Donna Hernandez

Donna Hernandez
Channing Kennedy Donna is the Special Events Coordinator and Operations Manager for the Applied Research Center's New York Office. A native of Philadelphia, PA, she has organized in her North Philadelphia community on police issues, housing and welfare rights and Puerto Rican independence. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Letters Arts and Science with a minor in African American Studies. She began organizing at an early age with the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) in Philadelphia. While at Penn State, she was active in student organizing and government. She worked with several groups aimed at recruiting and retaining students of color to higher education.

Prior to working at ARC, she was Executive Director of the Police-Barrio Relations Project (PBRB), a Philadelphia non-profit fighting for police accountability and providing community education programs and police cultural awareness workshops. As Executive Director, she was responsible for maintaining all of the organization's programs and staff and for overseeing a 1996 Settlement Agreement between the City of Philadelphia and the PBRP, NAACP and ACLU.

Who Supports Our Troops? Not Our Healthcare System

by Donna Hernandez on September 3 2009, 2:29PM

“The Story of a Soldier,” Tuesday’s New York Times article about custody battles and other trials faced by returning soldiers, reminds me of stories I heard from my uncle’s Army buddies. According to the article’s Specialist Leydi Mendoza, she…


Jose Hernandez Crosses Borders Beyond the Stars

by Donna Hernandez on September 2 2009, 2:46PM

More than forty years after the first space launch to the moon, Jose Hernandez, a Californian-born American astronaut born to Mexican immigrants, joins Discovery’s 37th mission to space. This flight marks the first time that two Mexican-American astronauts have…


Philadelphia Takes Out Loan; Liberty Bell Repossession Imminent

by Donna Hernandez on September 1 2009, 2:53PM

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the city is taking out a short-term loan of $250 million from JP Morgan Chase. The loan has a 3% interest rate until December 1st and will go up to 8% thereafter. Nutter…

Topics: Economy

The Venceremos Brigade Challenges the U.S. Travel Ban on Cuba [VIDEO]

by Donna Hernandez on August 6 2009, 10:11AM

Watch CBS Videos Online On Monday, 150 members from the 40th contingent of the Venceremos Brigade returned from their ten-day solidarity and education trip to Cuba. The brigadistas openly acknowledged their trip as an act of civil disobedience while crossing…


What Should Happen After the Beer Summit

by Donna Hernandez on July 30 2009, 4:53PM

Over the past month, race relations have heated up in US cities where government officials have been accused of posting racist messages on the Internet. There have been several investigations into the incidents. People want to know: who was it?…


If I Ruled the World

by Donna Hernandez on June 19 2009, 2:09PM

Last night Nas’ song If I Ruled the World kept playing back in my head after a long discussion with a friend of mine about Medgar Evers. Today marks the anniversary of the day that civil rights leader Medgar…


Harlem Youth Exposes Teen Homelessness at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

by Donna Hernandez on June 5 2009, 9:13AM

by Cynthia Carrion Each night 1,600 teenagers in New York City find themselves homeless. Harlem’s own Clevins Browne and Olivia McClendon take this issue on as part of Youth Producing Change, an innovative program of youth-produced short films from…


A Little Recess for Your Weekend

by Donna Hernandez on March 6 2009, 5:29PM

(photo courtesy of Recess) Frigid NYC is an annual event that highlights up and coming playwrights. The best part about this festival is that it gives the proceeds of the ticket purchases to the artists themselves. The highlight of…


Is Green really the new Black?

by Donna Hernandez on February 5 2009, 2:40PM

I’m at the Good Jobs; Green Jobs National conference in Washington DC where 2,500 plus people have gathered. The more popular workshops have focused on how to create Green Solutions that include and focus on communities of color. Here…


NYC Picket in Solidarity with the Stella D’Oro Strikers

by Donna Hernandez on December 19 2008, 11:18AM

The 135 workers of Stella D’Oro, the biscuit producers, most of whom are women and Latinos, are confronting a difficult Christmas on the streets. The company has refused to negotiate and is demanding that the workers return to work without…


What About the Bottom?

by Donna Hernandez on October 6 2008, 11:27AM

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been aggressively paying attention to tnews about the US economy and attempting to figure out if it will wipe out the little bit of funds in my 401K. The fact that I have a…

Topics: Economy

A Mi Me Gusta La Gasolina! – Has He Been Inhaling the Fumes!?

by Donna Hernandez on August 25 2008, 9:12PM

On Monday, Island-based Puerto Rican and Reggaeton artist, Daddy Yankee, who made an international name for himself with the song “Gasolina”, endorsed presidential hopeful John McCain citing the senator’s support of “Hispanics and his immigration efforts.” I’m ashamed to…


One World, One Dream - Not in Beijing

by Donna Hernandez on July 29 2008, 10:24AM

Beijing officials have built a 10-foot wall around entire neighborhoods south of Tiananmen Square in hopes of speeding up a last minute beautification process for the 2008 Olympics. Say what!? Residents, mostly merchants, who hoped to increase their business…

Topics: Global Affairs

Catch 22 – Cardiac Arrest Donors of Color Save Lives

by Donna Hernandez on July 25 2008, 8:55AM

The experience of losing a loved can be even more devastating when you realize certain preventative measures could have avoided their level of illness. This thought came to mind today when I read a study about patients of color who…

Topics: Health


by Donna Hernandez on July 15 2008, 9:52AM

The Culture Project, a theater in Soho in New York City known for its dedication to theater for progressive change, is currently showing Expatriate, a new play with music about race, friendship, art and fame. Lenelle MoÏse, the playwright…


Keystone State Plastered With Racist Posters

by Donna Hernandez on May 16 2008, 10:12AM

In January 2008, Keystone Skinheads, a hate group, posted messages from New York to Philadelphia encouraging people to take back their neighborhoods. The poster doesn’t address where white residents are newly popping up. One of the major reasons white flight…


Detectives Found Not Guilty in Sean Bell Case

by Donna Hernandez on April 25 2008, 9:34AM

Today is an emotional day for New York and many major cities dealing with police brutality issues in their neighborhoods. Judge Arthur Cooperman ruled that the detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper bore no criminal responsibility for Bell’s…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Is this Justice for Mumia?

by Donna Hernandez on April 5 2008, 8:20AM

In the last week, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal should have a new jury trial to determine only whether he should serve life in prison or be sentenced to death. The decision…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Let’s Crunch the Numbers

by Donna Hernandez on March 18 2008, 1:22PM posted a story the other day on rebate checks from the IRS with a schedule to let everyone who files their taxes know when they’ll be receiving the $600 promised to individuals earning less than $75,000 a year. The…

Topics: Economy

Puerto Rican Independentistas Protest Grand Jury

by Donna Hernandez on January 11 2008, 11:14AM

Today we commemorate one of the first systemic sociologists in Latin America, Eugenio Maria de Hostos. De Hostos, a founder of the Antillean Confederation, an organization known for lobbying for the liberation of various Caribbean and Latin American countries from…

Topics: Criminal Justice

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