Crowdfunding: Creating a library for the children of Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Call-to-Action, General

Crowdfunding: Creating a library for the children of Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador

GritoBlast! — In April 2015, a volunteer artist cooperative known as Arte Intercultural Vilcabamba (AIV), was launched in Vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador, South America. In two short years, the artist cooperative transformed themselves into a service organization with a single mission — to fund a library for the children of the mountainous, impoverished region. The 20 active volunteers work with about 60 children a week from the mountainous Region Sierra. In January 2017, the...

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BookGrito: Former Latino Georgia politician debuts a ‘fantastical’ first novel

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Book

BookGrito: Former Latino Georgia politician debuts a ‘fantastical’ first novel

GritoBlast!   When former Georgia legislator Sam Zamarripa co-founded the “The Essential Economy Council,” a nonprofit dedicated to providing credible, local research and data on the economic value of a segment of workers who perform low-skilled, often manual, yet essential, work in Georgia, many of his fellow Georgians were pleasantly surprised and energized at having his  cunning mind and voice in the public arena once again. Several weeks ago, Sam surprised everyone yet...

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New book celebrates Latino leadership and its future rise

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Book, General

New book celebrates Latino leadership and its future rise

GritoBlast!   One in six people in the U.S. are Hispanic. By the middle of the century one in three Americans are projected to be Hispanic. Latinos are actively embracing their culture and language, gaining economic and political clout, and expanding their global connections. These gains have only been possible because of the vision, contribution, and relentless activism of community leaders, says award-winning author Juana Bordas. And yet the story of how Latino leaders...

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Crowdfunder: Help Voces Oral History Project tell forgotten stories of Latino war veterans

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Call-to-Action, General

Crowdfunder: Help Voces Oral History Project tell forgotten stories of Latino war veterans

GritoBlast! Since 1999, the University of Texas at Austin-based Voces Oral History Project has dedicated itself to filling the gap in the historical record by uncovering and sharing the forgotten stories of the countless Latino and Latina veterans who heroically served the United States in World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The Voces Oral History Project first came to national attention in 2007 when project founder Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez challenged...

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New app lets detained immigrants alert loved ones

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Announcements, General

New app lets detained immigrants alert loved ones

GritoBlast! Being picked up by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) looms heavy on the minds and futures of undocumented immigrants and their families. The fear is so great that many parts of the country are setting up a modern-day version of the underground railroad. But what happens when a person is randomly stopped on the street, their citizenship status checked and immediately taken into custody? What usually happens is they have no way to contact loved ones, legal...

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