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THE BRONX “CACIQUE” IS NO MORE

José Rivera the 72 year old powerhouse of the Bronx Democratic Organization for over seven years as Bronx party Boss is no more the grand “cacique” as other restless Bronx chiefs and their “Rainbow” faction have won a court battle to unseat Rivera and make Assemblyman, Carl Heastie the new Party Boss. The Bronx Party organization has now gone full …

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THOUGHTS ON EVELINA

For Puerto Ricans she was our Rosa Park and Fannie Lou Hammer, our Mother Jones and our Mother Teresa. She was a warrior, an activist, an educator an organizer while also being a Leader of a powerful community organization. She was a mother for her children and a mother for many of us who were lost children. She understood us, …

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OBAMA & SPORTS, IS THERE A COMPARISON?

You might be wondering what is the relationship between sports and Obama? Well the truth is that I just wanted to express my feeling on this historic election and needed a spin to publish it on our sports web site. However, with a little stretch we can make a slight correlation. For example, yesterday I was in Harlem, at the …

THOUGHTS ON THE UPCOMING ELECTION DAY

This election day, November 4, 2008 will be a very historical one. Many of us, long active in Civil Rights Activism, have thought we would never live to see this day. My thoughts will be on those I knew who are no longer with us. How I would have liked to celebrate with them what seems to be a victory …

BORICUA SI—PENDEJO NO

The recent essay I wrote, “The Last Hurrah of Boss Rivera,” has received many responses. The majority have been favorable with many expressing the sentiment that the essay said what they had been thinking for so long. A small group has been critical of the essay and have reacted by taking the position that it is Taboo for a Puerto …

NO TIME TO REST……LITTLE TIME TO CELEBRATE

Those of us in New York City who have been celebrating the Obama victory have little time to enjoy the moment. A New York State budget deficit of 12.5 billions is forecast for the near future. At this moment our present governor David Patterson has expressed no desire to increase taxes on the wealthy instead he has emphasized budget cuts …

REACTION TO RETIRE 21 RUNS POSITIVE

The Retire 21 Campaign has qualitatively moved to another level recently due to the television airing of the campaign’s work. The segments aired by two separate productions on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” and on Latino TV, two prime time programs with a huge audience. ESPN is viewed internationally with approximately 130 million viewers and Latino TV is aired into approximately …