Monday, September 15, 2014

Interview with Sylvia Puente: Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum

Photo courtesy of Latino Policy Forum
I have been fortunate to receive an invitation to take part in overseas travels to study and understand immigrant integration in other countries. That's been another fascinating experience where I've got a global view on immigration, integration and the challenges and initiatives that immigrants face in Israel, Spain, Belgium and Germany. I did research in Mexico too, to see the direct experience of where people come to Mexico from the United States in terms of what their origins are, what their opportunities are like, and what was drawing Mexican immigrants to the United States. [read]




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11: Out of the Rubble, Captain Brenda Berkman

Brenda Berkman, circa 1982 (Photo via Labor Arts)
On that eerie day of September 11th 2001, Captain Brenda Berkman found herself amongst the rubble which was piled seven stories high, attempting to locate survivors. Though the voices of people could no longer be heard, she did what she knew to do- risk her life while hoping that she could save others [read]

Monday, September 8, 2014

POLAND: Interview with Graciella Kowalczyk, An International Award Winning Pianist And Concert Soloist

Photo courtesy of Graciella Kowalczyk

As women and mothers, we should strive to make sure that the next generation have access to music education, independently from their socioeconomic status.  Access to music lessons should not be for the privileged few, but should be a simple human right of every child. It improves memory, concentration, discipline, and the ability to analyze and solve problems, enabling the brain to learn more efficiently in all subjects. It was Pythagorus who said, “Music is math made audible.” Quality music education facilitates improvement of our society as a whole. [read]


Monday, September 1, 2014

Slideshow: This Labor Day We Honor Clara Lemlich and The Brave Women Strikers of The Garment and Shirt Waist Factories

Two Women Strikers during "Uprising of 20,000": Library of Congress: George Grantham Bain Collection

The strike ended a year later on March 25, 1911 as a result of  Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire which killed 146 people in under 18 minutes. It was considered  the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history which exposed the plight of immigrant women working in dangerous and difficult conditions. [read]