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Paola Fernandez

Paola Fernandez
Race

Race, Racism and Institutional Racism: Their Definitions and Impact on the Latinx Community

We’ve been exposed to the traditional definition of the word “race” ever since we were in preschool. Race, in simplest terms, is the physical differences that set apart a group from another group. The concept of race has various interpretations. For myself, I consider “Race” as the physical characteristics (mostly skin color) that makes group A different from group B. Race begins to blur when opposite groups start to intertwine and create combined features. This

Environment

This Is How You Can Help Cuba After Hurricane Irma’s Destruction

Cuban government officials confirmed Irma’s death toll of 10 causalities on Monday. Seven lives were lost in Havana while the last remaining three lives were lost in Matanza, Camaguey and in the regions of Ciego de Avila. With frenetic winds of around 157-mph, Hurricane Irma became Cuba’s second Category 5 storm since 1932. Demolishing the Caribbean island for three consecutive days, Irma’s eye submerged streets of Havana, causing citizens to trudge down chest high waters

Real Life

My Personal Experience With Scoliosis: The 3 Do’s and Don’ts

When we speak about physical disabilities, we usually touch upon the subject of cancer, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, etc. However, we never acknowledge spinal deformities, specifically scoliosis. Some of us have never encountered the word or never learned about it in school. Now, what is scoliosis? What can you do about it? Scoliosis occurs when your spinal cord takes a side-to-side curvature resulting in an “S” or a “C” form. There are two types of scoliosis:

Politics

The Truth About Trump’s New Cuba Policy

Trump declared an official “reversal” on American and Cuban relations while speaking in the heart of Little Havana, Florida on Friday. He denounced Cuba’s “communist domination” and advocated for humans rights to be restored to the Cuban people. The President plans to restrict tourism in America to the Caribbean island. “The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people, they only enrich the Cuban regime” Americans cannot individually

LGBT+

A Look Inside Living in Santiago, Cuba as a Member of the LGBT+ Community

When we think about Cuba, we envision an insidious political regime exerting dominance over its people. We often speak about its valuable export of rum, tobacco and root beer, but we never vocalize about the people that have transformed the Caribbean island. We never give credit to the LGBT+ community who have brawled for a progressive future in their country. Located in the far east, Santiago is the heart of the LGBT+ community. Before I

Environment

Flint’s New Court Proposal Will Ensure Clean Water By 2020

After 4 agonizing years of lead contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, the court struck a proposal to replace the 18,000 contaminated pipes by 2020. BREAKING: Court agreement reached to replace 18,000 water lines in lead-contaminated Flint by 2020. — The Associated Press (@AP) March 27, 2017 The repairments will cost up to $97 million dollars along with free water bottle services. Water distributions centers will run from Monday through Saturday, providing Flint citizens with filters and

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