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Staten Island community responds to hate crimes

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For the past seven months, I have been photographing at El Centro del Inmigrante, a dynamic community organization in Staten Island, NY, that serves a largely Mexican immigrant population. El Centro, started as a drop-in center for day laborers, provides a tremendous number of services: daily breakfast and food pantry; labor-rights information session; referrals for jobs and job training; English classes; HIV counseling; and many others.

El Centro’s been in the press lately for less uplifting reasons: it has been one of several Staten Island groups that has responded to and spoken out against a spate of bias attacks recently, most, but not all against Mexican or Latino residents. Luis and Richard Viera, a couple, were beaten in front of a White Castle on 7 July. Below, some photos from a vigil held outside the restaurant by an impressively and hearteningly diverse group of Staten Islanders—and of course, a gaggle of news media.

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Written by bxpnyc

2010/08/02 at 16:34

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