Latinas · Latinas in Education

Latina appointed to California committee aimed at developing new computer science standards in schools

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Veronica Solter Godinez in the classroom.

Veronica Soltero Godinez knows coding and robotics skills are in high demand today in many jobs. She wants to make sure school children in California are getting the computer science education they need to succeed.

This coming school year the California Department of Education will be depending on her expertise. It has appointed Veronica to a very prestigious committee aimed and making computer science education better for students in California.

She shared her good news on Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook. 

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Veronica has been an educator since 2005. She’s been a teacher, teacher’s coach, and principal in Idaho and California. She has served as Vice President of Inland Area CUE (Computer Using Educators) and continues to be involved with the organization.

She started her new job this month as principal at Maxson Elementary School in El Monte, CA.  The school has more than 500 students who are mostly Latino children.

Veronica is an innovator who is always looking for ways to motivate students. She said “I was the one teacher after school playing with robots and learning to code with the students.”

The mother of three girls has started many after school clubs within the schools that she has served and she has also taught teachers how to use computer science to cross teach with English, science, math and history.

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Photo Courtesy Veronica Soltero Godinez

Veronica has lead coding and robotic programs for students and even invited parents to get involved.  The programs teach the students team work, persistence, creativity and problem-solving skills.

KNOWLEDGE OPENS DOORS

Veronica is confident her students will have opportunities in the future for college scholarships and careers in demand in coding and robotics.  Veronica told us “There are many jobs waiting to be filled that are sitting waiting for my students to graduate. Jobs with $100,000 salaries – just waiting.”

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Veronica Soltero Godinez

Veronica will join twenty other individuals appointed on the California Computer Science Standards Advisory Committee. She is the only Latina appointed. It’s good to know the State of California brings diversity to the table.

Congrats and good luck Veronica! You can follow Veronica on Twitter @MsVGodinez

Rebecca Aguilar is an award winning journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a social media networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn for Latinas with more than 9,000 members. 

ICE · Immigrants · Immigration · Latinas · Politics

“Please don’t take my mom from me too” pleads daughter of Michigan woman

You can’t help but feel helpless for the family of Lourdes Salazar Bautista. Her time is running out after twenty years of living in the United States. A video of Lourdes’ children crying and pleading with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) not to deport their mother opens your eyes to life in the Donald Trump world. The president is willing to tear families apart and deport immigrants who are hard working people and good parents.

A rally is planned for tonight (July 18) to keep Lourdes from being deported to Mexico.

#LuchaporLourdes: Lourdes’ Call to Action from Aresha Martinez-Cardoso on Vimeo.

Lourdes in tears tell us in the video that she has a job and works to keep a home and food on the table for her children. What do her American children do if she is deported?

LOURDES STAY OF REMOVAL DENIED

Lourdes first came in contact with ICE in 2010, and after being detained for almost a month ICE “traded” Lourdes for her husband. Lourdes’ husband was deported and she was allowed to stay in the United States. 
Every year Lourdes has to check in with immigration and every year she is granted a stay of removal.

In March Lourdes’s stay of removal was denied and she has been ordered to buy her plane ticket and leave the country by August 2nd. She will leave behind three children all born in the U.S. (Source: Lucha Por Lourdes Facebook)

ICE acknowledges she has no criminal record, maintains it has been lenient already.  (Source: MLive Michigan)

THE FIGHT TO KEEP LOURDES HERE, LA LUCHA POR LOURDES

MLive Michigan reports The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously on Monday (July 17) to approve a resolution to ask the federal government for a stay of deportation for Lourdes.

Mayor Christopher Taylor said her deportation will not make the U.S. safer or protect American jobs.”All it will achieve is to devastate a family and impoverish a community that values her,” he said. “It’s not a wise use of government resources. We should be doing better.” (Full story>> MLive Michigan)

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JULY 18 VIGIL AND RALLY

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: St. Mary Student Parish, University of Michigan
331 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
If you live in the area please show up to support Lourdes and her family. More info about event>> Facebook Rally page

CONTACT ICE IN DETROIT 
Detroit ICE Director Rebecca Adducci
Phone: 313-568-6036
Email: rebecca.j.adducci@ice.dhs.gov

CONTACT U.S. SENATORS FROM MICHIGAN 

If these Senators believe in keeping families together, then lets see them prove it. Reach out, call and email them to help look into Lourdes’ case.

Senator Gary Peters (D)
202-224-6221

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenGaryPeters/

Contact: www.peters.senate.gov/contact/email-gary

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)
202-224-4822
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stabenow/
Contact: www.stabenow.senate.gov/contact

SIGN THE PETITION

A petition has been started to stop the deportation of Lourdes Salazar Bautista. Please sign it. >>Petition

CONTACT DETROIT MEDIA

The media is always looking for stories. If they don’t know about this issue they can’t report it. Contact the reporters at the following places:

Detroit Free Press  : City/Metro desk: city@freepress.com; 313-222-6600

The Detroit NewsLocal News (Metro Detroit and business):
Phone: (313) 222-2323
Email: metro@detroitnews.comnewstips@detroitnews.com

Fox 2 Detroit: Call the newsdesk: (248) 552-5103 and send an email:fox2newsdesk@foxtv.com

Local 4 News : You may call the WDIV newsroom at 313-222-0500, you can also ask for our web staff or assignment editor.

WXYZ-TV Channel 7: Breaking News Hotline 248-827-9407 ,  Breaking News Email: news@wxyz.com

We all have a voice. Use it! Mucha suerte Lourdes.

#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

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

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.