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Carlos Menchaca

Puerto Rican Pride As Sunset Park Fights Off Police Brutality

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

This year's first official Puerto Rican day parade and festival looks to be the start of something big in Sunset Park. Not only has the neighborhood shown a resilience to standing up to police brutality, organizers are angling to stay one step ahead of the cops by building community networks.

How NYC's Municipal ID Program Protects Immigrants From A Tea Party White House

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.17.2015 | Latino Voices

The bill that created New York City’s popular municipal ID program has a clause protecting undocumented New Yorkers from a conservative White House...

Sunset Park Speaks, Bratton Blinks and Sharpton Squirms

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.17.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

At the end of last Wednesday's town hall meeting in Sunset Park, NYPD Chief Phillip Banks and his entourage of NYPD head honchos had just about had enough. Dennis Flores, the founder of El Grito de Sunset Park, which organized the meeting, finished the night by demanding 72nd precinct commander Captain Thomas Ng be fired.

No Holding Back: Sunset Park's Fight to Stop Police Brutality

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Carlos Menchaca and Nydia Velazquez didn't say a word. This past Saturday at a march and rally culminating in front of NYPD's 72nd precinct, the local newbie city councilmember and the 11-term congresswoman weren't given a chance to speak.

Michael McLaughlin

Officer Suspended For Rough Handling Of Vendors At NYC Festival | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Crime

New York City police were heavy-handed as they arrested vendors at a Brooklyn street festival on Sunday, according to complaints from witnesses and el...

Meet NYC's First Mexican-American Council Member

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — When someone asked longtime community activist Joel Magallan a couple of years ago when New York City would see its first Mexican-Am...

Carlos Menchaca Explains Why He's Running for New York City Council (VIDEO)

Wayne Anderson | Posted 05.01.2013 | New York
Wayne Anderson

His bid for office was spurred by his leadership experience during Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in Red Hook. If elected, Carlos would become the first openly LGBT elected official in Brooklyn, and the first Mexican-American elected official in the entire city.