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‘They Immediately See Gangs’: From El Salvador To Boston, Helping Young People Shake Stigma And Feel Safe

Volunteers for Glasswing International lead members of the Glee club in a dance routine at a school in Las Palmas, San Salvador, El Salvador. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

President Trump has referred to members of the MS-13 gang as “animals.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the gang is infiltrating the U.S., calling unaccompanied minors from Central America “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” There’s been a strong focus by the administration on legal crack downs but less talk of how to prevent young people from joining gangs in the first place. For two organizations working thousands of miles apart, that is their shared goal: to show young people a vision of their futures beyond the gangs.

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“They’ve Destroyed My Family” – The Story Of A Mother’s Last-Minute Deportation

Miguel Torres, whose wife Glenda Cardenas Caballero was deported in August. Photo by Diane Orson for Connecticut Public Radio

Miguel Torres said his wife’s deportation didn’t come as a complete surprise. Glenda Cardenas Caballero was undocumented and had a order of deportation from 2005. He said the family had tried for years to find a way for her to stay. “They tried to deport her three times,” he said. “But then we continued doing the appeals. We’ve been always complying with every single detail.”

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What New England Can Learn From Kansas About Creating A Wind Energy Economy

The Kocher Family Ranch on the Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County, Kansas. Photo by Phil Warburg

As New England invests in wind energy projects off of our coasts, the amount of wind energy we use still pales in comparison to states in the “wind belt.” One such example is Kansas. Philip Warburg explains what states in our region can learn from states that we don’t usually think of as leaders in renewable energy.

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