09.26.10 Domingo Newsbytes

09.26.10 Domingo Newsbytes

After a very intense summer I decided it was necessary to “disconnect” in order to re-energize.  So, I took time to enjoy that gorgeous Harvest moon and rejoice over the arrival of my favorite season.  This weekend as I got back onto social networking sites and answered non-work related emails I began to discover all the wonderful projects taking place this fall.

The week ahead is full of activities for Proyecto Latina, you can catch up with Diana and me next weekend at the Little Village Arts Festival (LVAF).

  • LVAF Opening Night Fri., Oct. 1, 2010, 7-9 PM.  Proyecto Latina is part of the evening’s line-up, we are honored to be participating again this year, we will have the following ladies paying literary homage their La Villita roots: Desiree Castro, N. Reyna Amaya and Irasema Gonzalez. Location: Universidad Popular, 801 South Hamlin Avenue.
  • Latinas telling their stories through the arts Sun. Oct. 3, 2010, 2-3  p.m.  The focus of this discussion is Latinas telling their stories through the arts and what impact it has on them as artists as well as what we can do as a community of women in the arts to support creative visions and generate new work to tell our stories. Audience Q&A included. Panelists: Desiree Castro, writer,  Thelma Uranga, fiber arts, Laura Vergara, artist. Moderator: Diana Pando. Held at Catedral Cafe, 2500 S. Christiana.
Earlier in the week you can catch Diana Pando on another panel:
  • Art as a means to resist: Talk-back with Latino/a artist, Sept. 29, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Part of Malcom X’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, 1900 W. Van Buren, Cultural Center. Panel includes: Diana Pando, Proyecto Latina, Edith Bucio, and Segundas Productions.

image by Thelma Uranga

We also want to let you know about our other Proyecto Latina member Thelma Uranga–she shares with us the photo to the right, taken earlier in the week when she and Jessica Phillips  took El Stitch y Bitch to La Casita at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen.   In a gesture of solidarity they brought knitting supplies, gave lessons and shared a way to pass the time as the waiting continues in a stand-off to save the field house from demolition and have it turned into an adequate school library.

The Whittier sit-in has gone past its tenth day and officials have confirmed that the building will not be demolished without a third assessment.   The parent sit-in continues and mom’s are adamant that they, “don’t want fake grass. They want books.“  Anne Elizabeth Moore at Vocalo,  shares the perspective of nine year-old Monica who is accompanying her mother at La Casita sit-in, she is a fourth grader that says, “I love to read.”

Very reminiscent of the 2001 hunger strike to have the Little Village/Lawndale High School built, it saddens me that almost ten years later these extreme measures still have to be taken  to ensure proper education resources for our community.

In a different fight for justice, Esperanza Medina made the news two years ago as an acid assault victim.  This week she removed veils that have concealed her face and injuries and stepped out publicly to share the story of her lengthy recovery.  She plans on wearing a sleeveless dress and pulling her hair back to reveal all scars when she attends court next week where she will confront her alleged attackers.

Chika A Day by Naomi Martinez.

Another woman who flipped the tables from victim to victor was Ingrid Betancourt.   She details the story of her kidnapping and six and a half years in captivity in a new book.

Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa shares that, “violence in Mexico is connected to vast shipments of weapons from the United States.“  She also points out that there are no links between high crime rates in and immigration.

On a way lighter note, some  final side-note items:

Ely Guerra‘s most recent Chicago concert was last night, in an interview with Jose Luis Benavides for Gozamos, she shies away from talking about future plans but ultimately shares that future creative pursuits include food and perfume, Guerra says, “Making perfume is like making music.”

For Hispanic Heritage Month, Amor Montes de Oca, from Arte y Vida Chicago will be Tony Sarabia’s guest for October 1 edition of Radio M for a  survey of Hispanic Legacy.

Artist Naomi Martinez is ten days into a self-imposed  30 day challenge, where she posts a doodle of her trademark Monstrochikas daily through Oct. 17th.  In today’s post Naomi announced that she will be also be conducting an art workshop for next week’s Little Village Art Festival where she will show attendees how to make felt plush animals–she promises to post details for that soon.

Finally, remember to save-the-date and join us the third Monday in October for Proyecto Latina reading series.  Our out-of-town guest of honor is the intensely fierce poet, Linda Rodriguez.  Get the full scoop of event details here.

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