4.18.10:Domingo Newsbytes

It’s a sunny Sunday in Chicago and we hope you go out and enjoy it wherever you are!

Don’t forget this Monday @7pm! Sandra Posadas is the Proyecto Latina feature at Cedahalia’s Café. Swing by early and sign up for the open mic and bring a few chismes with you to share!

Here is your Doming News Bytes…

Latinas and their families are being threatend by a harsh new law that’s been proposed in Arizona giving police officers the authority to determine the immigration status of someone they suspect is undocumented immigrant.Legal Defender Isabel Garcia to the folks of Democracy Now about this issue that threatens to make Arizona a police state.

Still haven’t filled out the Census? Folks in the Chicago area will have another chance to fill it out and send it back. Sending it impacts the amount of money your city and state will get from the federal government to build schools, hospitals and increase social services. Get counted!

This week First Lady Michelle Obama visited Mexico City and hung out with Mexican First lady Margarita Zavala. Teresa Puente from Chicanisma made some interesting observations about these  two women in positions of power and the roles they play .

Congrats to Silvia Malagrino, Insitute/3Arts Fellow, has been selected by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation as one of their 2010 Fellows. Malagrino is as an international award-winning artist, and native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is Professor in Photography at The School of Art and Design of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

04.04.10: Domingo Newsbytes

Happy Sunday! We are thrilled to have Sandra Posadas be our feature for this month’s Proyecto Latina Reading Series! We are also putting a twist on the chisme box for poetry month. Join us on Monday, April 19th, 7 p.m. @ Cedahalia’s Café. Read more…

Did you check out the Selena Tribute I posted this past week? It was great to have others chime in via the comments section.

Here are the Sunday Newsbytes:

Golf anyone? Did you know that a Latina is the No. 1 woman golfer in the world? Meet Lorena Ochoa and her plans to unveil the Lorena Ochoa Golf Academy at Goose Creek Golf Course in Mira Loma.

Ojo! Its tax time and there have been cases in the news of identity theft by tax preparers. Here are some tips on taxes that you may find useful.

GET COUNTED! Remember to fill out and send back your census form. Let’s make sure we get the resources our community needs. What’s the big deal about sending back the form some of you may ask? At the end of the day it’s about money and our communities having access to that money. We need to make sure the government allocates that money to our communities. Ultimately it improves the quality of life for our communities by having more schools, firehouses, clinics and other community services.

Top 10 Things Latinas Can Do to Ensure Sexual Health. How knowledgable are you about your body and sexual health? It’s a state of physical, emotional and mental well-being in relation to your sexuality.

Have you seen an article about a Latina or an issue that impacts the Latina community? Let us know send us the links at info@proyectolatina.org.

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Josie Dykas, feature for Proyecto Latina, March 2010 drums as she concludes her presentation.

Happy Spring Time! It’s Sunday and we want to send good vibes to our friends, including Proyecto Latina photographer Thelma Uranga, who is marching in Washington D.C. for immigration reform.  Thelma is traveling with her camera and will be documenting the march.  Look for that and new interviews we have scheduled in the following days and weeks–that we hope will inspire and empower you to create your own opportunities.

Here are the Domingo Newsbytes for this week:

I’m hoping  La Llorona play comes to Chicago soon!  Playwright Kathleen Anderson Culebro was inspired to write La Llorona, after an attempt by Taco Bell to open a series of fast-food restaurants in Mexico City in 1992. The play is currently being staged by Amphibian Productions

AZUCAR! Over the weekend, Celia the musical opened up at the Athenaeum Theatre for a limited run. The late queen of salsa, still reigns with songs like La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Burundanga and, of course, Bemba Colora, If you missed the show, no worries because sources close to the show say that at some point it will make its way back to Chicago for a second run.

The Latino Writers Collective of Kansas City is on the move! Their Cuarta Página Reading Series hosted writers Fred Arroyo and Demetria Martínez. Check out a write up by guest blogger and friend of Proyecto Latina,  Xánath Caraza did for La Bloga.

Do you find yourself con los ojos pelados at night worrying instead of getting some sleep? Well if you are sleepless in Chicago you’re not alone. Many Latinos are not getting enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation released their annual Sleep in America poll. This time with the twist of gathering data comparing whites, blacks, Asians and Hispanics.

This week we spotted an article in Extra Newspaper on Arte y Vida a Hispanic arts and cultural calendar of listings of events for Chicago’s Hispanic community that includes: artist galleries, links to and music reviews.

Did you know that there are millions of federal dollars going to green construction and women may be missing out? Currently, 97 percent of those construction jobs in Illinois are held by men. CBS 2′s Roseanne Tellez reports there is a new push to get women thinking green that includes insights from local architect Alicia Ponce and the group Chicago Women in Trades.

A final question: Do you find the Domingo Newsbytes helpful? Tell us about it, we’d love to know if this regular segment is useful to you on the comings and goings of Latinas in the news. Remember if you have story ideas or links that you see in the news of Latinas in the arts and beyond let us know at info@proyectolatina.org.

Domingo Newsbytes

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Happy Sunday!  Remember we are featuring Josie Dykas at the next Proyecto Latina on Monday, March 15th @ 7pm, held @ Cedaliah’s Café.  In the next week look for a new interview with Poet Linda Rodriguez author of Heart’s Migration and a creative audio piece from our archives that Silvia Rivera shared during her Proyecto Latina feature in March of 2007we also want to congratulate Silvia on her new post as the as Managing Director of VOCALO.

And now to our Domingo Newsbytes:

Belen Gonzalez has brought together 20 women to contribute at least $1,000 each to create a funding pool that will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to the Arizona Community Foundation, to create a grant fund of at least $50,000 to support nonprofits serving our community.

It’s Oscar night! While we see very few Latin@’s at the event or on the big screen during the year, Chicago plays a big role in the production of the Oscar Award. Find out who and how the Oscars are made in this article written by Gisella Orozco.

A new study published in February 2010, AIDS in America — Forgotten but Not Gone, found that the prevalence of AIDS in some of these U.S. communities is actually worse than can be found in Africa.  Hispanic and Black women, whose increased risk of HIV acquisition is attributable in greater part to their vulnerable social and economic situations and their sexual networks than to their own risky behaviors.

Study reveals some Latina mothers unwittingly chart an obese future for their children. Even before researchers conducted their study on childhood obesity differences among white, black and Latino children, they hypothesized that black and Latino children would have higher rates of obesity-related risk factors in their early years.

Parents cringe as more Latino students go away to college. When Esther Cepeda goes to speak to students who are likely to become the first ones in their families to go to college she gives them a lot of valuable advice on going to the college. One of the things she likes to tell the students, “Go away,” to school. “That’s the part that makes parents cringe: the unparalleled fun of breaking away from all you know and becoming an independent adult for the first time ever”.

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