Tag: CARECEN

Local Heroes: Mirna Cortes, From Nicaragua Dictatorship to Freeport

Mirna Cortes-Obers grew up during the years of the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua. Although hers was a middle-class childhood, she became aware of the...

Jailing the Sanctuary Movement

Today, the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s is known as a civil disobedience effort to help Central American refugees. What people forget is that...

The Beginnings of CARECEN

Back in 1981 and 82, which were my first two years of volunteering to help the Central American refugees on Long Island, there was...

How I Got Involved with the Central American Community

This year, CARECEN is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and I thought I would get a little personal and tell you about how I got...

Organizer’s Notebook: Identity and Assimilation Part Two

Yesterday, I wrote about identity and assimilation, and how those topics surfaced at a bilingual reading circle last week in Brentwood, what we call...

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