Post by: Paula B

Looking Back at StS’s Hispanic Heritage Month Series

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Color Guard and Mariachi at the John F. Kennedy Center this past September (Larry French/Getty Images)

The past few weeks So to Speak has devoted the blog to “Hispanic Heritage Month,” the official national recognition and celebration of the contributions made by generations of Latino/Hispanic Americans in the United States.

With a …

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Shopping for Groceries and Identity in America

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This past April when I conceived of an international poetry showcase to celebrate George Mason’s diverse undergraduate student body, Chicano poet Javier O. Huerta’s “El Coyote” from 2007’s Some Clarifications y otros poemas was one of the first to go on my list. The prose poem gives voice to a child’s bewildered awareness …

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Frances E. Valdez On Why the Struggles of Immigrants Should Matter to Feminists

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We recently introduced you to Frances E. Valdez, an attorney and DREAM Act activist based in Houston, Texas. Valdez believes that feminism and  an awareness of and concern for the struggles of immigrant communities across our United States go hand-in-hand.   Whatever your views on the immigration question currently splitting the country–literally, families are being broken up, check out what bonding with your mother through the bars of a steel and concrete fence looks …

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Spotlight on a Feminist in Action: Attorney Frances E. Valdez

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Fourth from the right Frances E. Valdez with LGH and 2012’s grantee Casa de Esperanza.

Chicana Frances E. Valdez views her feminism as self-evident in the work she does as an attorney, activist, and philanthropist—and I couldn’t agree more. Her efforts as all three have reached beyond her local community in Houston, Texas.

In 2009, Valdez co-founded Latino Giving Houston, a nonprofit …

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