Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Lurking Behind the Gospel Welcome

Written by Anton Flores-Maisonet, founder of Alterna Community and Casa Alterna in LaGrange, Georgia.  This essay was originally published on the Casa Alterna Facebook page on September 6.  Re-published with permission from Anton. Tuesday morning one of my new neighbors was ambushed by ICE officials. He is currently detained and now faces possible deportation. Cloaked in the pre-dawn darkness stealthily lurking

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Artists Soaking in Communities, Living Walls.

When Monica left Peru in 1998 to live in Florida, it was really tough and she struggled, as a teenagers and immigrant, to find her own identity and accept and understand her new home. It would not be until she was 24 when she moved to Georgia on a full scholarship to attend SCAD where started to feel like she belonged.Monica

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“In the Beginning, God Said Let, and the Rest is Just Spectacle.” The Literary Debut of Sam Zamarripa

When Sam Zamarripa co-founded the “The Essential Economy Council”, a nonprofit dedicated to provide credible, local research and data on the economic value of a segment of workers that perform low-skilled, often manual yet essential work in Georgia; many of us were pleasantly surprised and energized at having Zamarripa’s cunning mind and voice in the public space, once again. A few

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Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, Latino Owned & Managed, Has One Goal: To Create Theatre That is Inclusive of All

You wouldn’t exactly expect to find a historic theatre nestled in the heart of Marietta Square to be producing the longest running off-Broadway Latin play, would you? Well, that perception is exactly what the team at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square is working to change.  Artistic director Emil Thomas is a southern gentleman with a New York attitude. Raised

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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

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Empowering Students: 3 Unlikely Partners with a Common Passion.

(this note was written by the team at SteppingBlocks.com) Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I don’t much care where.  Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go. – Alice in Wonderland Alice, like

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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

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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

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It is time to anticipate, organize and be prepared.

(this piece was written in collaboration with Kevin Amaya) In 2014, Obama announced the DAPA program as well as the expansion of the DACA program in order to provide temporary relief to potentially 5 million undocumented youth and parents in the US (*).  In spite of these executive orders, Obama will be likely remembered by many as the “Deporter-in-Chief”.  More

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