‘Now is the time to be loud’ Somos Nosotros forum joins community leaders at Saginaw’s La Union Civica
SAGINAW, MI -- Larry Rodarte is tired of the Latino community being silent on issues. Rodarte, director of Saginaw’s La Union Civica and publisher of Mi Gente Magazine, says that needs to change with a renewed focus on mental health and community awareness. “I haven’t seen this kind of local outcry since Oxford, and before that parkland and that was four years ago,” Rodarte said. Rodarte called it shame that more people aren’t involved to make a change after what happened in Oxford, six months ago. “The images we’ve seen in a Tex-Mex community, with relations not unsimilar to ours here in Saginaw, really hit home,” Rodarte said.mlive.com
Flint schools to host COVID-19 spending forum for Latino community
FLINT, MI -- Flint Community Schools is hosting a Future Focused community forum to hear from the Latino community next week. A community forum to gather input on the use of COVID-19 funds will take place from 5-7p.m. Asa Zuccaro, executive director of the Latinx Technology and Community Center, said he is glad that the Latino community is being included on the conversation. “I am really appreciative that Flint Community Schools finds it important to engage with the communities that we serve,” he told MLive-The Flint Journal. A Zoom link to the meeting is available on the Flint schools website.mlive.com
More Latino men are dying by suicide, even as the national rate declines
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (English) or 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish). Notably, suicides among Latino men increased nearly 6%. “(Latino men) weren’t getting much help to begin with,” said Fredrick Sandoval, executive director of the New Mexico-based National Latino Behavioral Health Association. On top of that, Latino men (and women) lost jobs at disproportionately high rates after COVID-19 arrived. While the men didn’t want to speak for others, he said he understood how the economic upheaval associated with the pandemic could have driven some Latino men to take their lives.mlive.com
2022 might be the year the Latino storyline in Hollywood is rewritten
For those following a decades-long quest for greater opportunities in Hollywood, these are signs that 2022 could be the year the Latino storyline is finally rewritten. “Encanto,” from Disney, nominated for Best Animated Feature. Fellow Spaniards Alberto Iglesias (Best Original Score for “Parallel Mothers”) and director Alberto Mielgo (Best Animated Short Film, “The Windshield Wiper”) also won nominations. The future looks bright for Latinos in Hollywood, Gibson added. Two of Pagán’s recent articles for palabra have been nominated for the 14th-annual Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.mlive.com
Cicero town president calls Fauci an ‘idiot’ and ‘probably a communist’ over ‘back-and-forth’ COVID advice, but says he supports masks and vaccinations
Larry Dominick commented in response to a staff report that some Cicero residents were confused by mixed messages regarding COVID-19.chicagotribune.com
Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks Announcing Lawsuit Against the State of Texas to Challenge Statewide Redistricting Plan
Today, we are filing suit against the State of Texas based on our determination that Texas’ 2021 Redistricting Plans violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, our investigation determined that Texas’ redistricting plans will dilute the increased minority voting strength that should have developed from these significant demographic shifts. These redistricting plans will diminish the opportunities for Latino and Black voters in Texas to elect their preferred representatives. The complaint also asks the court to establish interim plans pending a lawful state redistricting. The Justice Department stands ready to protect the constitutionally guaranteed voting rights of Americans in Texas and indeed throughout the country.justice.gov
This book shares a personal story of being Latinx
On this last day of National Heritage Month, we were joined by a Detroit author who is educating children about Latin culture and showing them that everyone who is Hispanic or Latinx does not necessarily look the same. She has written the book, “Latina Looks Like Me,” a personal story of her own upbringing.
In likely California recall, energizing Latino voters is key
Latino voters who have been hard hit by the pandemic could be a key group of voters in Newsom's potential recall election. “If they're successful in doing that then certainly the Latino vote could be persuaded to vote for the recall," Alvarado said. “Latino voters are incredibly important to our campaign, to Kevin personally, and to our pathway to victory,” he said. He said the campaign is partnering with community-based organizations that understand the diversity within California’s Latino communities and deploying surrogates to speak around the state. For both sides, the key will be to connect their outreach to Latino voters’ individual experiences, she said.
Roberto Clemente: More than Latin America’s baseball star
Roberto Clemente was the first Latino to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The legacy of Roberto Clemente is still treasured today, proven nearly 50 years after his death. In fact, the Orange County School Board unanimously voted to rename the facility Roberto Clemente Middle on Sept. 21, coincidentally during Hispanic Heritage Month. Becoming baseball’s most prominent Afro-LatinoRoberto Clemente started his Major League Baseball career with the Pittsburg Pirates. The son of a sugarcane worker, Clemente began his professional baseball career just after finishing high school.
AP VoteCast: Trump makes inroads with Latinos in key states
But it also showed that candidates can't always take traditional supporters for granted, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate. Nationally, Biden earned support from roughly two-thirds of Latino voters, while Trump got the backing of about a third. But Latino voters are not a monolithic bloc, given their vastly different cultures, and many U.S.-born Latinos have few cultural ties to Latin America. AP VoteCast also found South Americans made up 3% of the electorate, and they split about evenly between the two candidates. Trump voters remain adamant that the economy is in good shape: About three-quarters call national economic conditions excellent or good.
Gifty new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays
This image shows a party game focused on Latino pop culture. the Tragos Stay Home Pack and includes such activities as showing off your best moves to Bad Bunnys Yo Perreo Sola dance and taking your best shot at duplicating Cardi Bs coronavirus howl. Half the proceeds of the set go to The Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund. Options in Spanish and English, both digital and in a box, are now widely available. (Tragos Games LLC via AP)
JPMorgan puts $30B toward fixing banking's 'systemic racism'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – JPMorgan Chase said Thursday it will extend billions in loans to Black and Latino homebuyers and small business owners in an expanded effort toward fixing what the bank calls “systemic racism” in the country’s economic system. “Systemic racism is a tragic part of America’s history,” said JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in a statement. Citigroup announced last month it is committing $1 billion toward closing “the racial wealth gap” in the United States, including $550 million toward homeownership programs for racial minorities. He noted that there’s a 30% gap between Black and white homeownership, amounting to about 4.5 million households. JPMorgan was one of 27 major New York-based companies that joined a program to recruit 100,000 workers from the city's low-income, predominately Black, Latino and Asian communities over the next 10 years.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month
Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. There are more 60 million Hispanic Americans in the United States, and the cultural, economic, and artistic contributions of Hispanic communities continue to enrich Michigan’s society, Whitmer said. “During this month I want to encourage everyone to appreciate and recognize the countless achievements and contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this great state,” Whitmer said. Hispanic Americans have acted as entrepreneurs, educators, trailblazers, activists, artists and so much more. To view the proclamation, click the link below:Special section: Hispanic Heritage Month
New California reopening rules require 'equity' measure
A man wearing a face mask walks past a mural Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in South Central Los Angeles. California's plan to safely reopen its economy will begin to require counties to bring down coronavirus infection rates in disadvantaged communities that have been harder hit by the pandemic. It allows counties to incrementally reopen businesses as they meet more rigid state standards for both numbers for two consecutive weeks. The equity measure will require that positive test rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, where rates are often much higher, do not significantly lag behind the county overall. “We think it needs to go beyond that because if you don’t have savings, you cannot stay home and not work.
New PBS film probes construction boom on Latino workers
This undated photo provided by Panda Bear Films/Latino Public Broadcasting shows Latino construction worker stands outside a Dallas construction site. (Moyo Oyelola/Panda Bear Films/Latino Public Broadcasting via AP)RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Since the Great Recession, cities like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Hobbs, New Mexico, have seen construction booms. “Building the American Dream,” a new VOCES/PBS documentary, examines the effects of this construction boom in the American Southwest on Latino workers by telling the stories of those erecting buildings in Texas. The film dives into the lives of one Mexican immigrant family in Texas after their construction worker son dies while on the job. The film, though a partnership with Latino Public Broadcasting, is scheduled to begin airing on most PBS stations on Tuesday to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.
Rivera, Estefan, Miranda to star in digital benefit show
NEW YORK Chita Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thala will headline a benefit digital concert in October to celebrate Latino culture and achievement in theater. Hear Our Voices will be held online Oct. 1 and will be hosted by Andra Burns. It's going to pay attention to the present and look to the future, said Trujillo, who said the themes will explore Latin representation, inclusion and diversity. Additional attendees include Lucie Arnaz, Melissa Barrera, Jaime Camil, Florencia Cuenca, Ral Esparza, Mandy Gonzalez, Ral Gonzalez, Ivan Hernandez, Ariana DeBose, Mauricio Martinez, Bianca Marroqun, Shereen Pimentel, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Philippa Stefani, Anglica Vale, Robin de Jesus and Ana Villafae. The concert will be broadcast on Playbill.com, Playbills YouTube Channel and on The Broadway Leagues Viva.Broadway website.
Washington has no Latino history museum
The initiative is backed by the group Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. The journey toward a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino began in 2004. Other museums in the making for minority groupsLatino people aren't the only ones trying to get a national Smithsonian museum. In this congressional session alone, there are similar bills for a Smithsonian Women's History Museum, a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture, and a National Museum of Irish American History. Of all the bills, the Women's History Museum has the most traction.