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Franklin Garcia is the US Representative (Shadow) for the District of Columbia.

He is a former President and founder of the DC Latino Caucus, and is the President of the DC Latino Leadership Council. He has held key positions in the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Dominican President Leonel Fernandez, and other politicians. Franklin has been effective in using technology in his political work. His recent focus has been on increasing Latino presence in local city government and local elected office.

Franklin came to live in Washington, DC with his parents and sister at the age of 10. He attended public school in Montgomery County, Maryland and holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in Financial Economics for Public Policy from the American University.

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Univision Elects Afro-Latina to Nuestra Belleza Latina

(6) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 1:45 PM

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Francisca lachapel was the unlikely contestant to win Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015. The newly crowned Nuestra Belleza Latina is an Afro-Latina woman from the Dominican Republic that lives in New York City.

The three-month highly watched reality show captured the...

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DC Latino Caucus Elects New Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:05 PM

The DC Latino Caucus, the main political organization for Latinos in the nation's capital, elected new officers and members to its board. The new president of the organization is native Washingtonian Gabriela Mossi, who was the vice president of the organization. Gabriella Mossi, currently works for the Greater...

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Carlos Rosario School Educates and Graduates the New Americans

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 5:16 PM

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On June 19, over 300 students graduated from the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington DC. The adult public charter school issued graduating certificates and diplomas to students in the culinary arts, technology, nursing, English, GED and other disciplines. The faces...

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Vincent Gray Wins D.C. Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander Caucuses Endorsements

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:14 PM

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On Saturday, May 14, 2013 hundreds of voters and D.C. residents gathered at the Josephine Butler Center in Northwest Washington to hear from most candidates running in the April 1, 2014 D.C. Primary. The candidates forum organized by the

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Last Surviving Mirabal Sister, Doña Dede, Dead at 88

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:03 PM

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(Doña Dede with niece Dominican Congresswoman Minou Mirabal)


Bélgica Adela Mirabal, better known in her native Dominican Republic as Doña Dede, died Saturday, February, 1, 2014 of pulmonary complications at a hospital in Santo Domingo. She was 88. Doña Dede was...

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DC Driver's Licenses for the Undocumented Population

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:07 PM

At the beginning of May 2013, DC Mayor Vincent Gray hosted a press conference at the Wilson Building, where he announced his proposal to introduce legislation to grant undocumented residents of the District of Columbia driver's licenses. While the legislation was not available at the time of his announcement, his...

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The Large Retailer Accountability Act, a Bill D.C. Doesn't Need

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 9:05 PM

The laureate economist Milton Friedman used to say that the minimum-wage rate is the most  anti-black law (he actually used a different term) on the books.  He was talking about the daunting effects such law has on the poor working class. ...

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Will Race Representation Matter at the DC Council Special Election?

(6) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 4:47 PM

On April 23, 2013, DC voters will have the opportunity to elect a member of the DC Council. The person elected, will fill the remainder term for a vacancy created when Councilmember Phil Mendelson became Chairman of the DC Council last November. Currently Anita Bonds, Chair of the DC Democratic...

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Pro-Immigrant Advocates Set to March on April 10th

(6) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:26 PM

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On April 10th, 2013 an immigration reform rally will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.. The rally/march organized by a number of local and national organizations, including CARECEN, Casa de Maryland...

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President Obama Should Help D.C. Achieve Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Since 1801, for the privilege of residing in the capital of the free world, people living in the capital city have had to remain silent. In 1791 the City of Washington was founded to serve as the national capital, and with the District of Columbia Organic Act of...

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Latinos and the 2012 Election

(10) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 12:09 PM

There are plenty of reasons why Latinos need to come out and vote in large numbers today. In 2008, about 10 million Latinos came out to vote. Some are hoping that with over 20 million eligible Latino voters, that the turn out can be increased to...

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Latino Festival, Fiesta D.C., Celebrates Successful Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 10:05 PM

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In spite of mounting odds against it, Fiesta D.C. celebrated another successful event. On Sunday, September 23, thousands were witness to a successful Latino festival on Pennsylvania Avenue. The festival, now on its 41st edition, was scheduled to take place at its...

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DC Youth Spend Summer Developing Anti-Bullying Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 7:02 PM

It's been too common in the news recently: A young person commits suicide because of some type of bullying. Bullying is a serious problem that causes harm, including death. It is estimated that 2.7 million students are bullied each year.

The headlines motivated a...

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oneDC.us and citizensforgray.com Launch in Support of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 12:40 PM


A group of D.C. residents
have launched a website in support of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The group, made up of D.C. residents from diverse backgrounds, started the website because many of them believe Mayor Vincent Gray has been getting a...

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National Group and Community Leaders Call on U.S. Dept. of Justice to Step in NY 13th Congressional District Election

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:41 PM

The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is joining other organizations and community leaders across the nation calling on the United States Department of Justice to step in the New York 13th Congressional District election.  This after the New York Supreme Court has decided to hear...

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Dominicans in US Could Decide Presidential Election in the Dominican Republic

(7) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 3:07 PM

The presidential election in the Dominican Republic will take place on May 20, 2012. The Dominican population living in the US makes up over 15 percent of the total population of the Dominican Republic. Current Dominican laws allow for Dominicans overseas to vote in presidential election, and for...

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New Mexico: Dark-Skinned Latinos Need Not Apply

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 7:13 AM

Back in the 90's while living in a Latin country, I read a classified ad in a local newspaper. The ad was placed by an American bank looking for a receptionist. In addition to asking for someone under the age of 30, the advertisement mentioned that the female had to...

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51st State for Obama Slate Candidates Ready for Delegate Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 11:48 AM

On Saturday, March 3, the local Democratic Party in the nation's capital will start its first round of delegate election to fill its 46-member delegation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The elections will take place at the University of the District of Columbia,...

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D.C. to Make Medical Marijuana Available in Spring 2012

(5) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 1:07 PM

In 1998, 69 percent of the citizens in Washington, D.C. voted to legalize medical marijuana. But the Republican Congress at that time blocked implementation of the law by withholding funding to implement the program.

In an effort to revive the old law, on May 4, 2010,...

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Count the Dead: Latinos We Lost in 2011

(16) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 11:26 AM

At the beginning of 2010, I read an article titled "Dead Latinos," written by Professor Jose Sanchez of Long Island University. In it, he highlighted the absence of Latino deceased in the New York Times' 2009 list of important dead people. The Times' list was an essay featuring...

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