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.