Archive for November 29th, 2010

November 29, 2010

Mi dia Latino

by Eileen Rivera-de la Hoz

Those of us who live near large urban centers have a myriad of cultural and artistic events at our disposal. For the most part, these events are free.  I recently attended the Artisans Fair at Hostsos Community College, sponsored by Comite Noviembre, in New York City. Founded in 1987, Comite Noviembre’s mission is to “commemorate and acknowledge all aspects of Puerto Rican life from the social and cultural, to the educational, economic and political.” The volunteers who contribute to the organization, work year-round in planning events that serve to enrich the community.

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November 29, 2010

An affair to remember: Centro Hispano

by Keyla Cedano

Located at the heart of downtown in Reading, PA along 5th street, El Centro Hispano has stood firmly amid city life for more than 40 years. What began as an attempt to establish much needed help for the Latino Community, has evolved into a pillar for Latinos in the Reading, PA area. With services catering to kids, adults, and the elderly, the center is the go-to place for anything from notary services, social assistance, transportation, and even a kid’s café.

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November 29, 2010

Remembering the Butterflies

by Jennifer Turano

November 25th was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The day was chosen to pay homage to the Mirabal sisters – political activists from the Dominican Republic, who were killed on that day in 1960, on what is believed to be the orders of dictator Rafael Trujillo.

 

Las Mariposas (the Butterflies), as they are called, actually refer to 3 out of 4 sisters – Patria, Minerva and Maria Theresa. They, along with their sister Dede, were born in Ojo de Agua, Salcedo—what is now known as Hermanas Mirabal Province.

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