Clinton’s Historic Nomination Energizes Fil-Am Democrats

Clinton’s Historic Nomination Energizes Fil-Am Democrats

PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Clinton formally became the Democratic Party nominee for president on Tuesday, July 26, making history as the first woman to be on the top ticket for a major U.S. political party.

In a surprise video message broadcast at the Democratic National Convention, Clinton called the nomination “the biggest crack in the glass ceiling yet.”

“If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say: I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next!” she concluded.

She addressed the convention on Thursday night, July 28 to accept the honor and outline why she would make a better president than Republican nominee Donald J. Trump.

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Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC

Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC

PHILADELPHIA — As Asian American elected officials and community leaders take the stage here this week at the Democratic National Convention, the formidable presence and political force of Asian American voters on the nation’s electoral decision-making process can no longer be ignored.

Measured by the growing Asian electorate — which is projected to double from almost 6 million in 2016 to 12.2 million in 2040 — and the increasing number of Asian American congressional candidates, Asian voters can now shape and influence the elections, according to the Asian American Pacific and Islander (AAPI) Vote.

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These Are the Black Folks Skipping Out on the RNC This Year

The Republican National Convention may be noteworthy this year for one glaring reason: Who isn’t coming. In the case of African-American Republicans, the list is long. They are joined by a list of former GOP nominees for president who will not attend, which includes past GOP nominees for president Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mitt Romney. While the number of African Americans in attendance at the GOP convention was already low, the 2016 convention may have the lowest in terms of big names.

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My Student the Police Killed — Anthony Nuñez

My Student the Police Killed — Anthony Nuñez

Last year, when De-Bug Art Director Adrian Avila was teaching art classes at an alternative school in San Jose, he met a young man that would help him carry supplies, crack jokes, and loved to rap. Then last week he saw pictures of his smiling student in his news feeds — as a victim of a fatal police shooting. Here, Avila reflects on Anthony Nuñez as the student he got to meet doing art.

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U.S. Citizenship -- The Gift My Parents Gave Me

U.S. Citizenship — The Gift My Parents Gave Me

I could list off the ways I’ve been lucky in life, but it all stems from my parents’ decision to leave home and become American citizens.

The Vietnam War had ended in 1975, but five years later, the conflict was still fresh in people’s minds. The government was actively suppressing any suspected dissent. People were scrambling, trying to figure out how they were going to survive in this new oppressive and corrupt system. Some people, like my mom, figured out that they couldn’t.

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Muslim Woman in Hijab Becomes Officer at Wayne County Jail

Muslim Woman in Hijab Becomes Officer at Wayne County Jail

DETROIT – A Muslim woman in hijab is now a full time Deputy Police Officer at the Wayne County Jail Systems, a first for the Sheriff’s office.

Warren resident Marzana Ali, 27, was among 12 officers who graduated last week from the Wayne County Sheriff’s jail academy.

On Monday, June 6, she began her first day as a deputy officer at the jail. It was also the first day of Ramadan.

“I am fasting on the job,” Ali said. “And I was welcomed with open arms. Everybody there was very friendly to me and I felt very safe. My first day was incredible. I was able to learn a lot.”

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2016 BET Experience Fan Fest-The Future of Rap and Neo-Soul

2016 BET Experience Fan Fest-The Future of Rap and Neo-Soul

BET Networks has returned to the area to take over the city, musically. People noticed signage around town in the form of banners, billboards on buses, bus benches, buildings, print, radio and television announcements and the old fashion postcards, flyers from the marketing and promotions street team members.

This is the fourth year for the BET in Los Angeles. It has grown from its humble beginning entertaining 10,000 in the parking lots across from L.A. LIVE. The crowd has swelled to ten times the original attendance.

The 2016 BET Experience commandeered the entire property of L.A. LIVE including the Staples Center, Los Angeles Convention Center, Microsoft Square and NOVO.

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My Real Education at Cal

My Real Education at Cal

Last week while hobnobbing with writers at the Bay Area Book Festival gala atop the Memorial Stadium, which overlooked the UC Berkeley campus and the sparkling bay, I couldn’t help but give into nostalgia. Exactly 30 years ago I, a premed, graduated from that campus down below with a degree in biochemistry. But I didn’t become a doctor. I picked up the pen, dropped the test tube, and through some years of struggling, became a journalist and writer instead.

Yet if I didn’t learn how to write at Cal, it was certainly here that my literary life really began. A refugee boy from Vietnam at age 11, I barely spoke a word of English. I lived in a crowded apartment full of refugees where Mission Street ended and the working class of Daly City began. It wasn’t until I was a junior at Lowell High School in San Francisco, when a few of my Vietnamese friends were applying to Cal, that I first heard of the school. And I thought that maybe I, too, should apply.

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Undocumented Victims of Orlando Shooting Face Unique Challenges

Undocumented Victims of Orlando Shooting Face Unique Challenges

Jorge Rivas and Rafa Fernandez De Castro

Image courtesy of Orlandovictims.com

ORLANDO — Victor is recovering in an Orlando hospital room after being shot twice during the Pulse massacre last Saturday night.

The 24-year-old Salvadoran is being consoled by three friends at his bedside, but as an undocumented man with no relatives nearby and no idea when his injuries will allow him to return to work, he’s worried about how he’s going to pay for the hospital bills—and what will happen to him if he can’t.

Victor, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, is one of two undocumented immigrants who were shot and survived during the nightclub attack. The other, a 33-year-old Mexican named Javier, is recovering in the hospital and reportedly in stable condition despite taking a bullet to the abdomen.

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7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival

7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival

Los Angeles-Don’t ever allow anyone to tell you that they are bored, there is nothing to do. This past weekend, June 18-19, 2016, there were three culturally enriching events that were vying for my time.

Due to time constraints, I stopped by Leimert Park Village, near Crenshaw and Vernon for the 7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival. The festival was held on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 2016. This year’s theme was “Faith, Family and Global Future.”

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