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Defend DACA – Our Community Depends on It!

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Immigration, News, Opinion

Defend DACA – Our Community Depends on It!

By Camila Bortolleto CT Students for a DREAM Campaign Manager

These are difficult times for our immigrant community and many are feeling anxious with the increasing number of deportations taking place in Connecticut and across the country. Every week, it feels like there’s a new policy meant to target our immigrant community and make our lives more difficult. One source of anxiety for many young…

An Invitation to Engage in a Global Environment Through Robotics

Letters To The Editor, News

An Invitation to Engage in a Global Environment Through Robotics

By Kay Bell

Dear Editor, It is a pleasure to inform you that Danbury Robotics is currently recruiting for all robotics teams. We are a non-profit community competitive robotics team program that competes through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – www.firstinspires.org). We coach kids from the Greater Danbury Area, including New York, from ages…

In honor of Independence Day

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Editorial

In honor of Independence Day

By Emanuela Palmares

Editor’s Note: In honor of Independence Day, Tribuna wants to share with its readers the full text of the Declaration Independence of the United States, signed on July 4, 1776. The document is often referred as the “promise” set forth by our founding fathers more than 200 years ago, and our constitution the “fulfillment” of…

Liberty and Justice for All, Including Those We Do Not Agree With

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Editorial, Opinion

Liberty and Justice for All, Including Those We Do Not Agree With

By Emanuela Palmares

No political party has monopoly over intolerance, hate or violence. On June 14, a 66-year-old man who identifies himself as a Democrat opened fire on Republican members of Congress at baseball practice for a charity game in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman was shot by two Capitol Hill Police officers who were at the scene as…

It’s Hard to Explain Brazil!

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Editorial, Opinion

It’s Hard to Explain Brazil!

By Abel Fiorot Loureiro

I have been living in the United States for approximately one year. In my academic and professional environment, especially in the financial market, I have had an opportunity to deal with people of different nationalities. Thinking about my homeland, we recently had a week in which everything indicated that Brazil was following a path to…

A New Option Is Emerging in Danbury

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Editorial

A New Option Is Emerging in Danbury

By Emanuela Palmares

A new option for educating our children is emerging in Danbury, and ALL in the community should set aside their pre-conceived notions about school choice and take a deeper look at Danbury Prospect. Danbury Prospect is in its development phase. It is currently in the process of submitting a new charter school application to the…

Connecticut’s Financial Situation Is Perilously Unstable

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Opinion

Connecticut’s Financial Situation Is Perilously Unstable

By Erik Cafarella

Like a profligate spender with maxed-out credit cards and limited income, Connecticut finds itself stumbling towards financial ruin. Relying on an addict to convey the true depth of his or her problem is, in general, ill-advised. This instance is no different. Hiding behind accounting gimmicks impermissible in the private sector, Connecticut politicians in the state’s…

When We Should All Cry Out an Injustice?

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Editorial, Immigration, News

When We Should All Cry Out an Injustice?

By Emanuela Palmares

In the last week of March, the Danbury immigrant community witnessed two arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the authorities, both men have criminal backgrounds. One of the men had already entered a guilty plea regarding an offense against a minor child and signed a self-deportation order one year prior to committing…

DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

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Editorial, Immigration, Kids & Family, News

DCF: 22,000 Citizen-Children of Undocumented Parents in CT

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.com

Given the Trump Administration’s increased focus on deporting more undocumented immigrants, state legislators want to know just how many children they may end up leaving behind. On March 6, the Department of Children and Families reported to the Appropriations Committee that there are 22,000 children of undocumented immigrants who are under 18, U.S. citizens and living in…

Tribuna American Dream Awards Nomination Process is Now Open

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Editorial, Mail, The New American Dream Foundation

Tribuna American Dream Awards Nomination Process is Now Open

By Emanuela Palmares

In the definition of the American Dream written in 1931 by James Truslow Adams, a Connecticut native, he says that the dream should feel like “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The American Dream…

Community Dialogue Helps Communication Between the City and the Immigrant Community

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Editorial, Immigration, Politics

Community Dialogue Helps Communication Between the City and the Immigrant Community

By Emanuela Palmares

In light of the recent news stories regarding ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the City of Danbury, Tribuna Newspaper organized a community dialogue and panel discussion with Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Glass on immigration and community relations. Fifty community leaders and stakeholders from…

For the Trump Administration to Know, and for the American People to Find Out

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Editorial

For the Trump Administration to Know, and for the American People to Find Out

By Emanuela Palmares

U.S. President Donald Trump’s promise to “keep America safe,” is bound to reach well beyond the Muslim world, affecting global businesses, universities and tourism — in essence all LEGAL immigration, before giving us a plan to address illegal immigration beyond a border wall. His draft proposals, along with an executive order on Jan. 27 halting…

What the RFP Release Means for Danbury!

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Editorial, Opinion

What the RFP Release Means for Danbury!

By Tracy Kelley

The New Year brought good news to Connecticut residents working for better educational options in some of our most underserved communities. The state finally released a charter school Request for Proposals (RFP). This means that new school applicant groups can move forward with the goal of making their visions for new schools, and more public…

Watching Trump in the Sky, As We Stand in CT’S Sinking Ship

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Editorial, Opinion

Watching Trump in the Sky, As We Stand in CT’S Sinking Ship

By Emanuela Palmares

The year 2017 will undoubtedly be full of uncertainty at the national level. With every tweet, President-elect Donald Trump makes it hard to fathom what his presidency will look and feel like. Will his bro-mance with Russia’s Vladimir Putin bloom in full force, will millions continue to have access to health insurance, will he continue…

In 2017 Our Wish Is Hope

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Editorial

In 2017 Our Wish Is Hope

By Emanuela Palmares

For our last issue of the year and with the New Year around the corner, Tribuna went out to the streets and asked readers their thoughts on the holiday season. For some, 2016 was a year taken over by divides, tensions and uncertainty. But for most, as you will read in our cover story, hope…

Turn Turmoil Into Action

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Editorial, Opinion

Turn Turmoil Into Action

By Emanuela Palmares

Many in the community have reached out to me to talk about a feeling of uncertainty for the future, helplessness as to what 2017 could bring… Some were very engaged in the last election and unhappy with the results, or could not participate but were following the process closely. Others who were not previously engaged…

Who Is Donald Trump When He is Alone?

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Opinion

Who Is Donald Trump When He is Alone?

By Jonathan Coelho

Sitting here and reading Donald Trump’s “plan of action,” I have started to suspect that he might be the biggest “joker card” that the United States has ever seen. It is something new and completely surreal – a magnate who happens to be a great actor and who is now the president of the United…

The Post-Election Effect: Hate and Ignorance Are Not Exclusive to Any Faction of Our Society

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Editorial

The Post-Election Effect: Hate and Ignorance Are Not Exclusive to Any Faction of Our Society

By Emanuela Palmares

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), hate crimes against Muslims, LGBT individuals and blacks are on the rise in the United States after being on the lower side for the last 20 years. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has tallied more than 200 accounts of racial- and bias-related incidents at K-12 schools since…

It’s Open Enrollment Time: 5 Tips for Selecting the Right Health Benefits

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Op-Ed, Opinion

It’s Open Enrollment Time: 5 Tips for Selecting the Right Health Benefits

By Neal Galinko

Fall signals the start of many annual traditions – a new school year, football season and holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. Fall is also the season for another important annual tradition: open enrollment, when many people have an opportunity to select or change their health benefits for the following year. With the vast majority…

OP-ED: ‘Connecticut Needs a School Finance System That Makes Sense’

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Op-Ed

OP-ED: ‘Connecticut Needs a School Finance System That Makes Sense’

By Katie Roy

In his decision on September 7 in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher made a lengthy, wide-ranging ruling on education and equity in our state. At the heart of Judge Moukawsher’s historic ruling is the affirmation of what educators, parents, students and community leaders have been saying…

New Kids’ Programs at the Waterbury Library

Letters To The Editor

New Kids’ Programs at the Waterbury Library

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Dear Editor, The Silas Bronson Library has launched three new weekly programs and one new monthly program for children this month. All programs are free and open to the public. Bronson Library Homework Help for children in Grades 4 through 8 is held every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Coding…

Connecticut Needs a New Way to Identify Low-Income Students

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Op-Ed

Connecticut Needs a New Way to Identify Low-Income Students

By Katie Roy

Across Connecticut, children’s access to opportunities plays a pivotal role in their success in school. Unfortunately, children who live in low-income households often have reduced access to opportunities, and often they need additional support in school to ensure they have an equal shot at success. From unstable housing and food insecurity to limited language exposure and parents working multiple…

Making Americans, Making America

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Making Americans, Making America

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Many years ago, after I had become a four-star general and, then, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Times of London wrote an article observing that if my parents had sailed to England rather than New York, “the most they could have dreamed of for their son in the military was to become…

“Out of the Shadows and Into the Streets!”

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News, Op-Ed

“Out of the Shadows and Into the Streets!”

By Camila Bortoletto

I’ve watched protests where immigrant leaders and allies commit acts of civil disobedience with increasing frequency over the past few years in the immigrant rights movement. More immigrant leaders and allies are risking arrest and committing acts of civil disobedience, such as blocking traffic, staging sit-ins and disrupting. I have always admired the brave leaders…