06.27.10 Domingo Newsbytes

06.27.10 Domingo Newsbytes

This week I had an opportunity to attend the US Social Forum in Detroit and was able to attend many social justice workshops ranging from media, environment and immigration. The picture above is of a stained glass Native American image in one of the buildings I wandered into.

After one of the workshops at Wayne State University I crossed the street to the Detroit Institute of Art to see the Diego Rivera Mural. I felt like I was back in Mexico City seeing this mural and walked away feeling thankful to be able to see this mural in Detroit.

In another workshop I also had the opportunity to meet the moms and students over at Voz Mob who are doing incredible work mobilizing community and telling their story using cell phones. At that same workshop I got to meet Desi Burrell from the Media Mobilizing Project. I was super excited to hear about her Spanish language radio show and how she is taking the lead in creating a radio show for women in Philadelphia. Being in Detroit reinforced the importance of making sure we tell our stories with this in mind I’ve come back to Chicago inspired, full of energy and ready to crank Proyecto Latina up a notch.

While I was unable to attend this month’s Proyecto Latina at Cafe Catedral featuring Alicia Tellez Vega, I heard it was a wonderful success. Thank you for coming out and supporting!

We are also very excited that Sandra Posadas (Proyecto Latina April Feature) is going to be part of the Beast Women productions show. Read more…

Also, Sandra Trevino did a nice write up on Proyecto Latina on her blog for Enchufate called “Making Mondays Marvelous” Read more…

Here is this week’s Domingo Newsbytes:

10-year old Katherine Figueroa, who cried as she asked the Members of Congress assembled, “Please tell President Obama to stop putting parents in jail, all they want is a better life for their kids.” Latinas went to Congress this week to speak up and against the new Arizona law and the impact it is having on women and children.

Wanted: Latino Doctors, According to the Association of American Medical Colleges there aren’t enough Latino doctors in the U.S. to keep up with the growing Latino population. Latinos make up only 6% of students coming out of medical schools.

A new study by Chiara Sabina, Ph.D. and Dr. Carlos Cuevas on sexual assault among Latinas has been released with some interesting finds on sexual assault on Latinas in our communities. You can also download a copy of the report for an in-depth look at this issue.

On a local note I did come across the Chicago Tribune review by Nina Metz on Teatro Luna’s Generic Latina. What did you think of the show? Feel free to share your thoughts with Nina in the Trib’s comment section. I think it’s more important than ever for Latinas to be part of conversations happening in mainstream media and collectively amplify our voices. Also, if you haven’t checked out the Teatro Luna show go and support Latinas in the arts.

Domingo Newsbytes: 06.13.10

Domingo Newsbytes: 06.13.10

One of the things I was reflecting on recently, is how wonderful it is to see so many Latinas on the move. These women are always a great source of pride and inspiration and I’m delighted to be able to spotlight some of these women and the work they do.

This week our hermanas at the Chicago Foundation For Women’s Latina Leadership Council will be holding their summer fundraiser to raise funds for the Maria Mangual Unidas Fund @ Teatro Luna’s Generic Latina 2010 production on Thursday, June 17, @ 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. performance Chicago Dramatists Theatre. We hope to see you there! Register Today!

Our next Proyecto Latina is on Monday, June 21 @ 7pm @ Cafe Catedral in Little Village featuring Alicia Vega from Palabra Dulce. Read more…

Did you get a chance to check out the Céu interview by Veronica Vidal? Well if you haven’t check it out and discover the captivating music of Brazilian songbird Céu.

Partner Dance Press and is putting together an online anthology. The deadline is coming up this week so remember to submit. Read more…

Here is this week’s Domingo Newsbytes: Crude oil continues to gush in the Gulf of Mexico and spread to the coasts of Louisiana. Latinas are in the trenches of the clean-up efforts of the oil spill. These women are working hard to try to protect our environment. They’ve been working 12 hours a day unloading oil containment barriers, or “boom,” from trailers.  The “boom” forms a protective barrier around marshland to protect it from the waves of crude oil. While these jobs impact these Latinas economically there are concerns of reproductive health issues for women living or working near shoreline areas. Imagine if you are born in the United States of America and you are denied citizenship because your parents are undocumented? Crazy talk right? Well apparently not folks! Arizona Republicans will be introducing legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona – and thus American citizens according to the U.S. Constitution – to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens. This new proposed law is brought to you courtesy of the same person that created Senate Bill 1070 Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from the Mesa , AZ district. Action Steps You Can Take against this proposed law include: Writing Op-Ed pieces in your local newspaper, supporting organizations like MALDEF and American Civil Liberties Unions and other nonprofit organizations within Arizona you can also contact via  email to President Obama expressing your concern about this proposed legislation. Use your voice! If you have suggestions on what else we can all be doing collectively please share them in the comment section. (Image by: Jared Rodriguez )

On lighter note if you were one of the 9,000 people that watched the Mexico vs. South Africa soccer game than it will come as no surprise that this year’s second annual Siempre Mujer Magazine (June/July issue) has declared Rafa Marques as the Sexiest Soccer Player chosen by their readers. I have to say as I watched him score a goal he looked pretty good from where I was standing;) What do you think is he a Papucho or not?

This week I was walking around my neighborhood when I saw a little kid eating a Popsicle. I delighted at the thought of making my own popsicles this summer. I had seen the plastic Popsicle molds at the store and wanted to run out and get them.  Than I remembered that plastic is really bad for our planet. I thought of a poor dolphin choking on my plastic Popsicle molds (plastic doesn’t deteriorate) so I refuse to buy the plastic kind.  So what’s the alternative? Stainless steel popsicle molds! I found them on Fake Plastic Fish which is a website offering alternatives to plastic.

06.06.10 Domingo Newsbytes

06.06.10 Domingo Newsbytes

I was born, raised, and continue to reside in Little Village, I recall that fifteen years ago, June meant the end of school, warm summer days to sit on front steps of my home and join my friends to take endless strolls on 26th street.  The days were long and I spent long stretches watching daytime soaps and reading books, managed somehow to keep myself out of trouble when there was so little to keep me occupied.  I remember thinking, there had to be something more, its something I probably wrote into the journal I kept, because I filled a lot of my time writing  diary entries and fiction stories in wire-bound notebooks.  As a teen, I didn’t have a community of writers, I didn’t know it was something I was missing, but many years later when I finally found them I rejoiced.

That said,  I can’t tell you how excited I am that we have another opportunity to have our Proyecto Latina, third Monday reading series on home turf.  When Cafe Catedral agreed to be our venue sponsor and our feature, Alicia Tellez Vega happen to mention she lived nearby–I knew it was meant to be.  Its on Monday, June 21st, we posted the full event details here, earlier this week.  Make sure you mark your calendar and plan to join us.

My Proyecto Latina partners in crime are doing amazing stuff:

-Coya Paz made her debut as Vocalo’s new commentator on race, pop culture, and the media this past Thursday.  She’s scheduled to air weekly, you can tune into 89.5 FM to listen.  As soon as her spots become linkable we will make sure to share as well.

-Diana Pando is moderating the From Newsletter to Newspaper panel at the upcoming Making Media Connections conference.

-This week Thelma Uranga photographed Alicia Tellez Vega, (photo posted above) and she also shared news that El Stitch y Bitch, will be creating an altar for Dia de los Muertos at the National Museum of Mexican Art next fall. I’m also excited to be co-teaching with Thelma this summer, the ASM program, Tejer y Poder at Pros Arts Studios.

And beyond our immediate microcosm the news included the following this week:

Violence against women: sometimes its obvious, as is the case for 21 year-old Peruvian girl, Stephany Flores, and sometimes its damage is a little harder to determine, Debrahlee Lorenzana gets fired for speaking up against sexual harrassment–her male colleagues were not made accountable when they couldn’t resist her “distracting” beauty.

Latinas delay doctor visits because we are kinda finnicky, not only do we prefer alternative therapies, and we seem to have a low tolerance to experiences we deem as “discrimination in a clinical setting” but we have prefer the doctor that looks and talks like us.

Sonia Sotomayor,  is posing tough questions of the Miranda ruling that proves that, “America’s, she’s got your back.  Wish we could say the same for BP, according to Jesse Jackson, BP wants to drill in Lake Michigan despite the trouble its having cleaning up its current mess.  Last I checked oil is drifting to the Florida panhandle, and there’s nothing like pictures to make reality sink in.

06.21.10: Alicia's Dulce Palabras

06.21.10: Alicia's Dulce Palabras

The third Monday in June is going to be extra sweet for Proyecto Latina. We are featuring Alicia Tellez Vega from La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word ensemble and we are taking our reading series back into Little Village, we are being hosted at the lovely Cafe Catedral. Get the full scoop below and plan to join us.

Date: Monday, June 21, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Cafe Catedral, 2500 S. Christiana, Chicago, Il

Alicia Tellez Vega of La Dulce Palabra is the Proyecto Latina feature for June 2010.

Alicia Tellez Vega was raised on the southwest side of Chicago and comes from a large Mexican family. She uses her creative energy to express her sexuality, inner conflicts and sensuality through words and dramatic performances. As a advocate for youth, she also uses her writings and performances to release the negative energy that is can often be carried internally from working with young trauma victims. She is currently a member of La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word Ensemble, board member of Amigas Latinas and the Youth Program Director at Center on Halsted.

Reading will include Identity Crisis, a monologue about the struggles to give identity to the unnamed female zone. I will also be reading sections from Las Dulces Palabras, Volume 1, a self published collection of original writings from La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word Ensemble.

Proyecto Latina venue sponsor for June 2010.