Mujeres Del Cambio – Women of Change

Our community partner the Latina Leadership of the Chicago Foundation for women is putting on a panel discussion with some awesome Latina’s impacting our communities. We hope you can join them in this lively discussion and learn more about the work that the Latina Leadership Council does. Find out who is on the panel…

Mujeres Del CambioWomen of Change

Hosted by Chicago Foundation for Women’s Latina Leadership Council

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6-9 p.m.

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th St.

Chicago, IL 60608

Register for this event!

Latinas in Chicago represent the next wave of leadership. Their emergence in politics, the arts, education, media and beyond is setting the pace for an inclusive social change agenda. To celebrate and encourage Latina leadership, Chicago Foundation for Women’s Latina Leadership Council will host a “plática”–community conversation–with dynamic women who are paving new paths for Latina identity and empowerment.

Proceeds from Mujeres Del Cambio – Women of Change will go to the Maria Mangual Unidas Fund at Chicago Foundation for Women, which supports programs working with Latina women and girls across the Chicago area.

10.03.10 Domingo Newsbytes

Last night between trying to soothe my sore throat and listen to the cold rain tapping on my window I began to reflect on the week. The highlight was hearing anchor/reporter Soledad O’Brien give the keynote speech at the Chicago Foundation for Women Luncheon. The room was packed with 2,000 women from all walks of life and there was such a wonderful buzz of excitement.

During the speeches, a bird made it into the dining area. I watched it zig-zag throughout the room and hoped it wouldn’t poop on my head. Thankfully, it didn’t! When the event was over I left feeling inspired! Another person that inspired me this week was a former student of Irasema’s. We ran into her coming out of the Connie’s Pizza. She told us with a beaming smile that she has graduated school and was attending college. She was part of Poetics, a writing group of young girls from the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Irasema had mentored some years back.  For me, it is a joy to see the impact that Irasema has made on these young women.

This week I also encountered a challenge that left me disenchanted. The lesson I walked away with is don’t assume your community will step up to the plate and advocate for you, your art or your team. This is where the opportunity to educate and encourage advocacy for others comes into play. I feel that if we can’t do this within our own communities we’re screwed especially when we are working on projects outside of our communities.  I’m sure that one day I will be able to write about this experience and lesson in more detail.

One of the things that I’m looking forward to this month is the arrival of poet Linda Rodriguez from Kansas City. We have the honor of featuring her on Monday, October 18th so we hope you will come out and listen to her wonderful work. Read more about Linda…

In the news this week…I was delighted to turn on the TV and see journalists Achy Obejas and Teresa Puente on Chicago Tonight talking about Latino politics. As I watched them on TV I felt so proud to see them share their insights on who is expected to run for mayor from the Latino community. It occurred to me during their conversation that no Latinas are running for mayor. I wondered if during my lifetime I would ever see a Latina or even another woman as mayor of Chicago? Hopefully, someone will step up to the plate soon. See what Teresa and Achy had to say…

Speaking of journalists, Latina Lista pointed out this week in her post “New York Times reporter violates trust of undocumented immigrant in interview” how Reporter Kirk Semple recently wrote an article  “Mexican New Yorkers Are Steady Force in Workplace” and put these undocumented workers and their families at risk by revealing too much information about where they reside. In my opinion, as journalist he should know better than to break the trust of his interviewee who is doing him a favor by allowing him to even interview him in the first place.

That’s all for now. I’m keeping things short this week. I’m on my way to moderate a panel on a topic near and dear to my heart and with three amazing fellow artists:

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. Held at Catedral Cafe, 2500 S. Christiana.

We welcome any thoughts and/or comments. Have a great week and if you have links of news articles you want to share please send them to info@proyectolatina.org

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.

05.09.10 Domingo Newsbytes

05.09.10 Domingo Newsbytes

Last night was The Great Collaboration: creative justice roundtable and celebration benefit.  What an amazing vibe, we met  an army of enlightened creatives, there was a scrumptious spread of food, and it was a great honor to be included in the talent line-up.  We brought the chisme box with us and got a head-start on chisme’s for May’s Proyecto Latina.

SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT! is our theme for this month’s Proyecto Latina, which is only a week away on Monday, May 17th. Speaking up and the importance of sharing our opinions was a discussion that came up between members of the Proyecto Latina family recently, when we thought about how to respond to the Arizona law.  We have invited some special guests to join us that evening and will be featuring our community’s collective voice–you are invited to chime in.

This week we spotlighted two women that are doing an exceptional job of speaking up through virtual platforms: Cindy Mosqueda is the author of her blog Loteria Chicana and Monique Frausto is the creator of the online directory Blogs by Latinas.   Check out our interviews with them and let us know what you think.

Its also mother’s day this weekend. Did you know that our generation of mujeres is mixing it up a little? So, the next time familia inquires about when you plan to have that baby, calm their fears and let them know that according to a study by the Pew Research Center there are distinct shifts in the U.S. mommy demographic.  While there is a significant jump in the number of Latina mommy’s–13% increase since 1990– more women from all race/ethnic categories are waiting until their late thirties and early forties for a stork delivery.  Something else to consider if you are of child-bearing age, a different study finds that Latinas are at a higher risk for gestational diabetes.

Cultural attitudes about sex also place Latinas at high risk for something else, over 15 years ago Claudia Moreno was asked to create an HIV prevention intervention program for Latinas.  And something else we kinda already know about, but feel its worth repeating: poor Latina and Black women obtain abortions at a disproportionate level.

Kinda leaves you wondering: What is the real status of Latinas’ health today? A May 10th event in Pilsen, that is also open to the public, and sponsored by the Chicago Foundation for Women and Mujeres Latinas en Accion will tackle that question.

Have a great week!

Community Partners – Mil Gracias!


Proyecto Latina wants to take a moment to thank some amazing community partners that have supported us along the way. Our newest community partner includes the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Latina Leadership Council. All of these organizations are impacting our communities. We encourage you to go to their websites and support the wonderful work they do year round.
If you interested in becoming a community partner shoot us an email for details info@proyectolatina.org