Monday, September 29, 2014

Slideshow: Commemorating The Memory Of The Mirabal Sisters: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Mirabal sisters, a group of women freedom fighters sacrificed their lives to set the Dominican Republic free from a  brutal regime. The death of the Mirabal sisters had a great impact on the Dominican society, though it had not been officially acknowledged until the 1990s, when the country recognized Patria Mercede, Minerva Argentina and Antonia Maria Teresa as national martyrs, and incorporated them in history lessons. [read]

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interview with Sol A. Flores: Founding Executive Director for La Casa Norte

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My grandparents agreed to be one of the very first Latino families that were recruited in the state of Illinois to be foster care parents. There was a lack of Latino foster care parents throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s in Illinois. There were times when Latino kids were being removed and they were placed in homes where they lost language or they lost cultural competency. This led to the Burgos Act in the state of Illinois. [read]

Monday, September 15, 2014

Interview with Sylvia Puente: Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum

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I have been fortunate to receive an invitation to take part in overseas travels to study and understand immigrant integration in other countries. That's been another fascinating experience where I've got a global view on immigration, integration and the challenges and initiatives that immigrants face in Israel, Spain, Belgium and Germany. I did research in Mexico too, to see the direct experience of where people come to Mexico from the United States in terms of what their origins are, what their opportunities are like, and what was drawing Mexican immigrants to the United States. [read]


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Slideshow: Remembering 9/11: Out of the Rubble, Captain Brenda Berkman

Brenda Berkman, circa 1982 (Photo via Labor Arts)
On that eerie day of September 11th 2001, Captain Brenda Berkman found herself amongst the rubble which was piled seven stories high, attempting to locate survivors. Though the voices of people could no longer be heard, she did what she knew to do- risk her life while hoping that she could save others [read]

Monday, September 8, 2014

POLAND: Interview with Graciella Kowalczyk, An International Award Winning Pianist And Concert Soloist

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As women and mothers, we should strive to make sure that the next generation have access to music education, independently from their socioeconomic status.  Access to music lessons should not be for the privileged few, but should be a simple human right of every child. It improves memory, concentration, discipline, and the ability to analyze and solve problems, enabling the brain to learn more efficiently in all subjects. It was Pythagorus who said, “Music is math made audible.” Quality music education facilitates improvement of our society as a whole. [read]