Monthly Archives: June 2016


Patron Saints Say ‘Presente’ at Victims’ Memorials

  Under a  Sunday cloudy, gray sky and a drizzle of rain, visitors walked among the impromptu Pulse nightclub victims’ memorials at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando. Exactly a week after the massacre took place, visitors took in the shrines in silence: photos of the victims, teddy […]


Orlando on Edge after Massacre

When a fight broke out early Saturday afternoon at the Vineland Premium Outlets in south Orlando people thought they heard shots, panicked and ran for cover. One of them was my younger sister, who called my husband and daughter in a panic, thinking something bad was about to happen in Orlando […]


Latinas Translate for Victims’ Families

After the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, friends started asking friends, “What can I do?” A group of Latinas, some of them mental health counselors, got together to provide grief counseling and translation services to the families of victims awaiting news about their loved ones at the Hampton Inn […]


Osceola County Has Most Latino Political Candidates

Osceola County has the most Latinos running for local office, a reflection of the coming of age of the Hispanic population as well as a steep rise in its population. Of the approximately 42 Hispanics who are running for office in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, half are in […]


Sanders’ Florida-Puerto Rico Strategy Goes Bust

Bernie Sander’s Florida-Puerto Rico primary vote-getting strategy was a bust. Not only did the Democratic presidential candidate not win the Florida primary last March, but he lost by a big margin – 33 percent to 64 percent for Hillary Clinton, now considered the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. And not only […]