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Empowering Young Professionals Pivot During Pandemic to Help over 60,000 Long Islanders

Empowering Young Professionals Pivot During Pandemic to Help over 60,000 Long Islanders

In early 2020, Luis Mendez and others were working in Puerto Rico to help with aid for the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Shortly after returning from Puerto Rico, on March 24, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic occurred. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a statewide shutdown, they decided to use some of the leftover funds from …

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Organization of Latino Americans of Eastern Long Island’s Important Work During the Pandemic

Throughout the United States, minorities have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only nine percent of Hispanics and eight percent of Black people received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, 66% of white people have received their first shot. One of the …

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Muñeca Arthouse Adds Hispanic Cultural Perspective to the Long Island Art Community

Muñeca Arthouse Adds Hispanic Cultural Perspective to the Long Island Art Community

Local Medford resident, Jessica Valentin’s career as artist, “Ratgrrl” has taken off tremendously from being elected as the first Latinx board of trustees member for the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC), being nominated for Best of Long Island: Artist/Painter, and opening her inclusive art gallery, Muñeca Arthouse.  Before diverging herself into the art community, Valentin’s first …

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Suffolk County Lawmakers Announce New Laws Created to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Amidst one of the largest social justice movements in history, Suffolk County lawmakers and community leaders gathered for a press conference to announce and listen to new diversity initiatives. One law broadened protection from discrimination based hair texture, protective styles or religious garments in the workplace and went into effect July 23. Another law, coined …

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