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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Surviving NY Borinqueneers to receive Congressional Gold Medal in livestreaming ceremony

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Announcements, General

Surviving NY Borinqueneers to receive Congressional Gold Medal in livestreaming ceremony

GritoBlast! On June 10, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law bills H.R. 1726 and S. 1174 awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th U.S. Army Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the Borinqueneers.   Who are the Borinqueneers? The 65th U.S. Army Infantry Regiment—also known as el sesenta y cinco de infantería, originated as a Puerto Rican outfit in the form of the Battalion of Porto Rican Volunteers (May 20, 1899) in the aftermath of the...

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New fund created for undocumented social entrepreneurs

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Announcements, General

New fund created for undocumented social entrepreneurs

GritoBlast! A person’s entrepreneurial spirit should not be hindered by race, creed, sexual orientation, color — and now, thanks to a new fund — citizenship status! Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) have launched FUSE, the Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs, an initiative to foster and provide financial support for the entrepreneurial projects of undocumented young people working to create positive social change. In 2016, E4FC plans to disburse $250,000...

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Young Adult short story contest looking for diverse authors

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Announcements, Contests, General

Young Adult short story contest looking for diverse authors

GritoBlast! – We Need Diverse Books (“WNDB”) is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. WNDB is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission...

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Diversity-focused hackathon looking for high school and college students to participate in annual event during SXSW Interactive

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Announcements, General

Diversity-focused hackathon looking for high school and college students to participate in annual event during SXSW Interactive

GritoBlast! The only hackathon 100% organized by students of color in the United States kicks off SXSW. hackathon is the only youth and diversity-focused annual hackathon. Held on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin, TX, Huston-Tillotson University is Austin’s oldest university and only HBCU (Historically Black College and University). hackathon takes place annually, as people from around the world descend on the Lone Star State for SXSW Interactive....

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Hispanics in Philanthropy Announces Next Generation Leadership Program

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Announcements, General

Hispanics in Philanthropy Announces Next Generation Leadership Program

GritoBlast!  In an effort to expand the diversity of future leadership in the philanthropic sector, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), with support from the American Express Foundation, announces its Next Generation Latino Philanthropy Leadership Program. A 32-year-old U.S.-based nonprofit, HIP’s mission is to strengthen leadership, voice, and equity in the Latino community, with a focus on the formal philanthropic sector. A 2015 Foundation Center report revealed that, while...

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