Latina tech founder creates wearable solution to those feeling targeted for their religion, race or sexual orientation

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in General, Good News, tech

Latina tech founder creates wearable solution to those feeling targeted for their religion, race or sexual orientation

GritoBlast! — “My Muslim friends are telling me they are having their hijabs ripped off, one was told to hang herself with it because it is no longer allowed here,” emailed Jacqueline Ros, a tech start-up founder in Colorado. “My Latino friends are being yelled at to stop speaking in Spanish and told to go back where they came from. One of my female friends on Facebook was told to “shut up (b word I won’t type)” because she is a woman and...

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Library of Congress to Honor Mario Vargas Llosa as a Living Legend

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in General, Good News

Library of Congress to Honor Mario Vargas Llosa as a Living Legend

GritoBlast!  The Library of Congress will present its Living Legend award to Mario Vargas Llosa, the renowned Peruvian novelist, journalist, public intellectual and political commentator, at the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public, but those who wish to attend must RSVP by emailing specialevents@loc.gov or by calling (202) 707-1616.  The presentation will be made...

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New multimedia platform strives to humanize the immigrant experience through a faith-based lens

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in General, Good News

New multimedia platform strives to humanize the immigrant experience through a faith-based lens

GritoBlast! — Sojourners is launching a new web-based platform with immigration-focused resources called ONWARD for Sojourners. The platform is an addition to Sojourners’ many resources on immigration and includes powerful documentaries and discussion guides for people of faith, and anyone, who wants to learn more about immigrants and their stories, the policy debates surrounding immigration, and the steps everyone can take to “welcome the stranger” — the sojourner....

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Revered Latino Educator To Be Honored on a U.S. Postage Stamp in 2016

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in General, Good News

Revered Latino Educator To Be Honored on a U.S. Postage Stamp in 2016

GritoBlast! — On December 31, the legendary educator Jaime Escalante would have been 85 years old. The beloved and charismatic California educator used unconventional methods to inspire his inner-city students not only to learn calculus but also to pass Advanced Placement tests in the subject. With his colleagues at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, he proved that students judged to be “unteachable” could master even the most difficult subject. In 2016, the United...

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Free online Urban Playgrounds guide shows people what they’re missing by not visiting urban national parks

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in General, Good News

Free online Urban Playgrounds guide shows people what they’re missing by not visiting urban national parks

GritoBlast! The National Park Foundation is on a mission to get everyone to visit the country’s national parks. To help, they’ve released the new, free, downloadable “Urban Playgrounds” guide profiling 24 national parks in 24 major U.S. cities. The guide provides stunning images, fun facts, ideas for what to do at each park, and how to get there. As a bonus, the guide also suggests additional National Park Service sites to check out while in the...

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Songwriter pens welcome song for Pope Francis as part of Bienvenido Papa Francisco campaign

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in General, Good News

Songwriter pens welcome song for Pope Francis as part of Bienvenido Papa Francisco campaign

GritoBlast! As part of the “Bienvenido Papa Francisco” campaign to provide a platform for the Hispanic community to express their joy, faith, and love for the Pope, Pedro Rubalcava was chosen to write a welcome song for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. “I feel honored, grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to share my sentiments and faith in this way and to welcome Pope Francis to the United States,” said Rubalcava. “Vamos...

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