The Women of La Patrona: Angels on the immigrant’s train journey through Mexico

Screenshot: YouTube
Screenshot: YouTube

There has to be a special place in heaven for Las Patronas de Veracruz. They are probably the most giving, unselfish group of hard-working women in Mexico.

Las Patronas de Veracruz are angels to immigrants trying to make it to the U.S. For more than two decades, these women have cooked rice, beans and tortillas to give away to thousands of Central American immigrants crossing Mexico north on a train.

The village of La Patrona lies in a corner of the eastern state of Veracruz. In 2014, students from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work’s Study Abroad program went to Mexico to work with the women of La Patrona. Here’s a video the students produced. 

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group of more than 7,000 Latinas.

35 of Bill Cosby’s accusers on cover of New York Magazine

This is the magazine cover everyone will be talking about this week. Thirty-five women who accuse Bill Cosby of rape are on the cover of New York magazine.  Here is part of what New York Magazine wrote on Instagram:

“Today, the way we think and talk about rape has evolved, creating a safer space for survivors to feel empowered by speaking up and reclaiming their victimhood. And that’s led us here. Of the 46 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby, we spoke to 35 of them — “a sorrowful sisterhood” of women united by their dark experiences,…”

Screenshot: NYMagazine
Screenshot: NYMagazine

The women on the cover range in age from their 20’s to 80-years-old. They are also of diverse backgrounds including a supermodels, waitresses, TV writers and journalists.

This was a bold move by New York Magazine and it will be empowering to women around the country. Bill Cosby claims he has done nothing wrong.

I’d like to know your thoughts on the cover. Please share in comments.

Visit New York Magazine’s Instagram page and hear recorded interviews with the women.

Website: New York Magazine

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook and LinkedIn. WLL is a virtual networking group of more than 7,000 Latinas.