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Call Your Elders: Cooking with Philip and Niki: Episode 4 of our Podcast Series, “A Better Life?”

In Philip Zias’ words, “I never thought I can cook.” Hear how the pandemic changed that.

Michaelle Solages, First Haitian Elected to NY State Assembly, Now Focused on Long Island Sandy Relief

Michaelle Solages, from Nassau County’s 22nd district, has become the first person of Haitian descent elected to the New York State Assembly. Her first order of business is to get the power back on.

Immigration Leaders Meet With U.S. Officials About Long Island Hate Crimes

Allegations of the mishandling of hate crime investigations within the Suffolk County Police Department are raising new concerns among immigration advocates who met with officials of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Debate on Immigration: Helping Democrats or GOP?

The swirling political debate around undocumented immigrants and the lack of tangible progress on immigration reform is surely going to have an effect on the midterm elections–the question is what that effect will be.

Teenagers Charged In Hispanic Man's Death Accused Of At Least Eight Other Attacks On Latinos

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

The Long Island youths accused of killing Ecuadoran immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue in November had been attacking Hispanics in the area for a year, authorities say. “They engaged in a regular and violent pastime: hunting for Hispanics to attack,” The New York Times reported.

The five L.I. teenagers accused of hate crimes against Hispanics.

Five of the seven L.I. teenagers accused of hate crimes against Hispanics. (Photo: New York Times)

“In small groups with shifting members, the teens sent one Hispanic man after another to the hospital with injuries,” added Newsday. The attackers were indicted Wednesday for eight more assaults or attempted assaults on Latino men.

The teenagers, students at Patchogue-Medford High School, are accused of beating a Hispanic man unconscious in July, taking his money and shoes. In December, three of them allegedly harassed another Hispanic man, swinging a pipe at him and telling him, “You’re dead.” In June, they allegedly attacked yet another man with a knife, cutting his clothes open. Newsday quoted Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota saying,

All of the defendants participated in what we consider to be a violent and racially driven pastime. (…) the defendants called their victims such things as ‘beaners’ and ‘wetbacks.’

“These charges demonstrate there is an epidemic of hate crimes against Latinos here,” Latino Justice attorney Jose Perez told the Daily News. “The vicious murder of Mr. Lucero wasn’t a random and isolated incident.”