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.