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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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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EconoFact: A new site for people not afraid of the facts

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in General, Notable News

EconoFact: A new site for people not afraid of the facts

GritoBlast! — The Fletcher School at Tufts University launched EconoFact, a new website and newsletter designed to re-introduce facts into the current national debates over economic and social policies. By enlisting more than 30 leading academic economists from across the country, EconoFact’s bipartisan network will explain the key data and other relevant facts that should go into social and economic policy decisions and then draw concrete conclusions or recommendations....

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Open invitation to join National Write Out to pen protests against Trump’s policies

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Call-to-Action, General

Open invitation to join National Write Out to pen protests against Trump’s policies

GritoBlast! : From Wednesday, January 18 through Saturday, February 18, 2017, a national call-out to writers, and non-writers, who would like to contribute a poem, a piece of flash fiction, short story, essay, inspired long tweet, handwritten ars poetica or other literary creation responding to the prompt: What’s worth fighting for is worth writing for. Dubbed the National Write Out, organizers of the event say: Let your words stand against the flood of fake news messages...

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