NYC band gets political with “We are all Illegals” music video

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One New York City based band could have not picked a better time to release their politically charged music video.

Today, days after the  SB1070 court ruling, Outernational released their bilingual “Todos Somos Ilegales/We Are All Illegals” music video featuring guitarist Tom Morello, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Residente from Calle 13.

Read more here.

Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States …

Well, we may be a large (majority) minority group, but Hispanics are no longer the bees knees when it comes to migrant groups to the U.S.

The population of Asian descent has swelled to a record 18.2 million, which makes Asians the fastest-growing racial group in the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

Read more in the New York Times story.

About 30 percent of Americans over age 65 live alone.

This New York Times article touches on elderly people and loneliness reminded me of my aunt, who not long ago lost her husband of more than 50 years. She’s in her 70s and lives alone, yet I know my other family members make sure she comes over often and vice versa. I don’t think she should live alone, but I know she wants to be strong and not impose on anyone.

So far, it’s working out. She’s keeping active and I think that’s important. Anyway, onto this great story:


The Neighbors Who Don’t Knock

By John Leland

NO one on the floor can say how or why it happened, what made them different from other residents in the building. Maybe it began with a small thing: a cup of coffee brought from across the hall, a phone call at night to make sure the day’s demons were not filling up the dark.

They are about a dozen New Yorkers in their 70s and 80s, mostly women, mostly living alone, on the fifth floor of a public-housing building for older residents in Washington Heights. They have enough health problems to fill a nursing home. They are prime candidates for social isolation and the consequences it brings.

Instead, on a morning in March, they are a crowd, squeezing into the apartment of Bienvenida Torres, 78, in what has become their project for the past year, and a test of their bonds as a community. On June 30, 2011, Ms. Torres’s daughter was stabbed to death in her apartment in Co-op City in the Bronx. The police arrested the daughter’s common-law husband, who remains on Rikers Island awaiting trial. Since the killing, Ms. Torres’s neighbors have been united in purpose, to help her weather the blow.

Read more here.

Buzzworthy ‘Vintage’ Posters for Modern Day Movies by MY COLLEAGUE… wait, what?

So it turns out one of my new colleagues is famous. Peter Stults is a digital artist who works in our Annual Giving department.

He just presented his work at Colette in Paris, France, this past Memorial Day weekend. Basically what he has done is re-imagine modern day movie posters with movie greats from the past.

He gave us a HILARIOUS presentation on how this all went down at our quarterly meeting today. Check out one of the many articles on his work.

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A new beginning

I never wanted to have my own blog.

Ever since I got my first professional writing job as a newspaper reporter in 2003, my desire to write for fun has decreased. Graduate school papers were a particular challenge because I’d be writing for a living all day and the last thing I wanted to do on nights and weekends was write some more.

But I got through it and since I began handling publicity for the university I work for as well as a few freelance clients, I realized I missed writing.

That’s why this feels like a new beginning– a “real” blog by Gina Vergel. It took baby steps. I’m a social media (Twitter, Facebook) fanatic and then I opened a Tumblr. I won’t limit what I share on here to one topic. I like crime news, politics, sports, music, fitness, etc. And I like humor.

So sit back, enjoy the show and feel free to give me feedback!


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