanities to help train Providence police cadets might have once strained the imagination.
City watch
By JESSICA RICCI  |  February 09, 2006

The rise of reggaeton

That beat you’ve been hearing — the steady boom-ch-boom-chick  rattling the trunks of passing cars and moving masses in the club — isn’t just another fleeting hip-hop trend.
From Daddy Yankee to Tego Calderón, and beyond
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  January 19, 2006