by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | Nov 8, 2018 12:59 pm
For the past year I have spent countless hours with a New Haven family that seems brought forth by the pages of a Hollywood sitcom, so all-American and wholesome it’s hard to believe they’re not Cold War propaganda. They love each other so ferociously, spend every hour together so joyously, and like each other so genuinely that young people in the community flock to them for a sense of family.
Being around them has provided me so much comfort and genuine joy that my real family has become jealous. You’re about to note the bizarre irony of their jealousy.
The Pinos family is fighting a deportation order that threatens to break their family apart. Many New Haven families have been faced with deportation orders. But here too the Pinos family is unlike the rest.
Continue reading ‘A Family Separated But Still Together’
by Markeshia Ricks | Oct 31, 2018 6:39 am | Comments (3)
The taste of the Caribbean has come to Congress Avenue thanks to three immigrants who’ve recently decided to put out shingled — right next door to each other.
Continue reading ‘Congress Goes Caribbean’
by Staff | Oct 23, 2018 11:44 am | Comments (8)
Immigrant-rights advocates from New Haven and beyond are working to build public support for the caravan of asylum seekers traveling from Honduras to the U.S. border seeking to enter the country.
Continue reading ‘Activists Back Caravan’
by Markeshia Ricks | Oct 12, 2018 7:13 am | Comments (3)
Poké is the latest trendy dish to sweep into Downtown New Haven, with the fourth spot in a year about to open.
Three intrepid New Haven Independent reporters went on a mission to find out more about New Haven’s new yen for a bowl of fresh veggies and raw fish.
Continue reading ‘Poké-Palooza!’
by Staff | Sep 24, 2018 7:09 am | Comments (9)
New Haven immigrant rights and social justice organizer John Jairo Lugo heads to Washington, D.C. this week to pick up a national award “for organizing empowered leaders to build a community-wide movement addressing entrenched inequality.”
Continue reading ‘John Lugo Wins National Award’
by Paul Bass | Sep 20, 2018 2:51 pm | Comments (35)
Hundreds of New Haven high school students walked out of classes Monday to a downtown “sanctuary” church — with the support of school officials but very much on their own terms.
Continue reading ‘Students Walk Out; The Adults Follow’
by Markeshia Ricks | Sep 17, 2018 7:07 am | Comments (2)
A Haitian and a Jamaican by way of Panama were honored as trailblazers at the Jamaican American Connection (JAC) of Greater New Haven Inc.‘s eighth Trailblazer Scholarship Banquet.
Continue reading ‘Caribbean, America Connect At Scholars Banquet’
by Sonya Schoenberger | Sep 13, 2018 2:34 pm | Comments (13)
As a crowd looked on, two Fair Haven families competed to rescue a boarded-up two-story house on Blatchley Avenue.
Continue reading ‘Gerda & Bolivar Go 120 Rounds’
by Allan Appel | Sep 7, 2018 11:12 am | Comments (7)
A little over a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the organization that took the local lead in aiding victims and resettling 450 families in our area celebrated 49 years of service — and announced hiring a new leader for the future.
Continue reading ‘JUNTA Celebrates 49 Years, Welcomes New Leader’
by Christopher Peak | Aug 23, 2018 6:37 am
An immigrant mother from New Haven who faces deportation back to Bangladesh will be able to move her son into college, after immigration authorities granted her an emergency stay.
Continue reading ‘Deportation Stayed For Immigrant Mom’