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Von Diaz

Von Diaz
Reporter/Blogger
New York, NY

Von Diaz is a Colorlines reporter and multimedia producer, as well as an editor for Feet in Two Worlds, which brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the Web. Von focuses her reporting on immigration, Latino arts and culture, LGBT issues and food. Her work has been featured on PRI’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC, and Feet in Two Worlds. In 2011 she won an Ippie Award for her multi-media story on homeless, gay immigrant youth in New York.

In addition to reporting she has also worked in communications for El Museo del Barrio, a Latino museum and cultural institution; and Spark, a San Francisco-based youth mentorship program. She also dedicates her time to a number of youth empowerment causes, and serves on Board of Fundación ALMA, a Colombian music and art education program, and is the chair of the Advisory Board for Media Masters Alliance, a New York LGBTQA media literacy and mentorship program.

Von holds a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College. She was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and grew up in Atlanta, Ga.

Watch Three Artists Reckoning with Stop-and-Frisk

Watch Three Artists Reckoning with Stop-and-Frisk

by Von Diaz on October 14 2013, 2:44PM

In ‘American Secrets: New York City,’ artists Akil b STRANGe, MC Grizzz, and AJ Cincotta-Eichenfield produced and audiovisual response to the NYPD’s controversial policy.

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race

Alice Walker Set to Publish Personal Diary

Alice Walker Set to Publish Personal Diary

by Von Diaz on October 14 2013, 11:16AM

Walker’s newest book will be available in 2017.

Topics: /NOW

Do Women Have More to Lose If Immigration Reform Dies?

Do Women Have More to Lose If Immigration Reform Dies?

by Von Diaz on October 14 2013, 9:00AM

Non-citizen women are three to six times more likely to experience domestic violence than those born in the U.S. As immigration reform efforts stall, those women are left out in the cold.

Topics: Immigration

Demonstrators Block Deportation Buses in Tucson

Demonstrators Block Deportation Buses in Tucson

by Von Diaz on October 11 2013, 4:30PM

Protestors in Tucson, Ariz. are stopping ICE buses full of people being taken to ‘Operation Streamline, which rapidly deports as many as 70 immigrants each day.

Topics: /NOW

On National Coming Out Day, LA Teachers Wear Badges in Solidarity

On National Coming Out Day, LA Teachers Wear Badges in Solidarity

by Von Diaz on October 11 2013, 3:56PM

As part of ‘Coming Out for Safe Schools,’ this is the first time the LAUSD has gone to such extensive measures to show solidarity towards LGBTQ students.

Topics: /NOW

New Details in Georgia Teen's Death Arouse Suspicions

New Details in Georgia Teen’s Death Arouse Suspicions

by Von Diaz on October 11 2013, 2:00PM

Kendrick Johnson’s parents believe their son was murdered, and have called on Benjamin Crump out of suspicions that police mishandled their case because their son is black.

Topics: /NOW

ACLU Calls for Investigation of 'Roving' Border Patrols

ACLU Calls for Investigation of ‘Roving’ Border Patrols

by Von Diaz on October 10 2013, 4:32PM

Following a settlement over ‘roving’ border patrols in Washington state, the ACLU is turning its attention to similar circumstances in Arizona.

Topics: /NOW

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to Serve 28 Years in Prison

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to Serve 28 Years in Prison

by Von Diaz on October 10 2013, 2:26PM

Convicted of 24 counts including tax crimes, bribery, extortion, and racketeering, Kilpatrick received one of the steepest sentences ever imposed on a public official.

Topics: /NOW

Four Panels on Race and Gender at NYC Comic Con

Four Panels on Race and Gender at NYC Comic Con

by Von Diaz on October 10 2013, 12:00PM

Racialicious has a handy guide for thew few panels that address these issues.

Topics: /NOW

Florida Senate Looks to Revise 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Florida Senate Looks to Revise ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

by Von Diaz on October 10 2013, 11:19AM

The Florida law that aided George Zimmerman’s acquittal in Trayvon Martin murder trial is under scrutiny.

Topics: /NOW

Confrontation With Arizona Border Patrol Turns Violent

Confrontation With Arizona Border Patrol Turns Violent

by Von Diaz on October 9 2013, 5:06PM

Arizona police used pepper spray and rubber bullets against demonstrators who attempted to stop Border Patrol from taking two immigrants into custody.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Lawmakers Among the 200 Arrested at Immigration Rally

Lawmakers Among the 200 Arrested at Immigration Rally

by Von Diaz on October 9 2013, 10:14AM

Thousands came out for Tuesday’s rally in Washington D.C., the latest demonstration aimed at putting pressure on Congress to take action on immigration reform.

Topics: /NOW

Watch California Youth Respond to Trayvon, Oscar, and Israel

Watch California Youth Respond to Trayvon, Oscar, and Israel

by Von Diaz on October 8 2013, 4:55PM

In a new music video produced by the Richmond, CA youth organization RYSE, young men of color connect with the recent deaths of three young men of color.

Topics: /NOW

New Web Series Explores Latinos in the Bronx

New Web Series Explores Latinos in the Bronx

by Von Diaz on October 8 2013, 1:12PM

‘Pushing Dreams,’ a new web series by Adel L. Morales, follows the lives of an interconnected group of Latinos struggling to make ends meet.

Topics: /NOW

Campaign Aims to End High Rates for Prison Phone Calls

Campaign Aims to End High Rates for Prison Phone Calls

by Von Diaz on October 8 2013, 10:04AM

The ACLU’s new campaign aims to put pressure on Global-Tel-Link, one of the two large companies that continue to charge high prison phone call rates despite the FCC’s August ruling to reduce them.

Topics: /NOW

Feminist Bookstore in Atlanta Vandalized with Homophobic Graffiti

Feminist Bookstore in Atlanta Vandalized with Homophobic Graffiti

by Von Diaz on October 7 2013, 11:26AM

Following an event last Thursday night, Charis Books and More was spray-painted with anti-gay slurs and vulgar imagery.

Topics: /NOW

Brown Signs Bills Increasing Protections for California Immigrants

Brown Signs Bills Increasing Protections for California Immigrants

by Von Diaz on October 7 2013, 9:29AM

On Saturday CA Gov. Jerry Brown signed the ‘TRUST Act’ into law, which prohibits local law enforcement from detaining immigrants who have not committed serious crimes.

Topics: /NOW

Ex-Marine Calls on People of Color to Back Same-Sex Marriage

Ex-Marine Calls on People of Color to Back Same-Sex Marriage

by Von Diaz on October 4 2013, 2:52PM

Marquell Smith helped repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and is now turning his attention towards another LGBT cause.

Topics: /NOW

Herman Wallace Dies Three Days After Being Released From Solitary

Herman Wallace Dies Three Days After Being Released From Solitary

by Von Diaz on October 4 2013, 12:13PM

After spending more than 40 years in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace died today at age 71.

Topics: /NOW

Native Tribes Already Feeling the Effects of Government Shutdown

Native Tribes Already Feeling the Effects of Government Shutdown

by Von Diaz on October 3 2013, 12:43PM

Transportation and elder home care have already been suspended for Montana’s Crow Tribe, which saw half of its employed members furloughed due to the government shutdown.

Topics: /NOW