5.16.10 Domingo Newsbytes:

5.16.10 Domingo Newsbytes:

Proyecto Latina is tomorrow Monday, May 17 @ 7pm at Cedhalia’s Café. This month we plan to Speak up & Speak Out so, we’ve changed the format a little because we want to hear from YOU! Make sure to come out and bring your creative responses to Arizona recent legislation.

Our Facebook feeds  and Twitter accounts was exploding this week as Governor Jan Brewer did it again by signing into a law an ethnic studies ban in Arizona. What does this mean? It means no funding for Latino/Mexican studies classes, Native American or African American. Did you take a Latinos in the U.S. history class or another similar class? How did it impact you? Latina Lista’s Ultima Palabra this week features Drs. Jessica Lavariega-Monforti & Adam McGlynn write about the lack of Latino contribution in some college textbooks.

In other news Jessica Colotl, an undocumented Mexican college student, was released this week. During a routine traffic stop she was arrested for not having a U.S. driver’s license.

Ever notice how there doesn’t seem to be enough Latinos in print and broadcast media? Well a nonprofit called Global Girl Media hopes to change that by providing training and experience to young women in GGM’s pilot project, called KICK IT UP!, is based in Soweto, South Africa where 20 girls will be trained in media and how to report on the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At the same time, in Los Angeles, California, GGM has just launched the sister project to KICK IT UP! Called the Global Girl Media Academy. Hopefully, this program will inspire these young women to go into media and report news that matters.


Achy Obejas of Partner Dance Press invites you to submit to a new anthology coming out. The deadline is June 15 so start typing away or if you already have something to submit do it now. It’s a great opportunity!  Here is snippet of what they are looking for: Self-identified women writers, composers, performers and text-based artists under 40 currently living in Chicago to submit work for consideration in a new online text-based anthology. Read more…

Also, want to be part of a new web series? Well Sandra Rapale is scouting for talent for her new web series Bela La Agente. Rapale says, “I want to give an opportunity for talented and funny Latino actors to submit their headshot, resume, and reel for the upcoming episodes.”  The only requirement is that the actor/actress be extremely comfortable with improvisation. Send your information and/or links to lala@lalisima.com

Do you have a story idea or have you come across a news link that’s about Latinas or issue that impacts the Latina community and their families? Share it with us at info@proyectolatina.org

05.02.10: Domingo Newsbytes

05.02.10: Domingo Newsbytes

Its been a busy week for news that impacts Latinas and their families, particularly since Governor Brewer signed the immigration Arizona law SB1070 into law.

Yesterday, was the immigrant rights march. In Chicago and other parts of the country Half –A- Million and Counting participated waving American flags, holding up signs that read “We Are Arizona,”  mom’s brought their children, teenagers hung around excitedly, for some of them this was their first march and I spotted an army of paleteros.

Latina Lista is doing an amazing job keeping folks informed with the latest information on Arizona law and SB1070 and other stories related to this law. She wrote about the lack of Latino editorial columnists and political pundits that made me realize that we absolutely must use our voice and have a seat at the table as much as possible or laws like SB1070 will continue to spread.

Some Latina columnists that are speaking up are getting slammed with hate mail. Just ask Chicago Sun-Times columnist Esther Cepeda. This week she wrote a column on the amount of hate mail she has been getting since the immigration issue revved up. Drop Esther a love letter and tell her how much you appreciate the work she does. She’s one of few Latinas that has a public platform to speak on issues that impact the Latino communities.

Another Latina that got to chime in on the Arizona law issue was Teresa Puente from “Chicanisima,” blog. She joined host Alex Quigley from WGN 720 in the Showcase Studio to debate over immigration law in Arizona. On a personal note, I appreciate intelligent respectful opinions when calling radio stations, however, the callers were just down right rude.

A journalist on the move is Lydia Cacho. The International Press Institute (IPI) named Lydia Cacho as an IPI “World Press Freedom Hero,” to recognize her contributions to press freedom and investigative journalism in the defense of human rights in Mexico.

Violence isn’t up on Arizona Border despite Mexican drug war. According to, FBI Uniform Crime Reports and statistics provided by police agencies, in fact, show that the crime rates in Nogales, Douglas, Yuma and other Arizona border towns have remained essentially flat for the past decade, even as drug-related violence has spiraled out of control on the other side of the international line. Statewide, rates of violent crime also are down.

First the Arizona law now a new law threatens to ban ethnic studies in Arizona. This new law being proposed by the state legislature in Arizona is trying to equate ethnic studies programs with high treason. In other words, forget Cesar Chavez or any contributions Mexicans have made to this country. Will Governor Brewer sign this ban on ethnic studies? What do you think? Wait there’s more! Are you a teacher with a Spanish accent? Well if you are get ready to lose your job in Arizona.

Imagine you’re an American citizen whose parents happen to be undocumented immigrants. Well there’s a chance you might get deported too. At Tea Party rally in San Diego County, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wants to start deporting American citizens. Hmmm…I wonder if this includes the great-grand children of Pilgrims?

Art by Artist Tina Hernandez

04.25.10: Domingo Newsbytes

04.25.10: Domingo Newsbytes

What an exciting week it turned out to be.  Proyecto Latina was this past Monday, and we were pleased to have Sandra Posadas feature with us.  She shared inspiring poetry, influenced by her Puerto Rican heritage and her work as a public school teacher that resonated with many in attendance.  We all discovered that haiku chismes can require a lot of counting! Diana suggested we needed an abacus on hand–maybe next year. Dawn Herrera Terry did a brief performance piece that the group determined captured the spirit of census question number nine.

We also want to congratulate Proyecto Latina co-founder, Coya Paz who successfully defended her dissertation this past Wednesday.  She also  recently joined Columbia College Chicago faculty. Go Dr. Paz!

And now our Domingo Newsbytes, which are pretty somber this week:

Earth Day should still be fresh on our minds and this Cafe Magazine article illustrates and informs how environmental injustice affects low-income, Black and Latino communities that are often, “disproportionately exposed to toxins.”  LVEJO in Little Village Chicago offers an excellent, youth-led toxic tour that informs residents on the pollution from chemical and coal plants that compromise air and soil quality in the neighborhood.

This week I got profiled making my way into a conference, security assumed that I was there with the set-up crew for the luncheon.  It got me thinking about Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 and seriously, as a brown woman, I’m afraid to think about what would happen if I traveled to Arizona right now.  Its like time is moving backwards.  Guanabee sums it up nicely.

Yvianna Hernandez was hesitant about putting a new spin on La Loteria but it seems that her creative muse really felt that it was a critical job for her to see through.  See her powerful images and learn about how it happened at Borderzine.  As a sidenote, I do want to let you know that in an interview that Diana Pando did with Mexican poet Gabriela Jauregui (featured at Palabra Pura this past Wednesday) she reflected on the violence in Mexico and shared the eye opening number of casualties in the Cartel wars–more than those in the American war.  You can listen to Gabriela’s interview here, in the next couple of weeks.

Leaving you on a happier note:

The Great Collaboration Finally, not so much a newsbyte but an invite and request to save-the-date and plan to join us on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Join us in supporting the Fire This Time Fund, a wonderful organization that supports the work that Proyecto Latina does.  Held at: Arts of Life Studio & Gallery, 2010 W. Carroll Ave, Chicago.