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  • Latino Children's Summer Reading Program

    La Bloga
    Rene Colato Lainez
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    From Monica Olivera,On Monday, June 1st, Latinas for Latino Lit will launch our third annual Latino Children's Summer Reading Program. This year's program is huge with a new, bilingual family-friendly website and two fully digitized programs: Our basic Summer Reading Program for children up to 18 years old, and our Summer Reading CAMP for children 6 - 12 years old. The basic program is for kids up to 18, as well as parents with newborns and children up to 4 years old. All are challenged to read 8 books over the summer, and it comes…
  • Plots against AMLO?

    The Mex Files
    richmx2
    19 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    When in Mexico we speak of “mafias” we are not referring to gangsters so much as “special interest groups”, generally with an economic interest … say, taxi owners, or the inner circle of business groups, or political factions.  AMLO famously uses the phrase “mafias del poder” to refer to his opponents — the entrenched establishment leadership, the “one-percenters” of Mexico. Yet… if we are to take remarks passed on by Televisa evening news presenter and journalist, Joaquin López-Doriga, perhaps the Mexican “mafias”…
  • One-month hiatus

    Chicana on the Edge
    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    For May 2015, I'm on a one-month hiatus from my blog, but I'll be back in June 2015. (I'm one of those people who keeps her promises.)
  • Summer 2015

    Elenamary
    elenamary
    24 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    I still need more stuff for early July, late August and all of September, please make suggestions. Here is how the summer is panning out: June 14th  Naperville, Illinois Sprint Tri  (doing this with one with Sandra and Poor Little Tumbleweed Adriana) June 21st  Columbus, OH Tri Tech Columbus  (I am on a relay team for work and am only doing the swim) July 10th-12th Ruido Fest in Chicago (I won’t be buying my ticket until June so if anyone knows how I can get it any cheaper pleeeeease let me know). 25 de julio  Teques, Morelos Olympic Tri  (hopefully with my god-brother-in-law…
  • Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

    ¿Chicano y que?
    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    7 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
    By National Public Radio | May 4, 2015Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party. (AP Photo)Since Gen. Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to…
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    La Bloga

  • Latino Children's Summer Reading Program

    Rene Colato Lainez
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    From Monica Olivera,On Monday, June 1st, Latinas for Latino Lit will launch our third annual Latino Children's Summer Reading Program. This year's program is huge with a new, bilingual family-friendly website and two fully digitized programs: Our basic Summer Reading Program for children up to 18 years old, and our Summer Reading CAMP for children 6 - 12 years old. The basic program is for kids up to 18, as well as parents with newborns and children up to 4 years old. All are challenged to read 8 books over the summer, and it comes…
  • Memorial Day 2015 On-line Floricanto

    msedano
    25 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Michael SedanoNot that it mattered back in the Vietnam era, but one of those nameless men covered in mud is Michael Sedano doing U.S. Army Basic Combat Training. We all looked alike--piss pots, green fatigues, leather boots-- expendable factotums in the country's military juggernaut. At any rate, I'm the one grimacing in the center frame. It doesn't matter who's who, not then, not now. We all are, or were, soldiers. Except today's GIs to a man and woman are volunteers, Regular Army. I was drafted.Ft. Ord overlooked Monterrey Bay and in this foto, I'm probably staring across the bay toward…
  • Discussing Chicano Literature at UC Davis

    Daniel Olivas
    24 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
     By Daniel OlivasMany authors—myself included—will admit to the loneliness of the writing process itself.  This might explain why many authors park themselves and their laptops at a Starbucks or similar establishment: alone yet not alone.The other way writing seems less lonely is when authors get to discuss their books with readers at book festivals and writing conferences.  And then there’s the wonderful occasion when your book is assigned reading for a class and you are invited to the class to meet the students and field their questions.This latter opportunity happened…
  • Memorial Day Tribute to Mi Papa

    Amelia ML Montes
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    La mano de mi papa sobre la miaMi papa was born in Topeka, Kansas. He liked to tell me (and anyone else who wanted to know) that he was actually contraband from Mexico because he was conceived in Mexico, and when his parents made the journey to settle in Topeka, his mother was pregnant with him. He spent his early years in Topeka surrounded by cornfields, cactus, various crop fields. His mother cultivated a garden too.  His experiences in the fields stayed with him. Many years later, in Colorado, he taught me how to carefully take the thorns off cactus paddles, clean, and cut them into…
  • Oil Spill Disaster in Santa Barbara 2015

    Melinda Palacio
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Blog post and photosby Melinda PalacioRefugio BeachBefore I moved to Santa Barbara, before I was born, the idyllic slice of California coastline suffered an oil blowout that killed thousands of seabirds, poisoned seals, dolphins and whales, and polluted 35 miles of Santa Barbara Coastline. Over the years I heard much about the 1969 oil spill and its 3 million gallon blowout. The disaster prompted President Nixon to sign the Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. All of these laws help protect the beauty of Santa Barbara from total disaster. We were…
 
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    The Mex Files

  • Plots against AMLO?

    richmx2
    19 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    When in Mexico we speak of “mafias” we are not referring to gangsters so much as “special interest groups”, generally with an economic interest … say, taxi owners, or the inner circle of business groups, or political factions.  AMLO famously uses the phrase “mafias del poder” to refer to his opponents — the entrenched establishment leadership, the “one-percenters” of Mexico. Yet… if we are to take remarks passed on by Televisa evening news presenter and journalist, Joaquin López-Doriga, perhaps the Mexican “mafias”…
  • ¡Luz Elena Patricio García para presidenta!

    richmx2
    16 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    It’s a shame Luz Elena Patricio García isn’t of voting age.  At a talent show in Ciudad Juaréz, the junior high student showed off her flair for rhetoric before an audience  including — on stage — Governor César Duarte Jáquez.  Luz Elena launched into a spirited denunciation not just of corruption in politics generally, but of the Governor and his cabal in particular. While His “Honor” was able to applaud lines like: “These fourth-rate politicians misuse tax revenues, squander what belongs to us for their personal benefit instead of completing public works…
  • El Pie Grande

    richmx2
    8 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    In 1774, Viceroy Revillagigedo, dispatched an expedition (a side expedition to the Masaspina Expedition, the Spanish scientific expedition was collecting botanical and zoological samples throughout the Pacific) to explore the unknown regions of Alta California, fly the flag, and to check out the rumored Russian trading posts said to be operating somewhere in the far north of California.  Very far north, as it turned out. At Nooka (Alaska), the explorers ran into both Russians … which they sort of expected and a few things they didn’t.  From conversations with the local…
  • All your bases belong to us

    richmx2
    7 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    I’ll leave it to Franc Contraras (presently with CCTV-America, China) to lay out the situation So, let’s see.  The US has “given” Mexico 2.4 billion dollars to allegedly “fight drugs”.  Not mentioned, most of that 2.4 billion is already spent in the United States, not including the half billion spent buying new Humvees for the Army.  The cost of all those Blackhawk helicopers is not included. US. consumers purchase somewhere around 600 billion dollars in “drugs” every year, which I suppose makes it sensible that the US might want to…
  • What a gringo-card costs

    richmx2
    4 May 2015 | 12:12 am
    I’ve posted on this before, but being a permanent resident (and on my way to just getting naturalized), I don’t pay much attention to the costs of temporary residency.  From a post on Mexconnect, I got this: …my total fees for the 3year RT [three year temporary residency… which can then be turned over into a permanent resident certificate] were MXN $7154.00. This price included $1,000 pesos for my lawyer, and $6154.00 for the Mexican Government including the fee for change of address. In today’s USD that would be about 476.00… The price for APPLYING for a…
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    Chicana on the Edge

  • One-month hiatus

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    For May 2015, I'm on a one-month hiatus from my blog, but I'll be back in June 2015. (I'm one of those people who keeps her promises.)
  • Fed Up: sugar is the new cigarette

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Released last May 2014Katie Couric produced and narrates the documentary Fed Up, which might seem like just another film about the effects of the standard American diet on our health, but this one has a very specific and heartbreaking focus: the effects of sugar on children. By the end of the movie, the parallels between the tobacco industry and the food industry are clear: as we mobilized to vilify tobacco for the sake of future generations, it's time to mobilize against the free reign the food industries have enjoyed. Without exaggeration, I can say that sugar is killing us and has been for…
  • Need a tutor?

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    I'm building my tutoring clientele. I'm currently accepting adult, college or high school students who want help with writing, literature, or English as a foreign language. I'm a former English college instructor with TESOL certification and I know my stuff. If it has to do with English, I'm your expert. We can work in person (Chicago area only) or by Skype. Please write me at reginarm24@gmail.com for more information and mention that you're responding to my blog. And feel free to spread the word. Thanks!
  • The selfishness of having children

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Pope Francis has made it clear that he believes couples who choose not to have children are selfish. A recently published book gives insight into why choosing not to have children isn't selfish. Today I'm blogging about neither. I say let's look at the reasons people decide to have children. If we're looking for selfishness, we'll find it there, too.Please note that I'm not saying people who want kids are more selfish than those of us who don't. I'm also limiting this discussion to the reasons people want to have kids before they actually have them. I realize that raising children requires…
  • Hooray for fat yoga!

    Regina Rodríguez-Martin
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    When I put on 50 pounds (23 kilos) between the fall of 2012 and the summer of 2013, I didn't know if that weight was here to stay or not, but now it's starting to come off. It's probably similar to a woman who puts on 50 pounds while pregnant, and then finally starts to lose them. It's a relief, but it also just feels like going back to the way things are supposed to be. When you don't carry the extra weight for long, weight loss can just feel like returning to normal. Below is a photo of me taken last week. For a photo of me taken in August 2013, go here.13 April 2015I didn't spend a lot of…
 
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  • Summer 2015

    elenamary
    24 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    I still need more stuff for early July, late August and all of September, please make suggestions. Here is how the summer is panning out: June 14th  Naperville, Illinois Sprint Tri  (doing this with one with Sandra and Poor Little Tumbleweed Adriana) June 21st  Columbus, OH Tri Tech Columbus  (I am on a relay team for work and am only doing the swim) July 10th-12th Ruido Fest in Chicago (I won’t be buying my ticket until June so if anyone knows how I can get it any cheaper pleeeeease let me know). 25 de julio  Teques, Morelos Olympic Tri  (hopefully with my god-brother-in-law…
  • crazy eyes

    elenamary
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    A few months ago I was walking my lovely puppy (yes, puppy, he is 8 months old now). When I ran into a neighbor with his puppy of about the same age. The pups played as pups do, and as they did the man began to ask intrusive questions/hit on me and when he asked me “Why is a pretty woman like you single?”  I looked at him straight on and made my eyes as big and weird as possible and I said “Because I am CRAZY.  Motherfucking crazy.” Then I left with my puppy. Today in the mail I got a sex offender notification for said neighbor.  According to public records he…
  • competitions

    elenamary
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    It has been awhile since I posted and this is mostly so I can keep slight track of what I’ve been doing (I was much better about blogging and keeping a nice spreadsheet of my meets/times before—I’ll need to get back on that for 2015). OSU 4 miler OSU 4 Miler  Sept. 21 2014:    Lordy, this race was difficult.  Not because of the distance or weather but because I did it with one of my students.  She was not used to running and it became more of a Fartlek training where she would sprint as hard as she could for about 20 seconds then come to a dead stop, wait until she…
  • strong women

    elenamary
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I went on two dates with two different men this week, and the best part was after the second date I got to home to a bag of trail mix and to the documentary Strong! (I’ll include it below and hope you’ll watch). I am on the far right. These are a couple of the lovely strong ladies I train with Date #1 let me know that he was more attracted to petite women, and women whiter than me. Date #2 explained that he didn’t like women with lots of muscles.  It is just “too much muscles for a woman”.  He used my gym girlfriends as examples of unattractive. I came home…
  • always lube

    elenamary
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    they looked worse a few days ago ;-) Always lube. More importantly for me, always lube the boobs. I need to remember that. A couple weeks ago I did a sprint triathlon and chaffed a tad in the boobs and thought “man, I should’ve lubed”. This past Sunday I did an olympic distance triathlon (a longer distance), I didn’t lube.  I remember thinking, “meh, it will be okay”. It wasn’t okay I chafed the hell out of my boobs this time. When I saw my doctor Monday, she asked during the breast exam if my partner had done that to me or if I’d done it to…
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  • Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    7 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
    By National Public Radio | May 4, 2015Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party. (AP Photo)Since Gen. Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to…
  • Roberto Rodriguez, PhD – Write in Candidacy for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Chair-elect 2015

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    It’s not that I am declaring my write-in candidacy, but rather, this is at least the second time I’ve been nominated, but have been deemed to be ineligible by the NACCS board and its leadership. As a result, I have chosen to contest those rulings via the only recourse available: a write-in candidacy for Chair-elect for 2015. The following reasons are why I accepted the nomination from Josie Mendez-Negrete, past NACCS chair and professor at UTSA.I have been committed to Raza Studies virtually since its beginnings. I was a member of MEChA since high school (1969-1972) and a member of…
  • Another Documentary Photography Exhibition

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Just finished installing a photography exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library. The 31 black and white photos will be up until April 30, 2015. You are invited to a reception the evening of April 14. I look forward to seeing you.Click photo to enlargeA very short video
  • Banal or Brilliant: Photographing Wichita Falls and Surrounding Communities

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Jesús Manuel Mena GarzaLike my tastes in food and fashion, I prefer tried and true formulas. A simple meal and a basic pair of jeans works for me. When I look through my camera lens I want to capture the glorious details of the everyday. The simple is more elegant and less fussy than the pretentious.Since I shoot a lot of everyday scenes I ask myself, at what point does the banal become esoteric or artistic? When I see my final edited photograph I posit,  did I produce a glorified snapshot or something more valuable?So at what point does a simple photograph transform into fine art?
  • Documenting the Legacy of César Estrada Chávez Exhibition

    Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
 
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    South Texas Chisme

  • Another day, another gay bashing event in the Texas Legislature

    CouldBeTrue
    26 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    republicans love to discriminate.Gays and same-sex couples could be turned away from adopting children or serving as foster parents under an amendment filed by a social conservative House member and expected to be heard Tuesday.The measure also would allow child welfare providers to deny teenagers in foster care access to contraception or an abortion under a wide umbrella of religious protections for the state contractor.WTF? Deny contraception to teenagers? Texas republicans want us to go back to women as property, barefoot, pregnant and bringing her owner a beer.
  • Double speak propaganda about taking your access to the courts away

    CouldBeTrue
    26 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    When lawmakers talk about keeping services 'affordable', they mean that they are giving power to corporations at your expense. So, have cheap insurance, but you can never collect. Even if you are eligible to collect, because Texas republicans allow corporations to violate their agreements at will with no consequences. That way, insurance can be very 'affordable' when you don't need it.  Devastating, when you do.This year, the cloudy storms sweeping across our state and those in the Capitol are more closely related than usual. As destructive spring hail pummels Texas from Amarillo to Port…
  • Stay dry and read a good TPA blog post

    CouldBeTrue
    26 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    The Texas Progressive Alliance welcomes the unofficial beginning of summer as it brings you this week's roundup.Off the Kuff takes a look behind the scenes at the deal struck between Houston's Metro and US Rep. John Culberson.Lightseeker at Texas Kaos injects a little Colbert humor into his piece about craven Texas politicians that run away from crucial issues that will impact our future whether we like it or not. Knowing how the Titanic Passengers felt...Socratic Gadfly discusses how Pew Research's latest religious survey is another reason Democrats shouldn't make demographic assumptions…
  • Here's a headline you don't want to see

    CouldBeTrue
    22 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    'Records issue with Nueces County civil trials since 2010'Nueces (nyoo-AY'-sis) County leaders are looking at computer and staff issues after no records from civil trials were submitted to a required state office since 2010.
  • Henry Cuellar votes to cut public money for inconvenient science research

    CouldBeTrue
    21 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    And, by inconvenient, I mean truth to power. Shame on Henry Cuellar.
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Latin America outpaces the rest of the world in Twitter growth

    Latina Lista
    26 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latin America outpaces the rest of the world in Twitter growth by Latina Lista LatinaLista — While Wall Street continues to fret over the profitability of Twitter, a new study finds that the social media service is growing non-stop south of the border. According to eMarketer, Twitter's growth in Latin America in 2015 will outpace growth in the rest of the world. Argentina and Mexico are projected to register the largest increases in Twitter usage, 18% and 17.9%…
  • Yondster — a platform by Latinos, for Latino youth job opportunities

    Latina Lista
    26 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Yondster — a platform by Latinos, for Latino youth job opportunities by Latina Lista By Sara Inés Calderón Más Wired We had a chance to catch up with the CFO of Yondster, Joe S. Garcia recently and asked him a few questions. Yondster is: an employment tech website with a splash of social networking. What makes us special and unique is that we specifically focus on those that are between the ages of 14-24. We have created a social space that provides an…
  • Guest Voz: Sexual assault hits Latina survivors hard without culturally relevant support

    Latina Lista
    26 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Sexual assault hits Latina survivors hard without culturally relevant support by Latina Lista By Cecilia Knadler LatinaLista I came to the United States from Peru when I was 17 years old. I was undocumented and didn’t speak a word of English. Talking about sex is very taboo where I come from, and “consent” wasn’t something I even had in my vocabulary growing up. In fact, it wasn’t until my women’s studies course at Fresno State that I learned…
  • EMERGENCY Crowdfunder: Mother faces deportation after filling out wrong forms

    Latina Lista
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. EMERGENCY Crowdfunder: Mother faces deportation after filling out wrong forms by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Mom filled out the wrong form: Facing deportation Connie Fitzpatrick's family came to the US in 2001 legally. Her mom is a U.S. Permanent Resident. Her sisters and her are U.S. Citizens. They are active members of our communities and respect the rule of law. Education has always been a priority in Connie's home. Despite raising three daughters as…
  • Borinqueneers help promote legacy of ‘Toughest Chicano Soldiers’ of WWII

    Latina Lista
    26 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Borinqueneers help promote legacy of ‘Toughest Chicano Soldiers’ of WWII by Latina Lista By Bill Sarno CTLatinoNews.com On Memorial Day, the remembrance of those who died while serving in this nation’s armed forces includes honoring the sacrifices made by Hispanics as members of segregated units. One of these units, Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Borinqueneers, have been recognized nationally and in Connecticut for its heroics in Korea more than 60 years ago.
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  • As role models go, this is not positive...

    reenee
    26 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Am I being mean? Am I being uncharitable? More than likely, but I don't care, it's still the truth.I'm certain that Tess Holliday (Ryann Hoven) is extremely proud to have landed contract with a modeling agency as well as the cover of People Magazine. She should be since up to now it's been unheard of for a size 22 woman to be signed to a modeling contract. Since the, she's been living a glamorous life.Supporting her son, age 9, whom she had at age 20 with an ex-boyfriend, was one of the big reasons Tess got motivated to follow her childhood dream of modeling despite her atypical profile for…
  • Link Dump

    LeeSee
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here is our weekly link dump.Things we would love to blog about, don't have the time or sometimes inclination but are well worth thinking about.We have been blogging on the issues of white privilege ever since we heard the term white privilege.This may irritate some readers, however since this is our blog and these are our concerns we will continue to examine this phenomenon that some people do not recognize.I for one am thrilled WP has become a talking point in today's American culture.While it is still rejected as a thing by those it worries or frightens, it is definitely out there for all…
  • Mother's Day

    reenee
    26 May 2015 | 7:30 am
  • Mother's day

    LeeSee
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This particular blog post thinks it's sometimes more important to be a parent than to work.I completely concur.I was a hands on parent with either an infant, a toddler, a middle schooler or a teenager from 1976 until 2005.As you can imagine that's a hell of a long time.So I learned a thing or two about parenting.Let me just say work is important. There are many perks, not the least of which is a regular paycheck.Yet nothing was more important than family, taking a career hit and realizing my big fat career literally flew out the window with the birth of my second child:yeah, it sprouted…
  • So then, the Catholic Church hasn't brainwashed everyone. Good to hear.

    reenee
    25 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    I guess the Catholic Church in Ireland isn't the big deal it thought it was. Apparently, all of their preaching was, in a word, ignored. Now, they're wondering what happened after an overwhelming vote in favor of gay marriage.As jubilant "Yes" supporters nursed their hangovers after partying late into the night following Saturday's referendum result, the faithful attended mass to hear their priests reflect on the new social landscape in Ireland.Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said, "The Church has to find a new language which will be understood and heard by people. We have to see how is…
 
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Join me for #STEMchat with SciGirls on May 21!

    19 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    As long-time readers know, my paying job is to support women who are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). I often get asked what the magic key or silver bullet is for getting more girls into STEM. While the actual answer is complex and nuanced, when I am talking with parents it usually ends up being, "Let them break things & get dirty." This is why I am excited to invite you to join me for #STEMchat with SciGirls on May 21st about citizen science. I love the tagline, "Do Try This at Home," because that is such a key to the puzzle! Do science at home. Demystify…
  • Forecasting women’s leadership with Ford’s Chief Futurist

    11 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    One of the best outcomes from Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” is that the issue of women in leadership has taken center stage in the public conversation. Concepts such as the glass ceiling, the wage gap and gender bias in the workplace have a renewed sense of purpose. What also has renewed activity is the debate over having it all and work/life balance. I got the opportunity to speak to Sheryl Connelly, Futurist for Ford Motor Company. Yes, I got to speak to a woman who is high up on the leadership ladder whose job it is to spirit the future. First thing's first, what is a futurist?
  • Some Mother's Day Writing For You

    10 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    I made it into the NYTimes, folks! I wrote an op-ed about how the perfect gift for Mother's Day is a selfie. It stems from the fact that I do not have a lot of photos with my mom. Please check it out and share widely.I also wrote a Mother's Day piece for LatinaMom.me about learning to love Mother's Day again:It has been 12 years since I've had a mom. It has also been 12 years since I became a mom. The cognitive dissonance can be overwhelming and becomes unbearable as we build up to Mother's Day. My mom died at the start of my third trimester, as I was pregnant with her much-requested first…
  • Last Minute Gifts for Mother's Day

    6 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Are you looking for last minute gifts for Mother's Day? Well I'm last minute blogging about it! CARDS: Don't send the mother figure in your life a cheesy card from the drug store. No way! Send the radical woman in your life a radical Mamas Day card. I particularly love this one because my university's graduation falls often falls on Mother's Day as it does this year. These cards are awesome because you can send it to her via email, but the images are beautiful enough to print out and hand make a card. GIFTS: You can refer to previous gift guides to get some ideas, but since this is last…
  • Review: Hillary Clinton Coloring Book

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    In what will be just the start of Hillary products I get pitched comes a fun peek at the girl who would be President. Hillary: The Coloring Book gives you over 60 pages of coloring including a page dedicated to when she was dancing up a storm in South Africa. Since coloring books for adults are all the rage, why not grab one where you get to color in a zillion pant suits? My favorite pages are of hippie Hillary. And thanks to the publisher, I can offer you a head start on creating your own Hillary campaign poster. Just download the PDF file and grab your crayons. Support Viva la Feminista by…
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  • Listen to podcast with Alejandro Monteverde, director, Little Boy, about his film

    Elena del Valle
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Alejandro Monteverde, director, Little BoyPhoto: Metanoia FilmsA podcast interview with Alejandro Monteverde, director, Little Boy, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses his film Little Boy (see With video New film about believing in the impossible) with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.Alejandro is a Mexican writer whose first feature, Bella, won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, and brought him the American by Choice Award for its positive contribution to…
  • Both Sides of the Equation: Insight on What’s Good for the Story

    Elena del Valle
    13 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    By Edward M. Bury, APRCoordinator of Public InformationUrban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at ChicagoEdward M. Bury, APR, coordinator, Public Information, Urban Transportation Center University of Illinois at ChicagoPhoto: Edward M. BuryProfessionals who work in the public relations industry and members of the news media share this in common: Both sides want to tell a story, and both sides want to deliver fresh, compelling and accurate information.In late April, I had the privilege to get a first-hand perspective on how public relations professionals and journalists can…
  • With video New film about believing in the impossible

    Elena del Valle
    6 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Jakob Salvati plays Pepper Flynt Busbee in Little BoyVideo and photos: Metanoia FilmsIn a town of bullies and bully enablers, prejudice and fear, an eight year old boy, who is small for his age, suffers when his father, his best friend, heads off to war. The young boy's unshakable faith in the return of his father against all odds is at the heart of Little Boy, a lovingly made 106-minute movie set in a Rockwellian United States town during World War II. Little Boy was shot entirely in Mexico and the post production work was done in Los Angeles. It took five years to produce and was completed…
  • The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook released

    Elena del Valle
    1 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Photo: BenBella Books, Inc. Do you prefer to eat vegetarian foods? Did you read The China Study (see Health, nutrition experts examine comprehensive China nutrition study) and Whole (Nutrition expert, educator discuss whole food plant based diet advantages) which outline the healthful advantages of plant based and whole diets? Do you have limited time to cook? If so, The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook: Cook Once, Eat All Week with Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes (BenBella Books, $19.95) by Del Sroufe may appeal to you.The 253-page trade paperback book, edited by Leanne Campbell, PhD…
  • Organizations disclose results of survey on domestic violence and sexual assault among Latinos

    Elena del Valle
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Click to enlarge Image: No More According to No More 12.7 million people are physically abused, raped or stalked in one year. Believing there is a strong and compelling need to better understand how these issues impact Latinos, and that Casa de Esperanza is the leading Latino organization in the country dealing with the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, No More and Casa de Esperanza National Latino Network approached the Avon Foundation for Women to fund a survey on the subject. Although they declined to disclose the cost, they believe it is the largest and most comprehensive…
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