By Jaime R. Joseph and Isabel B. Garcia

Al Dia: Homeless To Hopeful

Al Dia: Homeless To Hopeful

  The homeless population in Philadelphia is not just made up of people that have encountered hardships from not having a job, but many of them are veterans of the armed forces whom haven’t been able to adjust back into society after returning from the battlefields. Those impacted the hardest tend to be veterans that […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

Al Dia: Undocumented Youth Go Public with Their Stories

Al Dia: Undocumented Youth Go Public with Their Stories

Fernanda and Cesar Marroquin were not afraid of the police last month when they joined 11 other activists in an act of civil disobedience in Montgomery, Ala. While Cesar and another activist waited in the lobby of the capitol for Sen. Scott Beason to respond to their letter asking for the repeal of an anti-immigration […]

 By Jillian Crull and Dana Ricci

South Philadelphia: Police Reach Out to Victims in the Mexican Community

South Philadelphia: Police Reach Out to Victims in the Mexican Community

Robberies and assaults have been plaguing the Mexican community of South Philadelphia, but many of the crimes are not reported to the Philadelphia Police Department. “I want to say five years, probably a little bit longer than that, that this has been going on,” Detective said Jose Valdes, a member of the Victim Services Unit […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

Center City: A New Executive Director and New Issues for Friends of Farmworkers

Center City: A New Executive Director and New Issues for Friends of Farmworkers

Friends of Farmworkers is a statewide legal service program that provides legal representation to low- income workers employed in farming and food processing industries. While the services can be provided to anyone who qualifies based on income, executive director Meredith Rapkin said that many clients they see are Hispanic immigrants as well as Puerto Ricans […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

North Philadelphia: Salvation Army Running Low on Winter Resources

North Philadelphia: Salvation Army Running Low on Winter Resources

Read the version in Spanish here in Al Dia. A piece of computer paper was taped to the window at the front desk of the Salvation Army. It read “Sorry, no more boy coats” with a sad face drawn beneath. In fact, the Salvation Army at 3150 N. Mascher St. has no coats left for […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: A Tutoring Program for Spanish-Speaking Students

South Philadelphia: A Tutoring Program for Spanish-Speaking Students

Crayons scribbled across papers, filling in the lines. Pencils scrawled careful letters. The sounds of stories being told to eager ears bounced throughout the room where students were finished with their homework for the day with the help of the tutors at Puentes Hacia el Futuro, a tutoring program designed to fit the needs of […]

 By Jillian Crull and Dana Ricci

South Philadelphia: An ‘Ofrenda’ to Celebrate Day of the Dead

South Philadelphia: An ‘Ofrenda’ to Celebrate Day of the Dead

Candles surrounded by orange chrysanthemums began at the doorway of Alianza Express, a money order establishment owned by Jair Andrade located at Ninth and League streets. They led toward a corner filled with an “ofrenda,”or an offering in English, made to the deceased, locally famous doctor, José Castillo Hita or “Pepe” Castillo, as he was […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

Fairhill: Juan Gomez, a Latino Contemporary Artist

Fairhill: Juan Gomez, a Latino Contemporary Artist

Juan Gomez is a first-generation American. His father is from Puerto Rico and his mother is from the Dominican Republic. He is a Latin-American artist and has been selling his works since the age of 14. Gomez grew up in Fairhill, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia, with parents who, in his opinion, were “supportive” of […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

Center City: Occupy Philly Lacks Hispanic Presence

Center City: Occupy Philly Lacks Hispanic Presence

Where are the Hispanics at Occupy Philly? Ariel Paz, a coordinator for the demonstration, could not say. He was sure he had seen some, but could not specify if there was a strong Hispanic presence. “We’re trying to make a city here,” Paz said. “The point is not to think in terms of building, but […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: A Taco Truck Attracts Diverse Group of Customers

South Philadelphia: A Taco Truck Attracts Diverse Group of Customers

“Want more hot sauce?” Nestor Morales asked. “The green one is really hot.” Morales, a repeat customer, ate his chicken tacos from the metal ledge built along the side of the Taco Loco food truck at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue. A new customer, Mike Sinclair, tried the beef tacos and had no complaints. “I’d […]