10/15/08

No Debate: Hempstead is Struggling

Today a horde of journalists descends on the Hempstead Village (Long Island NY), to cover the third and final presidential debate.

But Steven Greenstreet of the American News Project left the pack to hear from people outside of the media spotlight, people hit hard by our nation's crises at home and abroad.

While Hempstead Village is known an African American enclave, it also has a large and growing immigrant Latino community. For example, local public school enrollment is now approximately half Latino and half African American.

New York's Governor David Paterson spent part of his youth as a resident of Hempstead.

Click here for the 6 minute documentary.

Photo: Gov Paterson greeting Latino students at Hempstead High.
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