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Why Spanish Harlem Celebrates St. Patrick's Day
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
Saturday, March 15, 2008
ImageHow did St. Patrick cross the border into Latin American hearts? The story begins in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) but branches off into many interesting historical exchanges between Latinos and the Irish community.
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On May First, Labor Day Was Born in Chicago
DAVID ROKNICH   
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
ImageLabor Day, on May First is an American Holiday so feared by corporate interests, they have suppressed it in it's home country: the United States of America. Today, May First is celebrated throughout the world as Labor Day -- but not in the here. The first week of may in 1886 marked a turning point in the struggle for Justice in this country.
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El Grito de Lares
NYLJ   
Saturday, September 23, 2006
ImageThe historic and nationalist sentiment behind the date of September 23 in Puerto Rico has been recharged since the killing of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos on that same date in 2005. Although Puerto Rican history has been largely neglected in schools, especially in the United States, young Puerto Ricans and Latinos alike have been inspired to learn on their own the significance of El Grito de Lares.
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Breaking Through To The Other Side
RAFAEL MERINO CORTÉS   
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
ImageWhen we view history from this broader perspective, the significance of Rosa Parks can truly be appreciated, for she was the embodiment of all the battles being waged against the ruling class: race/color, sex, politics and economics, all looking to break into the other side -- control.
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May Day: Made in the USA
WILLIAM J. ADELMAN   
Monday, May 02, 2005
ImageFrom Mexico, to Argentina, to much of Europe, the one, true day of commemorating the struggles and victories of the working-class falls on the first of May, or May Day, as it is popularly known. Ironically, that date was first established in one of the few places in the world where May Day is not celebrated: the United States. 
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Arnaldo Tamayo-Méndez
NYLJ   
Sunday, May 01, 2005
ImageHe was a revolutionary, he had rumba in his blood and he use to shine shoes in Guantánamo, Cuba when he was a little kid. Oh yea, a quarter century ago he became the first Latino in outer space. Do you remember that from your history books?
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¡Batíbiri, Batíbiri! Code Words for a Budding Community
FRANCISCO "PACO" ALGARÍN   
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Image"You needed help? Well, you'd call out those words: '¡Batíbiri, batíbiri!,' and someone else would call out your name. Right there, right away, we knew each other. You knew you weren't alone. It was something we used to defend ourselves. I didn't have to know you. We didn't have to know each other."
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