Rosa Clemente: I am Latino. And Black

Repeating Islands

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AT 1NE DROP, ROSA CLEMENTE REMINDS THAT LATIN AMERICA IS PART OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Yesterday, an interesting thing happened to me.

I was told I am not Black. The kicker for me was when my friend stated that the island of Puerto Rico was not a part of the African Diaspora. I wanted to go back to the old school playground days and yell: “You said what about my momma?!” But after speaking to several friends, I found out that many Black Americans and Latinos agree with him. The miseducation of the Negro is still in effect! I am so tired of having to prove to others that I am Black, that my peoples are from the Motherland, that Puerto Rico, along with Cuba, Panama and the Dominican Republic, are part of the African Diaspora.

Did we forget that the slave ships dropped off our people all over…

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Why ObamaCare Matters to Me

Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz

By Jessica Karina Guerra-Ugalde

I was thrilled and honored to stand behind the President last week as he talked about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits all of our communities.  Because of the immense pride I have in the ACA, I wanted to share my enrollment story and what it means to me.  I graduated college in 2008, and did what college kids throughout the country do after graduation – I moved home and began looking for work. I worked as an intern and later as a temp- both positions did not offer any benefits. At that point, I was 22 years old, and I really did not think that anything could affect me.  I was healthy and rarely got sick. Immediately after the ACA became law and was implemented, my mom went to her job to ensure that I was covered under her health insurance plan. A week after…

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Moon Beast #halloween #shortstory #children’sfiction #amwriting

penned in moon dust

the beast below

It was long ago when the world was young.The Moon some say was bright and full once or twice a year but then she would be gone for weeks at a time.” My grandmother said with a quiet, serious voice.

I closed my eyes. Grandmother told great stories.

“There were fewer people, no one to protect our world or our universe.  I do not think when Mars chased Luna that he intended to sire a beast. But beast he was.”

“How can such silvery beauty as I spawn repulsion?” she screamed as she flung him into the abyss of night.

“I am sorry, Luna. Please forgive me” the love struck Mars pled.

“Our love created that foul thing. We cannot be together, ever.”

“So Mars retreated to his corner of the Solar System looking each evening for a glimpse just a whisper of her , his  dearest Luna.”

“A…

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Hundreds Of Babies Potentially Exposed To Tuberculosis At Manhattan Hospital: Gothamist

St. Luke\’s-Roosevelt Hospital started contacting patients and parents yesterday to inform them that a maternity ward worker tested positive for tuberculosis, possibly inadvertently exposing hundreds of babies to the disease. \”We want to assure everyone that we are taking swift and comprehensive steps to address the situation,\” the hospital said in a statement. \“If you were recently a patient at Roosevelt Hospital and are not notified within the next few days, then you were not in contact with the infected staff member.\”

The employee hasn\’t been identified, and it\’s unclear how long the employee had it, but the parents who notified NBC about the infection gave birth more than two months ago. \”Few individuals exposed to someone with TB become infected because infection generally occurs after continuous exposure over several hours,\” the hospital added in the statement. \”Still, we are taking the extraordinary precautions that we have to address this issue.\”

Tuberculosis is an airborne bacterial infection that mostly affects the lungs; it is \”extremely curable\” if detected and treated. In June, it was reported that there was a TB outbreak in parts of The Bronx (Tremont and portions of the Crotona, Belmont and Claremont sections); in 2008, there was a TB case reported at a Brooklyn elementary school.

via Hundreds Of Babies Potentially Exposed To Tuberculosis At Manhattan Hospital: Gothamist.

US Official: (Dumb-Dangerous 2 all- un-needed!) Israeli warplanes strike Syrian missiles in Latakia | Maan News Agency

A US official Thursday confirmed an Israeli air raid on the Syrian city of Latakia.

The official, who declined to be identified, told CNN that Israeli warplanes struck Syrian missiles in Latakia on Wednesday.

via US Official: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian missiles in Latakia | Maan News Agency.

Food Stamp Cuts Set to Kick in Friday

More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.

Beginning in November, a temporary benefit from the 2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars will no longer be available. According to the Agriculture Department, that means a family of four receiving food stamps will start receiving $36 less a month.

via Food Stamp Cuts Set to Kick in Friday.