AFTER SANDY, MIGRANTS STILL WITHOUT AID – Six weeks after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York, neighbors from Rockaway Beach, one of the most hard-hit areas, report they still have not received emergency aid. Even when they have requested it, some immigrants report obstacles for their applications to be accepted. Living in friends and family members’ houses or in city shelters, these immigrants are unemployed, among the houses affected by flood or fire. Marco Vinicio González visited the disaster zone and has this story.
SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS GAY MARRIAGE – The Supreme Court decided to consider the constitutionality of two laws about same-sex marriage: Proposition 8, approved by California voters, which seeks to prohibit same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, even when they are legally married in their states. On Radio Bilingüe’s national talkshow Línea Abierta, attorney Lester Aponte, member of the Board of Directors of the Latino Equality Alliance in Los Angeles, California, commented on the repercussions of the justices’ decision.
NICARAGUANS IN MIAMI CELEBRATE LA GRITERÍA – This season is an almost universally festive one, and everyone celebrates in different ways. In Nicaragua, Catholics celebrate the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with special shouts on December 7th. Now, La Gritería, or The Shouting, as it is known, has become a tradition among Nicaraguans in the United States as well. Javier Aparisi went to a celebration of La Gritería in Miami.