catherine lizette gonzalez

Editorial Assistant
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catherine lizette gonzalez is the editorial assistant at Colorlines. Originally from Miami, Florida, she's worked as a legal assistant, domestic violence advocate, bookseller, educator, cashier and retail associate. In 2015, she was granted a media fellowship from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she expanded research and advocacy on sexual and reproductive health issues in immigrant and Latinx communities. She has also served as a youth educator for Sadie Nash Leadership Project, providing mentorship for young women and girls of color in Newark, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Jai-Alai Magazine, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Bitch Media, NPR's Latino USA and She Shreds Magazine. She holds degrees in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida State University and journalism from Columbia University. catherine currently resides in Queens, New York, and co-edits the online literary journal TAGVVERK.

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ICE Stops Force-Feeding Immigrant Hunger Strikers Held in El Paso Detention Center

A total of 12 men have been refusing to eat to protest the conditions, treatment and length of their detainment. 

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REPORT: In Wisconsin, Black and Native People Hardest Hit by Probation, Parole

A new report from Columbia University Justice Lab reveals that Black and Native folks in the state are subject to “structural disadvantages that make adhering to the requirements of community corrections more difficult for people of color.”

Supreme Court Moves Trump's Trans Military Ban Step Closer to Implementation

In a 5-4 decision split along party lines, the Supreme Court lifted most of the injunctions that were preventing the Trump administration from keeping transgender people out of the military.

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LA Teachers Strike Enters Fifth Day with Thousands of Supporters

Tens of thousands of teachers, parents, students and supporters in the Los Angeles Unified School District are demanding better pay, smaller class sizes and more resources and support staff for students—nearly 75 percent of whom are Latinx.

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WATCH: Teen Photographers Capture Generations of Maya Women and Girls

A new short documentary profiles six Guatemelan teen photographers who are tackling representation, racism and classism through their project Maya Womxn of LA.

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Colorlines Favorites of 2018: The Messy Humanity and Community of 'Pose'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite shows, books, hashtags, movies and more of 2018. Here, editorial assistant catherine gonzalez discusses why the FX series “Pose” is her favorite TV show of the year. 

Two rows of four books, "A Very Large Expanse of Sea, "Hurricane Child," "Girls Resist," "Go Show the World," "My So-Called Bollywood Life," "Drawn Together," The Poet X," "Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop."

Gift These Uplifting Books to the Kids and Young Adults In Your Life

As we shift into a new year, let these 2018 titles affirm, inspire and galvanize the young people in your life. 

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Florida Police Can Use Stand Your Ground Defense in Deadly Shootings, Court Rules

Critics say the decision will make it more difficult to hold law enforcement officers criminally responsible for on-duty killings.

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Nearly Half of All U.S. Adults Have a Family Member Who Has Been Incarcerated

A new study finds that mass incarceration has ruinous consequences for the 113 million people in the United States whose family members have spent time in prisons or jails, and people of color are disproportionately impacted.

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Trans Candidates Made History by Running—and in Some Cases Winning—In the Midterms

As the Trump administration works to eliminate transgender rights, trans candidates ran for office in record numbers—and had a few notable victories.

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WATCH: New Doc Shows How Gerrymandering Suppresses Black Votes in North Carolina

“Crooked Lines” explains how lawmakers design voting districts to influence elections and keep Black voters from electing their preferred candidates.

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'Decolonizing Wealth' Addresses Philanthropy's White Supremacy Problem, Offers Solutions

In his new book, “Decolonizing Wealth,” Native author and philanthropist Edgar Villanueva confronts the colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and builds a framework centered on communities of color.  

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The Race-Focused Books We're Reading This Fall

As the nights grow long and the warm weather recedes, let these books on race, history and culture offer you insight and reflection this fall. 

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Trump Administration Plans to Restrict Green Cards For Immigrants Enrolled in Safety Net Programs

Per a new 447-page proposal, the federal government seeks to deny green cards to immigrants who have received benefits including Medicaid, housing vouchers and supplemental food assistance.

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South Carolina Refused to Evacuate Incarcerated People Ahead of Hurricane Florence

“If Governor McMaster truly does not want to ‘gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina,’ he needs to make sure that the prison system is up to par, or evacuate the inmates just as he has ordered the rest of us to do.”

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REPORT: The Urgent Need to Dismantle School Policing in Communities of Color

A new report from Advancement Project and Alliance for Educational Justice amplifies the voices of students of color who are demanding police-free schools.

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In Trump's America, Survivors of Hate Violence Share Their Stories

Civil rights attorney Arjun Singh Sethi’s new book, “American Hate,” is a compelling collection of testimonies from survivors of hate violence.

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ICYMI: Feds Revoking Passports of Thousands of Latinx Citizens Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Trump administration is accusing Latinx citizens of using fake birth certificates, revoking their passports and placing them in immigration detention and deportation proceedings. 

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Andrew Gillum Wins Democratic Primary, Becomes Florida's First Black Gubernatorial Nominee

The “non-millionaire” candidate is running on a progressive platform that firecely opposes Stand Your Ground laws and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Florida Lawsuit Seeks Bilingual Ballots for Puerto Ricans Who Fled Hurricane Maria

Several advocacy organizations say elected officials in Florida are violating the voting rights of tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who moved to the mainland after the devastating hurricane.