Brevard County Elbows its Way into Puerto Rico Status Debate

Brevard County wants to get in on the Puerto Rico status debate. County Commissioner John Tobia, representing District 3, has proposed a resolution to send a message to Congress to reject statehood for Puerto Rico, as if the island were anywhere near to obtaining the 51st star. But there it […]


Congress Likely to Ignore Flawed Plebiscite

A week after a plebiscite in which an overwhelming 97 percent of Puerto Rico voters chose statehood, the island is no closer to changing its political status, much less becoming the 51st state. Islanders and the sizable Florida diaspora were atwitter about the vote. Then an embarrassing  23 percent of […]


Rocky Year for Proyecto Somos Orlando

It has been the best of times and the worst of times for Proyecto Somos Orlando, launched in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting to provide mental health services to LatinX LGBTQ survivors and families. Despite community demand and successful fundraising efforts – Somos Orlando has raised over $230,000 […]


Survivor Misses Pulse Friends

José Martínez misses his Pulse friends. The Pulse shooting a year ago extinguished many lives and many friendships – including about a dozen people in Martínez’s circle of friends to be exact, acquaintances and best buddies who routinely met at the club for Latin night. But the night of June 11, 2016, was […]


Pulse Survivor Says ‘Never Forget’ One Year Later

But for a cigarette, José Martínez might not be here today, nearly one year after the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub The worse mass shooting in U.S. history left 49 people dead and dozens of others injured. Because it had been Latin night at Pulse, many of the victims and […]