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Friday, March 22, 1996

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  • Puerto Ricans Prepare to March on Washington

    The Puerto Rican community is mobilizing for a National Puerto Rican March on Washington, DC. Manuel Mirabel, President of the National Puerto Rican Coalition, states that the goal of the march is to promote unity among Puerto Rican activists and bring key issues such as immigration reform into the political forefront. Nydia Velazquez, who is the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress, says that the march will be a historic event, sending a message that the Puerto Rican population is growing and cannot be ignored. The march will include a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, highlighting the contributions of Puerto Rican veterans in various wars. At least 15,000 people are expected to attend the march.

  • Journalist Round Table Discusses California Primary

    A group of journalists participate in a round table discussion about the upcoming California Primary. National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky goes over the major ballot initiatives, while commenting that this election has generated notably little interest among voters. Helen Zia, Contributing Editor of Ms. Magazine, brings up an issue not on the ballot, the California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). Zia explains CCRI as an anti-affirmative action, discriminatory initiative misleadingly disguised as a civil rights bill.
    Angelo Figueroa is with the San Jose Mercury News and will soon be heading up El Nuevo Mundo, a Spanish-language version of the paper. Figueroa says that the force behind these anti-affirmative action and anti-immigration initiatives is California Governor Pete Wilson, and his actions should serve as a wake-up call for California’s Latino community. Sandra Hernandez, who writes for The LA Weekly, points out that the communities of color who have the most at stake in these initiatives also have a proportionately low voter turn-out rate. All participants agree on a need for coalition-building amongst minority communities and the increased involvement of youth activists.