07.11.10 Domingo Newsbytes

07.11.10 Domingo Newsbytes

In the last week I’ve had a few folks tell me that “summer is over”. How can I have missed summer? This can’t possibly be true, summer isn’t over. It reminded me that we need to be in the “now” to truly enjoy summer. It also dawned on me that between presentations, emails, texts,  phone calls and Facebook I haven’t been doing anything fun. Like most hyper-busy Latinas we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our work and family life.

So, I decided to be spontaneous and I went to the “Memory of Fire” concert over at the Pritzker Pavillion. There is nothing like the sound of an outdoor orchestra accompanied by a staged reading by some of Chicago’s best Latino actors. It was great to take advantage of this free concert and relax.

I also indulged in a complimentary iced coffee and pan con mantequilla over at Cafecito and lunched with a Latina leader at Catedral Café in Little Village. It reminded me that none of these things matter if we don’t take advantage of all these summer moments.

With this in mind, remember to squeeze in some relaxation time and enjoy the moment before summer really is over.  That said I invite you to join us for the next 3rd Monday Proyecto Latina reading series where Cristina Correa takes the spotlight, get the full scoop here.

Are you a Latina blogger? Well if you are the folks over at LATISM would love to pick your brain. There are over 71 million active blogs online and Latinas are one of the fastest growing demographics and are traditionally undercounted (surprise, surprise). According to LATISM’s Chair and Founder, Ana Roca-Castro, the aim in conducting the survey is to provide visibility to the Latinas in this arena while providing valuable comprehensive information to the corporations who are interested in reaching this highly coveted market. “One of the highest priorities at LATISM. Take the survey today!

This week Comedy Central’s Steven Colbert volunteers to be the fourth American to become a farm worker through the United Farm Workers of America’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign. We can’t wait to see Colbert’s report back of his experience in the fields picking vegetables and fruits.

An organization doing wonderful work is The Immigrant Archive Project. I came across their site and was fascinated at all of the stories they have by immigrants. The organization is dedicated to preserving the life stories of Latino immigrants to shed light on their hopes, dreams and struggles.

With no immigration reform on the horizon many families are bearing the brunt of broken system primarily immigrant women. Last month, the Immigration Policy Center published a report, Reforming America’s Immigration Laws: A Woman’s Struggle”

The focus of the report is on the abuse, assault and exploitation these women can face from traffickers, employers, law enforcement since they are less likely to call police because of their immigration status and these crimes go unreported. The report also gives recommendations of what policy makers in D.C. can be doing to solve this problem.

Andrea Echeverri, lead singer of the Colombian band Aterciopelados gave Alt.Latino her list of women that ROCK in Spanish!  Her list includes everyone from Mercedes Sosa to Juana Molina. Check out the complete list…

Also, there will be a Public Hearing on Comcast-NBC Universal merger. You might be asking what this has to do with you. This merger is going to hit Chicago hard both Comcast and NBC have a history of sidelining independent producers and media makers. Jean Prewitt, of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, testified that the Comcast merger is about “the very future of creative life, cultural expression, and the free exchange of ideas.” She wrote, “This merger places at risk the opportunities for diverse, original and independent programming to reach the public through traditional media and new platforms.” The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has come out strongly against this merger–their statement is here.

Held Tuesday, July 13, 2010, from 1:00-8:00 p.m., public comments from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at  Northwestern University Law School  – Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL.

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