#Trending · Latinas · Politics

Adios Frank Artiles! No politician has the right to call anyone racial slurs

Florida State Senator Frank Artiles has resigned. News sources report the Miami lawmaker wants time for “personal reflection.”

Let’s be honest, he could not get away with calling two lawmakers “Girl” “Bitch” or the N-word.

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Artiles was forced to apologize for calling two other senators racial slurs three days ago. Members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus described Artiles as a bully. Many took to social media to unleashed their own anger on Artiles.

The people won!

 

News sources:
Miami Herald:  Miami lawmaker resigns over racial slur scandal

Tampa Bay Time: Frank Artiles resigns, says he needs time for personal reflection, growth

ICE · Immigrants · Immigration

San Antonio’s RAICES needs help for immigrant mothers and children

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Photo Courtesy: RAICES

RAICES a nonprofit in San Antonio is dealing with 500 immigrant families that were left Sunday night by ICE at the center’s door. These are families who were released from private Texas prisons where they were being held.

RAICES is a refugee and immigrant center for education and legal services. Sunday night volunteers and workers had to hurry and find supplies, donations and even room for the mothers and their children. It appears ICE did not have a plan for this release. Here is what RAICES posted on Facebook Sunday night:

We need your help more than ever! Over 500 families were dropped off in San Antonio after being held in private prisons. Their disorganization led to the mothers to be released well past midnight of this past Sunday!

PLEASE HELP, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN

RAICES shared its immediate needs on Facebook. Please check out the list and do what you can to help these families.

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Photo courtesy: RAICES

1. Money! We spent over $1,700 on mattresses and bedding last night alone to accommodate everyone. You can donate here: www.raicestexas.org/pages/casa

2. In-kind donations of bottled water, medicine (most kids leaving detention are sick!), pens, diapers, and baby wipes. We also need extra cell phones for families to call their families in the United States. We have hundreds sharing 2 cell phones. In-kind donations can be dropped off at 1443 S. St. Mary’s St. in San Antonio. To have supplies be shipped order from: http://a.co/eg9Rndj

3. Spanish speaking volunteers are still needed. RAICES staff have been up past 3am the last two nights helping families. We need your support. People interested in volunteering should email volunteer@raicestexas.org

Please spread the word. And #EndFamilyDetention 

Contact information for RAICES: Call (210) 226-7722

BACKGROUND ON RAICES

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Photo Courtesy: RAICES

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) was founded and incorporated in 1986 under the name of the Refugee Aid Project. During this time, Central Americans flooded into Texas after fleeing the civil wars and social upheavals of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Several churches and religious orders answered the needs of the new arrivals by providing food, clothing, language classes, housing, medical and legal referrals. The agency provided a forum for San Antonians to meet the new arrivals and learn first hand about the situation in Central America.

Rebecca Aguilar is the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a social media networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn for Latinas with more than 8,000 members. 

 

Latinas · Politics

Dear future, please prove me wrong

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Gaby Natale, SuperLatina Host/Producer

Dear  future,

Please prove me wrong.

I write these lines on the morning after Donald Trump was elected president with the secret hope of being proved wrong in four years.

I can’t help but see a very dark time ahead for America and the planet.
I see the rise of both Islamophobia and terrorism, haunting the lives of innocent citizens across the globe.

I see police brutality against the most vulnerable people on the march, with nobody to bring the abusers to justice.

I see peaceful demonstrators being intimidated on the streets.

I see members of the media being pressured to stay silent or get kicked out of the White House briefings if they ask the wrong questions.

I see an economy that shrinks and closes its borders.

I see a middle class with shallow pockets struggling to make ends meet as the costs of health and education grow higher than ever before.

I see much more for the ones who already have more and close to nothing for the ones who have little.

I see sleepless immigrant families wondering if they will still be living together, under the same roof, by the break of dawn.

I see girls walking their campus in fear, as fraternity boys are now certain that nobody will hold them accountable if they judge their female counterparts by their looks or get “grabby”.

I see women in their workplaces feeling that the glass ceiling above their heads is slowly turning to steel.

I see gay, lesbians and transgendered people asking themselves if those vows they hopefully exchanged will mean anything to the new law of the land.

Trump did not hide who he was. He showed it for all of us -and his voters- to see.

You can’t say you were not warned.

Dear Future, please prove me wrong.
Gaby Natale

Gaby Natale is an national Emmy award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, host and executive producer of the TV program SuperLatina and president of AGANARmedia.  

Latinas · Politics

Latinas stand strong and united after 2016 election

Latina sisters do not fear our future.

Our Latino community proved during the 2016 election that we are a powerful group with a strong voice and vote. For those who did not support President-elect Donald Trump we have to accept the fact that he is now our leader. We have to give him chance to unite us.

I have heard you loud and clear on our Wise Latina Linked pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I recorded this video message to all of you right after meeting with a group of concerned Latinas. 

Let’s keep an open mind and heart and hope President-elect Trump will be a man who understands division gets us no where, united we are a stronger country.

Rebecca Aguilar is the founder of Wise Latinas Linked and an award-winning reporter.

Latina Equal Pay · Latinas

Nov. 1 Latina Equal Pay Day, fighting for our fair share

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We as Latinas continue to be cheated out of fair pay. We are still making  a lot less than white males and other non-Latinas. We work the same hours for half the pay.

THE GENDER PAY GAP FOR LATINAS
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Although we bring attention to this issue on November 1, Latina equal pay is an issue we need to continue to bring to the attention of politicians who want our votes and businesses that want us as customers.

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Look at these graphics and get informed. Remaining silent is not an option. We are not only fighting for our fair pay but also that our young Latinas who will one day enter the workforce.

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Go to the AAUW website for more information. AAUW.org

Hispanic Heritage Month

The legacy of Celia Cruz the ‘Queen of Salsa’

There has never been anyone like Celia Cruz. She was known by fans as the “Queen of Salsa.”  We honor this talented Grammy award-winning singer this Hispanic Heritage Month.

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CELIA’S MUSIC

Here is a PBS special ” A Night of Salsa” featuring Celia Cruz and many other well known performers.

Find out more about Celia Cruz:

Celia Cruz Foundation

Biography: Celia Cruz

Latinas · Politics · Presidential Debate

Latina says Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” brings back bad memories of her assault

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Monica Garcia Saenz

No matter how much Donald Trump calls his p-word, f-word, and b-word laced conversation “locker room talk”, it has made many American’s cringe. Women around the world are sharing their horrible experiences on Twitter under the hashtag #NotOkay.

When Monica Garcia Saenz hears the Republican candidate’s excuse for his vulgar comments about groping women she thinks about being a young girl and becoming a victim of sexual assault by a stranger.

After the second presidential debate, Monica was brave enough to share her story with the members of the Wise Latinas Linked group on Facebook. We asked Monica if we could share her very painful experience. She allowed us to post her message.

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Yes, Monica plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.