History of Juneteenth

History of Juneteenth

Posted by on Jun 15, 2022 in United States | No Comments

President Abraham Lincoln declared an end to slavery in the United States with the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862. Following the Union army’s success at the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln proclaimed “That on the 1st day of January . . . 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a […]

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Posted by on May 18, 2022 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Formula Shortage A nationwide baby formula shortage has families of infants scrambling. They are searching for ways to feed their children. By late April 2022, six states had half their normal amount of baby formula on store shelves. Twenty other states are also having trouble meeting demand. The situation is especially challenging for babies that […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Mar 31, 2022 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Actor Makes History at Oscars On Sunday night March 27, 2022, Troy Kotsur won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on the film CODA. Kotsur is the second deaf actor to receive an Oscar for acting. Marlee Matlin first achieved this in 1986 when she won for her performance in Children […]

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2021 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Turmoil in Samoa In Samoa, the new prime minister showed up last Monday to her first day in office, only to find herself literally locked out of Parliament. Why? The former leader is refusing to cede power. At an election held last month, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa was chosen as Samoa’s first female leader, making her […]

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2021 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Scholarships for the Next Generation of Latinx Leaders Internships can be a great way to learn about your future career path, and to make important connections in your chosen field. But they are often unpaid, which can make it difficult for many qualified students to participate. These economic hardships can be even more challenging when […]

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Responding to Tragedy Last week, btw brought you the story of dual mass shootings that occurred within less than a day of each other in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and left at least 31 people dead. Gun safety advocates had hoped that the twin tragedies would spark renewed interest in gun safety legislation, […]

29 Dead in Dual Mass Shootings

29 Dead in Dual Mass Shootings

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Current Events | No Comments

In a weekend of shocking bloodshed, two mass shootings occurred this past weekend within less than a day of each other: first in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday morning, followed just thirteen hours later by another one in Dayton, Ohio. These mark the 250th and 251st mass shootings that have occurred in the United States […]

Congress to Address Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border

Congress to Address Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in United States | No Comments

Over the past year, seven children have died while being held in U.S. custody at immigrant detention centers on our southern border. These are children whose parents have been detained while trying to cross illegally into the United States. Many of the children are kept in facilities that are cramped and overcrowded. Reporters have stated […]

Voters Challenged in Texas

Voters Challenged in Texas

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site updates you on the ongoing concerns (or lack thereof) about voters identities in Texas Shortly after he was elected to the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump began complaining publicly about voter fraud. According to him, hundreds of thousands of people had cast ballots illegally and […]

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Crisis in Venezuela United States citizens may consider elections to be stressful and sometimes controversial events. But Venezuela is facing a potentially violent crisis in the aftermath of its own presidential elections last week. The country’s sitting president, Nicolas Maduro, has refused to recognize top vote-getter, leader of the National Assembly Juan Guaido, claiming election […]