#RejectTheText | #MASForTexas
A broad coalition of organizations and scholars from across Texas, the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition (www.masfortexas.org), is “calling on the State Board of Education to reject [the ONLY] proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that promotes offensive cultural stereotypes, distorts history and is plagued by factual errors.”
Sententia Vera joined the rally in support of the #RejectTheText campaign on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The Coalition has “scholars from across Texas and outside the state reviewing the textbook” as not one subject-matter expert was hired to co-author the Mexican American Heritage history book for “fear of bias,” defended the head of the publishing company, Cynthia Dunbar. What?!? A key rule to writing, as Mark Twain advocates, is to “write what you know.” In several cases, Ms. Dunbar has been the biased party for publishing a “politicized distortion of history” as reported by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
How cool is this!?!? Look what I found!?!? A European Day of Languages and a website dedicated to this one day full of fun language facts and ways to participate!
The site gives a brief description of the celebration and its origin. It all started back in 2001 when the Council of Europe and the European Union successfully organized 45 countries in celebration of Europe’s linguistic diversity and to promote language learning. Due to its instant success the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated annually on September 26th.
There are three goals the European Day of Languages attempts to achieve through this yearly recognition, they include:
- Public awareness for the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase multilingualism and intercultural understanding.
- The promotion of the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, with the conscious intention to preserve and foster it.
- To encourage lifelong language learning in and out of formal education, whether for study, professional development, travel, pleasure, and/or exchanges.
“The Council of Europe is convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of the continent.”
Tremendously neat and worth celebrating along with them! European Day of Languages is similar to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Discover Languages Month. Every year since 2005, February has been designated as Discover Languages Month. “As a continuation of the 2005: The Year of Languages national campaign, the Discover Languages effort combines raising public awareness about languages with the development and implementation of programs for students which focus on language use beyond the classroom.”
Language educators organize activities and events throughout the month of February with the goal of “highlighting the important benefits and practical applications of language learning” for school administrators, counselors, parents, community leaders, legislators, and the media, in addition to their students.
Perhaps there should be a collaboration of cultural forces between the US and Europe to make a unique, global celebration of languages and cultures. Hmmm?!?!
Las Comadres Para Las Americas is a network of Latinas from around the world connecting to “engage in dialogues about education, employment, culture, and resources.” Founder and CEO, Nora de Hoyos Comstock has taken an informal gathering of Latinas to an international network whose mission is to “connect and empower Latinas everywhere through community building/networking, culture, learning, and technology.” Visit Las Comadres website to learn more about its events, workshops, educational and book series, as well as public policy and civic engagement training programs.
I am a part of this network and have made long-lasting friendships, have made professional partnerships, have participated in its public policy and civic engagement training programs, and continue to be a member of its national Latino book club. It is a worthy and valuable network worth the time, energy, volunteer opportunity and financial support. Take a look!
Las Comadres Para Las Americas, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College, CUNY: National Black Writers Conference, the Center for Black Literature, the Foreign Language Department and the Latino American Association present the Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference 2012.
The Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference, which will take place at the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York on October 6, 2012, will provide Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino writers. In addition, the CCWC will offer an insider’s perspective on how best to navigate the particular challenges and opportunities faced by Latino writers in the current publishing landscape, as well as foster a vibrant national community of writers akin to what Las Comadres has already created with its Las Comadres international network and its Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club and Teleconference Series.
Time: 8:00 am to 6 pm
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Place: Medgar Evers College
The City University of New York
1650 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11225
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Registration to Conference and Panels
$125 for registrations on August 1 through October 5
$150 for registrations on October 6
No refunds after August 1
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How to Prepare for a Writers Conference
Bring business cards. If you don’t have business cards, you can create your own using templates such as those offered by Avery.
Wear layers. Autumn weather in New York can vary, as can the temperature indoors vs. outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
Pack a writing pad and pens. Our speakers will be sharing much wisdom, and you’ll want to jot it all down.
Know who you want to know. Read the bios of each speaker to see whose experience and expertise is a good fit for you. An editor who specializes in science fiction may not be the best person to pitch if your book is a literary memoir. Click here for the speaker bios.
Prepare your pitch. If an agent or editor asks you to describe your work, you want to be able to do so concisely and confidently. Practice in front of a mirror and/or with an honest friend. Strive to pitch your book in a single sentence, in thirty seconds or less.
Collect business cards. The conference is an excellent opportunity for you to connect with a dynamic community of like-minded people. Ask for the cards of everyone you meet, offer your own, and stay in touch because connections create opportunity.
We are seeking hard-working, detail-oriented volunteers to provide service with a smile. Event planning experience a plus. In return for your time, you will have the opportunity to interact directly with the leading agents, editors, and authors in Latino publishing. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out and submit a volunteer form by clicking here.
Individuals and/or organizations offering a product or service of interest to Latino writers are welcome.
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Dear Community Leaders,
We reiterate our invitation for you to participate in the 2012 National Latino Congreso that will take place May 17 though19 at the Arturo Velazquez Institute located at 2800 South Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60608. The objective of the National Latino Congreso (NLC) is to create an open and inclusive space to explore the policy and political agenda of Latino communities in the USA, including the international/Latin American perspective.
The upcoming National Latino Congreso in Chicago represents the first time the National Latino Congreso will take place outside of the U.S. Southwest region. This year, we will focus on three over-arching themes: Economic Justice, Immigration/Migrant Rights, and Latino Vote/Civic Engagement. Sessions will also discuss a range of related topics such as: Youth, Education, Art, Culture, Environmental Justice, Transnationalism, Gender Equity, and Community Health and Well-being. The national convening organizations will prepare concept papers about the central themes with the purpose of promoting dialogue and developing a set of resolutions for consideration by the Congreso participants. Resolutions may also be presented and discussed in any of the simultaneous workshops/panel sessions.
ORGANIZE A CONCURRENT SESSION (PANEL, WORKSHOP, etc)
DURING THE CONGRESO
We ask for organizations and leaders to take part in the dynamic decision making process by organizing an activity during one or more of spaces that have been designated for concurrent (simultaneous) sessions. This activity could be a panel, workshop/discussion space, book presentation, or other activity related to the overarching themes, and cross-cutting issues of the Congreso. By hosting a concurrent session, your organization will have the opportunity to lead conversations based on the issue of your organization’s choice, take leadership, and promote activities. Concurrent sessions may last up to 90 minutes, and they will take place both in the morning and the afternoon of Friday, May 18. A panel of convening organizations and local host groups will select up to eight sessions for each of the two time slots from all the proposals that are received by the deadline. The deadline for any submissions is April 5, 2012. For more information on organizing a concurrent session please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (877) 683-2908 ext. 7
BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THE NLC
Please support this important event by inviting your networks to participate in this engaging decision making process that will help define coordinated strategies for policies that affect the Latino Community in the United States. Below are various ways to be part of the National Latino Congreso. Please advise us on your decision to participate by May 1, 2012.
- Co-convener, $1000.00- Co-convening entities will receive four (4) voting delegate passes and 15 observer passes; also a 1/4 page space for use as you choose in the program (ad book).
- Organizational Endorser, $250.00. –Endorsing entities will receive one (1) voting delegate pass and 10 observer passes. Their names/logos will be displayed in the program book. (non-profit organizations, businesses, unions, religious institutions, government offices, and networks are cordially invited to be an organizational endorser of the 2012 National Latino Congreso.)
- Individual Observer $50, An individual with observer status will have full access to the Strategy and Plenary Sessions. Please note, under this pass you will not receive voting privileges.
- Student $20, An individual with a student pass will have full access to the Strategy and Plenary Sessions. Please note, under this pass you will not receive voting privileges.
- Program/Ad Book Inclusion, Your organization can be included in the NLC Program book given to all participants. Full page- $400, ½ page- $250, ¼ page- $150.
Please make checks payable to: National Alliance of Latin-American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) 1638 S. Blue Island Chicago IL, 60608
VOLUNTEER FOR THE NLC
We are very excited about the opportunity that the NLC represents, and know that with everyone’s contribution we will advance in uniting the Latin American immigrant community and help build a better United States for everyone.
Sponsored by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Join the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library and our five partners, The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Mexic-Arte Museum, The Nettie Lee Benson Library Collection, University of Texas @ Austin and the Terrazas Branch Library as we feature the contributions, achievements and legacies of 101 local Latinas in a photo exhibit entitled Voces de Latinas: A photo exhibit in five parts. The exhibit offers a mosaic blending of images and biographical narratives of Latinas from the late 1800s to the present who represent all walks of life.
All Latinas portrayed in the exhibit were nominated by the community at large and the images and biographical information were donated to the Austin History Center by friends, family members and other community individuals for use in the exhibit. As with all Austin History Center projects, we hope that this exhibit will encourage preservation and documentation for future generations and of the countless others whose legacies deserve to be noted in the chronicles of Austin history.
Each of the five partners will exhibit 20 of the images and sponsor a program in conjunction with the Voces de Latinas exhibit. The exhibit will open on September 25th and will run through October 23, 2011. An opening reception honoring the Latinas depicted in the exhibit will be held at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Sunday, September 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Martha Cotera. Further information regarding the reception and programs may be obtained from the Austin History Center website http://www.cityofaustin.org/library/ahc/mexicanam.htm, or by contacting Gloria Espitia, Austin History Center Neighborhood Liaison to the Mexican American community @ 974-7498. Information may also be found on the websites of our partners. The exhibit was made possible in part with a grant from the Austin Friends of Folk Art.
SAVE THE DATES
Sunday, September 25th
Exhibit Reception & Program
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Martha Cotera
Saturday, October 1st
Voces de Latinas in words & music
Ruiz Branch Library
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Panelists: Teresa Palomo Acosta; Beatriz de la Garza; Myrna Cabello
Special Guest: Josephine Lopez Rocha
Moderator: Belinda Acosta
Saturday October 8th
Conversaciones del pasado – Reflexiones del presente
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Panelists: Janie Martinez Inez Ramos Salas, Mrs. Maria Salinas, Mrs. Josefa Vasquez Salinas, and Mrs. Delia Sifuentes
Saturday, October 15th
Con nuestras manos
Terrazas Branch Library
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Connie Arismendi and Laura Garanzuay
Sunday, October 16th
Voces de Latinas: Las artistas entre nosotros – The artists among us
Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, UT
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presenters: Nivia Gonzalez, Cat Quintanilla and Liliana Wilson
I’ve got to admit, moving is challenging, especially when moving a family of seven and its pets. However, I took my own sermon and agreed to explore the unknown. So here I am in Northern California, living in a one-bedroom hotel for the past three weeks. The seven of us, two cats (having lost the third during the road trip here), and a dog in one room at an extended-stay hotel. Misery, miserable, and doubting I will never do this again, ‘cause, I will. Lesson learned, take control and be the project manager next time.
Nevertheless, I’ve begun the cultural explorations. As a culturist a have put out the feelers (read here my clan) for all things cultural and have been pleasantly surprised by the numerous cultural options the Bay Area has to offer. Who’d a thunk?!?!? Why of course Northern California is everything but culturally homogenous!
Our first experience was last Friday. My clan has been trained, by no other than the expert herself, to zero in on all things cultural. So as I grumbled in our room’s kitchenette, eating junk food, fuming with angst, and obviously clogging up my cultural radar, I get a Skype invitation to go listen to some music later that evening. I quickly visited the link and read that Target Summer Pops and the Symphony Silicon Valley, along with support from Applied Materials, Diane & Lee Brandenburg, KCBS, and the City of San Jose, were presenting Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca with special guests, San Jose Taiko. How could I turn this down? A free cultural experience is not to be missed!
The clan arrived, having navigated through various cities, towns, avenues, and only cutting off one other motorist in a carefully executed left turn from the far right, to San Jose State University. Thanking the powers that be for giving those scientists and engineers the explorative mind to invent GPS, I maneuvered the Dulcemobile into a compact-car size garage, helping myself to two compact-car size spaces. What is a mother of a Texican-size clan to do?
But I digress, Ricardo Lemvo, Makina Loca, and San Jose Taiko played a fun and hip-shaking beat, quickly having the audience on its feet. My clan rumba-ed its way to the front to get a better look. To our surprise no one was dancing on the dance stage, set up, clearly, for the audience dancers. Two members of my clan, being new to the area, slowly and nonchalantly moseyed their way closer and closer to the stage, while the others kept an eye on security, staying back as lookouts. We didn’t want to be thrown out of our first NorCali cultural experience simply for being foreigners and not yet knowing its concert culture. Turned out, it was an excellent mosey as it attracted those other concert goers, dancing on the side and back aisles, onto the stage, giving thanks to the two that had started it all. Pretty soon our fear was not security or being thrown out, it was the weight limit of the makeshift stage!
Great music, talented musicians, fun dance moves, AMAZING cultural experience!
About Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo’s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan samba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” Lemvo is truly multicultural and equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kikongo.
Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, raising his joyous voice with strength, singing songs that celebrate life, and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries.
About San Jose Taiko
San Jose Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding, and propulsive sounds of the taiko. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, its performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music.
San Jose Taiko has broadened this historical art form into a style that joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with other world rhythms, including African, Balinese, Brazilian, Latin, and jazz, bridging many styles, while still resonating with the Asian soul in America.
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Record Label: Mopiato Music
Release Date: March 2007