Home-going Services for Angelo Falcón

Angelo Falcòn
Angelo Falcòn

Viewing: Mon. & Tues. May 28 & 29, 4-9 p.m.

Cremation: Private

Ortiz Funeral Home

201 Havemeyer Street

Brooklyn, New York 11206

718-782-6633

(J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave.; check elevator status. Buses to Williamsburg Plz.)

New York has lost a longtime advocate for Latino communities getting their representative share of civic positions and benefits and an activist who would call out manifestations of racism/colorism and gender bias within those communities.

Angelo Falcón was the President of the National Institute for Latino Policy (LatinoPolicy.org), which broadened its' mission to include all Latino communities after having begun as the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy. He was a co-editor of the recently reissued "Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition," and a frequent guest on WBAI's "Jordan Journal".

He will be sorely and deeply missed.

The New York Times offers this (excerpted):

Angelo Falcón Dies at 66 in New York

June 23, 1951 - May 24, 2018

Angelo Falcón, a political analyst known for wielding data as a weapon to force elected officials into taking action on behalf of New York’s Latino community, died on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn.

Angelo Manuel Falcón was born on June 23, 1951, in San Juan, P.R. His family moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when he was an infant.

As a boy he led a fight at his public school to allow its mostly Puerto Rican student body to take the entrance exam for the selective Brooklyn Technical High School. He was the only one admitted.

When data showed that the number of Puerto Rican students and faculty at the City University of New York had plummeted, he successfully pressed the mayor’s office, the university’s trustees and its chancellor to create initiatives for Latinos.

In 2007, after viewing Ken Burns’s multipart World War II documentary, “The War,” before it was shown on PBS stations, Mr. Falcón joined a group of activists in complaining that the film had left out the contributions of Hispanic soldiers. They persuaded PBS to make changes to the film so that Latinos were represented.

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Note: Also last week, Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr., longtime State Assemblymember from Harlem, passed away at age 86. NY Times obituary is here.