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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

PUERTO RICAN VOTERS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA


For the thousands of newly arrived Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, the first time they’ll be allowed to vote in a presidential election is one where they might be a deciding factor. The irony isn’t lost on them. Despite being U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans on the island can’t vote for president.  And yet, they can fly more than a thousand miles to Central Florida and settle in what political analysts call the “swing part of the swing state,” potentially deciding the course of America’s future. Local organizers say this community isn’t as homogenous as political campaigns would like. Frederick Velez, a community organizer with the progressive Latino coalition Que Vote Mi Gente, says Central Florida’s boricua community can be divided …
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Central Florida A Hub For Unaffiliated Puerto Rican Voters


Central Florida is now home to one of the state’s fastest growing groups: Puerto Ricans. Unlike other Latinos who arrive from other countries, Puerto Ricans, once here, can vote for president of the United States. 90.7’s Renata Sago tells us why Puerto Ricans are choosing not to be affiliated with a major party.
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Vincent Williams (left) works for a moving company, but his income dropped dramatically when business slowed a couple of months ago. Photo: Renata Sago, WMFE.
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Thanksgiving Meals for Hundreds of Central Florida’s Homeless


More than 800 men, women, and children are enjoying turkey with gravy, candied yams, green beans, and biscuits this afternoon with help from volunteers and staff at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. The organization’s annual Thanksgiving banquet is expected to draw some of central Florida’s homeless community and newly migrated residents.
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