by Jon Greenberg | Jul 24, 2017 7:50 am | Comments (3)
“I grew up in this country undocumented. I grew up in the shadows before DACA,” Isabella Ceballos recounted, her voice breaking with emotion. “I was 15 when my family received our permanent residency … and once I was eligible to be a citizen, I almost didn’t want it. A part of me was so angry. And then I realized that I had to do it, because I saw so many people still in the shadows.”
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by Paul Bass | Jul 23, 2017 10:46 pm | Comments (14)
The plan was for Nury Chavarria to stay inside the church Sunday night as hundreds of supporters gathered outside to sing and chant their support for her to remain in the U.S.
The plan changed. As her plans in general seem to change these days.
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by Christopher Peak | Jul 21, 2017 2:03 pm | Comments (21)
A Norwalk woman took up sanctuary inside a Fair Haven church Thursday, after federal immigration authorities ordered her to fly back to Guatemala.
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by Lucy Gellman | Jun 29, 2017 7:45 am
After a whirlwind day in court in Hartford, raising bail in New Haven, then heading back up to a detention center in Massachusetts, immigration reform activists welcomed Cristian Coyazatl Sampedro home Wednesday night and vowed to continue helping other local people facing deportation.
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by Allan Appel | Jun 22, 2017 3:00 pm
The half-Chinese and half-African-American McCollum sisters have been speaking Cantonese at home all their lives. Thursday morning they put their linguistic talents to inspirational use, only they had to switch to Mandarin, the national dialect of China.
The sisters were part of the cultural program on the occasion of formal signing ceremonies marking Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, becoming New Haven’s eighth sister city.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 5, 2017 7:49 am | Comments (4)
Rain and wind didn’t stop the annual celebration of Caribbean heritage in New Haven.
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by Lucy Gellman | Jun 2, 2017 7:09 am | Comments (1)
Something decidedly unquiet was transpiring in the Fair Haven branch library community room. Chins pressed themselves to chinrests. Tiny hands gingerly gripped equally tiny bows. A few feet spread out on the sun-bathed carpet, getting in position.
The room exploded in Pachelbel’s Canon. A handful of parents glued their eyes to the gaggle of youngsters before them.
The group wasn’t just playing together for the first time. Several of them were playing publicly for the first time in the United States.
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by Lucy Gellman | May 30, 2017 4:06 pm | Comments (1)
As night fell at Brick Oven Pizza restaurant on Howe Street, Kadir Catalbasoglu lifted a steaming spoonful of şehriye çorbasi — a tomato-based soup with thin noodles — to his mouth. It was the first thing he’d eaten since 3:17 that morning.
Continue reading ‘At Ramadan Feast, It’s 3 Down, 28 To Go’
by Lucy Gellman | May 25, 2017 1:46 pm
Afeefa dipped her hands into a bowl of crackly Egyptian rice, tomato paste and ground beef — and mixed together a dialogue as the women around her asked about the food she grew up eating.
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by Lucy Gellman | May 25, 2017 1:44 pm | Comments (2)
First there was a crepe cart. Then came the galettes and steaming mugs of cafe au lait. Now, there’s hot, fragrant cheese, and a wood-paneled room to eat it in.
Continue reading ‘Whitney Says “Bienvenue” To Au Chalet’