As we approach the 5th anniversary of #Ferguson, the U.S. criminal justice system looks far different in some places. One of the protest leaders in Ferguson is now the county prosecutor, for example. Progressive prosecutors have claimed major victories in Chicago and Philadelphia, but also in places like Portsmouth, VA. They are winning on a radical platform to end mass incarceration, cash bail, full decriminalization of all drugs, among other core promises. I spoke to 7 of these prosecutors, including @wesleybell_stlprosecutor and @larrykrasnerda , to take pulse of a movement that wants to upend the U.S. criminal justice system. Link in bio.
I was at the Bushwick bar Thursday night where @salazarforsenate and her supporters celebrated her 18-point victory over Martin Dilan, a four-term incumbent more than 40 years her senior. As the night wore on, IDC members across New York fell one by one to progressive candidates. As I covered this race over the course of the summer, it became more and more clear to me that this was a race of two realities: the “Twitterverse,” where Salazar’s portrayal of her past was painstakingly dissected; and real life, where voter after voter in her rapidly gentrifying, heavily immigrant district told me what they most worried about was evictions, ICE raids and intimidation by their employers over theirs or the legal status of a friend or loved one. One Salazar volunteer told me that the @ocasio2018 win in June, taken with Thursday's results, showed that young women of color "might go through hell" to run against the establishment..."but we can win." Link to my dispatch for The Intercept in bio.
Honored and humbled to win an @nabjofficial award and even more so to do it with my dear friend @jrich19 for our February 2017 @nbcnightlynews piece on the future of America's HBCUs in the age of Trump. These schools are confronting dire financial headwinds but remain central to African-American life in this country. The link to our story is in bio. #NABJSTE18 (📸:Janelle )
I had the amazing privilege to speak to public school students at East New York Elementary School of Excellence this morning for their "Career Day." I shared with them my insights on being a journalist and they asked me a lot of questions. Some asked if I was fake news. Some asked why the media only comes to East New York when there are shootings. Others asked how they could become journalists if no one on TV looked like them. It was an immensely fulfilling experience and reminded me yet again how vital it is that our newsrooms become more racially and ethnically diverse and actually reflective of our society.
#Tbt to simpler times when I solo traveled in India five years ago.
Merry Christmas 🎁🎄
Si, así pasó. Perú regresa al mundial tras 36 años de angustia. Aún sigo pensando que estoy soñando. Una generación entera no ha visto a la selección en un mundial. La última vez que clasificaron en el 1982, mi padre estuvo en las tribunas en España. Me dijo anoche que nunca podría haber imaginado que iban a pasar tantos años hasta que la Blanquirroja volviera al mundial. A Rusia pues.
Children are at the center of America's opioid crisis but are often lost or simply overlooked in the discussion. We spoke to many across three states - Ohio, Utah and Massachusetts - for this story. My latest: http://nbcnews.to/2xxEYma
Shot an interview this morning with the legend himself, Ken Burns.
In March 2015, I profiled Monica Sibri and her group CUNY Dreamers for @guardian_us Sibri, a nationally known DACA activist, was fighting in Albany for all Dreamers in New York state to have access to publicly accessible financial aid for college. At the time, there were more than 4,500 dreamers graduating high school every year in New York and with no available financial aid to further their education. In lieu of that aid, DACA gave them a chance to work to pay their way through school. Tomorrow, more than 800,000 dreamers across the nation stand to lose everything when the president revokes DACA.
Me and the sis at Krka Falls.
Croatia is 🙌🏽.
Until next time, London.
New NBC headshot. (📸 @georgeitzhak )
"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain." James Baldwin would have been 93 today.
Hoy produje otra historia sobre la crisis en Venezuela para el @nbcnightlynews Nos perfilamos a los "Cascos Blancos, Cruces Verdes," un grupo de 200 estudiantes y profesionales de la medicina que organizan para acudir a cada marcha contra el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro y atender a quien resulte herido en los enfrentamientos, ya sea opositor o integrante de las fuerzas armadas. Today, along with @georgeitzhak , I produced another Venezuela story for @nbcnightlynews We profiled the "Green Helmets," a non-political group of 200 volunteers - medical students and professionals - who risk their lives everyday to treat those on both sides of the nation’s conflict in the streets. You can watch the full piece here: http://nbcnews.to/2uqVRKx
Produje esta historia para el @nbcnightlynews sobre la crisis en Venezuela, con una mirada hacía la constituyente de Maduro convocada para el 30 de Julio. Pueden ver la historia completa aquí: http://nbcnews.to/2uLIiry Along with @georgeitzhak , I helped produce this @nbcnightlynews piece on the crisis in Venezuela, with a look ahead to the controversial July 30 vote called by President Nicolás Maduro to replace the country's opposition-controlled congress and rewrite the constitution. Watch the full piece here: http://nbcnews.to/2uLIiry
My photo from four years ago today: At a rally for Trayvon Martin in the Bronx just days after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida court in his killing. (📷 July 19, 2013 )
Going to miss you, Greenpoint.
A Greenpoint Fourth.
American journalist #AustinTice has been missing since August 2012 when he was kidnapped in Syria. This past week, we spoke with his parents - who say they believe he is still alive - on their efforts to find him. Proud to have helped produce this spot.
Feliz Día del Padre a mi Chalaco. (📷May, 1984 )
Our birthday, 1991.
I'm terrible at taking selfies but I had to. It's Giannis.
Golden hour, Lima. #latergram
Seated Ballerina, Jeff Koons.
@pattyguerra in her element. #Despedida
Back in rainy New York. Reminiscing to last week. #leshallots
My grandfather's first official portrait as a member of the Peruvian Navy. He sent this photo with a handwritten note on the back of it to his sister for her to keep as a remembrance of him after he had left his small northern coastal city for Lima. My aunt gave me this photo today. July, 1943./ Esta es la primera foto oficial de mi abuelo como miembro de la marina Peruana. Tenía tan solo 22 años. El le envió la foto a su hermana despues que llegó al Callao - el puerto de Lima - de su ciudad natal de Tallara en el norte del Perú. Le dejó un mensaje escrito. Hoy mi tía me regaló la foto. 1943, Julio
Back in the homeland. 🇵🇪
Pennie the kubara. #LesHallots
José Ignacio. #leshallots
Buenos Aires, it's good to be back.
Miami, it's been awhile.
The greatest ever. #twentyyears