Claudia Rivera CottoReporter for the Columbia Missourian
Claudia Rivera Cotto is reporter for the social justice beat and an investigative and data journalism master’s student at the University of Missouri. Claudia has interned for Puerto Rico’s Public Broadcasting Corporation and the Center for Investigative Journalism.
With little government assistance, volunteers and community members have stepped up. That kind of help is becoming more crucial as the number of smaller disasters like the one in Wooldridge increase as the climate changes.
The store is one of the efforts from City of Refuge to fund assistance for over 1,200 newly arrived refugees in Columbia.
Voices from the Columbia Stands with Dreamers event: 'We would like to see a pathway to something permanent.'The two versions of the DREAM Act currently in Congress, the Dream Act of 2021 and the American Dream and Promise Act, would provide opportunities for eligible immigrants a permanent legal status and eventually become eligible for U.S. citizenship.
This year, ALAS organized a Día de los Muertos event to commemorate the holiday in what one attendee described as an opportunity to get together and honor those who have passed with an added sense of community.