Category Archives: culture

Soy Felicita / I am Felicita

Name: Felicita Pineda Artist name: Felicita I was born in Palms Springs, California to Guatemalan parents. At the time, I lived with my 3 older brothers and both parents. At the age of 2, my parents moved to Atlanta, GA because of new job opportunities due to the Olympics. At that time, my younger brother was born. When I turned

Read more

3 Groups of young Latinas Form Coalition to Strengthen their Communities

(This post originally appeared at “Georgian Educator” a blog by Rebekah Morris, Teacher at Cross Keys High School and community advocate.  You can see the original blog post here.) Exciting things happen when you combine the intellectual power of fifteen teenage girls. Last weekend, students from Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, and Cross Keys High School joined forces at

Read more

DACAmented in Georgia

In 2012, an important documentary under the name of “Illegal” was part of the official selection for the LA Shorts Fest featuring interviews with undocumented young immigrants, faith, civil and political leaders. At the time of the screening, President Obama had announced the DACA program and while it was relevant at the time, the documentary found the spotlight (again) a

Read more

Women’s History Month. Latinas in Georgia

Women’s History Month originated in 1981 with a law passed by Congress establishing “Women’s History Week.” Then in 1987, the week was expanded to an entire month to celebrate and honor women’s contributions in the US; expanding on March 8th to encompass the celebration of International Women’s Day. It is no secret that women and especially Latinas are very much invisible

Read more

Call Out Yourself and Paddle like Hell. We need you.

It is an new reality we are living in these days. We have gone from discussing  the potential expansion of Medicaid to better serve Georgians and the inspiring and positive conversation of meeting the first (ever) Latina, openly gay and Muslim candidates for office in the state, to answering calls from fearful parents wondering if sending their kids to school is

Read more

Supporting Hispanic / Latinx Families During the Holidays

  If you are inclined to do something for others this Holiday Season, here are some ideas that we believe will directly assist Hispanic/Latino families and businesses in Georgia: a) Pick the Tab For Struggling Families Many schools will have families that are enrolled in the reduced lunch program.  Many of those families can not even afford to pay the

Read more

Outside of the Shadows. A new blog by Raymond Partolan

“11 million–the undocumented–come to this country in the search of a better life for them and for their families. They are some of this country’s hardest workers; yet, are the ones who have the least access to government assistance, contrary to popular belief. You won’t read these stories in the mainstream news. All over, we see the headlines and hear

Read more

There are no walls in a classroom, we all need to learn

Scared, sad, disappointed, heart-broken, shocked are some ways that the majority of people I know feel after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. The people I know are mostly college educated, progressive thinkers; about half are atheist or agnostic and a large number are a part of a minority group. That is

Read more

Where is Laura now?

Many of you may remember Laura Diaz-Villaquiran, a young woman from Colombia that arrived to Georgia as a refugee a few years ago.  Laura came with her family, a mother, a father and a young brother. Laura has already lived what most of us will never experience: War, the lost of loved ones, depression, being forced to move to a

Read more

Buford Highway is My Home and it is Dissapearing

On July 2012, City of Brookhaven was incorporated.   The city was born to keep tax dollars local, “providing services that are truly focused on the needs of our community, and operating efficiently with full transparency” as it is stated in one of the websites advocating for the city incorporation. Many people feared what this new city would mean for

Read more

Profile of Estrella Sanchez from Mexico

(This originally appeared at a social media post from Atlanta Pride. We are re-posting in an effort to highlight local leaders and community activists during Hispanic Heritage Month) Estrella Sanchez, a Trans Latina, was born an activist in Veracruz , Mexico. She challenged the norms of her family, community, church, and ultimately her country. She fled to the US to

Read more

On Hispanic Heritage Month & Contributions of Latino-Americans

Unlike 5 de Mayo, Hispanic Heritage Month has a history based in traditions. During that month (Sept.15-Oct.15) , many Latin American countries celebrate their independence and if you know where to go in the Georgia, you will be able to find celebrations, festivals and events pretty much every day in the week during that period of time. With this election

Read more

Updated! Hispanic Heritage Events in Georgia 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th across the country.  Friendly reminder that Latin America is divided in several regions:  Mexico in North America, Central America, The Caribbean and South America. We come from over 20 countries!! So, how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Georgia? Here are some ideas: Read about the Mexican Cession to better

Read more

We Are Writing America’s Story

This fall, attorney Brenda Lopez will become the first ever Latina in the Georgia state legislature. Brenda won her Democratic primary in House District 99, a district in Gwinnett predominantly diverse on a platform that stressed community conversations, community development, public education and transportation needs. Brenda won not only because her campaign was led by an incredible group of grass-roots

Read more

Alabanza a Doña Lucy, Señor

Written by Anthony Rodriguez, Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Aurora Theater. 20 years ago today my world fell apart. On this day in 1996 my beloved Mami, Lucy, passed away. She and my father left Cuba in 1960 with nothing and built a life and raised a family here in the United States. To say I was her favorite

Read more
« Older Entries