06.06.10 Domingo Newsbytes

06.06.10 Domingo Newsbytes

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.

03.28.10: Domingo Newsbytes

03.28.10: Domingo Newsbytes

Proyecto Latina is getting ready for April and poetry month.  This year’s challenge for our 3rd Monday reading series: write your chisme in haiku format.  What else are we doing?  This week we posted Diana Pando’s interview with choreographer Michelle Manzanales who is unveiling Paloma Querida based on the life of Frida Kahlo.  Listen to their phone conversation here.

Undocumented and Unafraid
Last weekend thousands took buses to Washington DC advocating for immigration reform you can see an audio slideshow on Vocalo that features members of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, amongst them “Ernestina”  a UIC student that is contemplating making her status public at school.  Latino USA’s coverage on the march can be heard here.

This week Sun-Times columnist Esther Cepeda, also a former teacher makes a case on why it is so important to  Teach kids to love learning–and make them life-long learners.  A skill that may also help us adapt a different kind of lesson: eating healthier. I love catching episodes of Daisy Cooks on television, and if we are going to cook healthy Chef Daisy Martinez says, you have to cook with fresh ingredients and, “We have to get back to the food of our mothers and our grandmothers.” Martinez shared the following at a recent workshop for Moms.

Where is the Chicago love?
Latinas at Lilith Fair? Terra.com says so, from Jenni Rivera to Ximena Sariñana. Its true and I got excited, and immediately started making a mental list of the group of friends I would round up for an outing, but upon closer inspection of the Lilith website I was disappointed that no Latinas are included in the Chicago lineup.  Maybe next time.

Role models that are taking care of business
In sixth grade my teacher pulled me out of the classroom to personally introduce me to Theresa Gutierrez who was was at my elementary school doing a story.  She was my first Latina role model in journalism and some twenty years later she is still on Chicago TV and now does The Ñ Beat on Channel 7.  This week it features Alicia Gonzalez a Pilsen native who is now implementing running programs all over the city as executive director of Chicago Run, and Nancy Andrade a lawyer and founder of Mexi-Feast Tamales which are now also featured at Whole Foods Stores.  See the segment below.

Domingo Newsbytes

Domingo Newsbytes

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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