¡Latinos are the Sleeping Giant!
“There are so many of us who feel we have to constantly be on the watch for something terrible. People are channeling their anger into voting in a way we have not seen historically.”Christian Arana, Latino Community Foundation, New York Times “The Latin Vote: The ‘Sleeping Giant’ Awakens,” March 3, 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
The Dominican merengue singer, 3x Grammy winner and 21x Latin Grammy winner was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on June 7, 1957.
Sunday, June 7 & 12, 2020
New York City’s 2020 celebration moves online.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The museum open house and street party moves online for COVID-19 at:
El Museo del Barrio
Museum of the City of New York
Cooper Hewitt Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
June 10 commemorates the death of Portuguese national poet Luís de Camões in 1499.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The Portuguese Shakespeare, author of Portugal’s national epic poem “Os Lusíadas” about Vasco de Gama’s sea route to India, died on June 10, 1580.
Friday, June 13, 2020
The patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal; Padua, Italy; and lost things, also helps couples reconcile.
Monday, April 20, 2020 ~ New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the cancellation of all non-essential events in New York City during the month of June 2020.
Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your rights
The most important thing you can do for your family is register to Vote (vote.org)
Hispanics are 18.3% of the United States population (without counting Italian, French or Romanian Latin heritage). Latin is Black for another 13.4%. Latin is Indigenous for another 1.3%. Combined OUR Indigenous, Hispanic and African community is 33% of the United States. Elections are won or lost by just a few percentage points. We can win this.
Indigenous = 1.3%Census.gov (2018 data)
Hispanic = 18.3%
African = 13.4%
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Latins = 33% of the United States
Call your hermanas and hermanos (brothers and sisters), tias and tios (aunts and uncles), primas and primos (cousins), sobrinas and sobrinos (nieces and nephews) across the United States, but especially in the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. Swing states are states that may vote either way. Talk to our families about how important this election is. Teach our children how important it is to vote.
Register by: Friday, April 3, 2020
Vote: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
NEW YORK STATE PRIMARY
Register by: Friday, May 29, 2020
Vote: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Register by: Friday, October 9, 2020
Vote: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
How to register to vote in New York City in English or Spanish, and online, by mail or in person.
June – November
Follow the 2020 hurricane season which is forecast to be stronger than usual.
June + July + August
New York City comes alive with Latin culture from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.
LA MEGA FM 97.9
NYC’s top radio DJ is a Colombian who plays reggaeton and Latin trap.
Take a photo tour around New York City.
Latin culture is originally Greek. Romans absorbed it from Greeks in southern Italy and spread the culture around the Mediterranean. When Rome fell, the culture survived among Christians, Jews and Muslims in Spain. The Renaissance made it a pan-European culture.
There were other great civilizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Spices and silk, then sugar and slavery brought us together. In the Americas we mixed into our Latin thing and New York City is our capital. ¡Azúcar!
Things to do in NYC
Mother’s worry for their children’s safety
One of the many striking responses to the Gregory Floyd police murder was Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ New York Times op-ed describing the moments after she saw the murder video.
With each passing second separating me from the peace of mind a mother feels having secured the safety of her children, I could not waste minutes articulating all of those things to my son. All I could say was, “Baby, please come home — now! It’s not safe for black boys to be out today.”Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, “The Police Report to Me, but I Knew I Couldn’t Protect My Son,” New York Times, June 3, 2020.
It’s easy to be distracted by racism, violence, politics, health, economics and all the other things we are dealing with at this moment. But as long as mothers have to constantly worry that their children will be abused or murdered by the police, we have work to do.
And not just the police. This is not somebody else’s problem. It is our problem. The only way to solve our problems is to embrace them ~ together.
“Pa’lante, pa’lante como un elefante”Ismael Rivera, “El Nazareno” (1976)
Pa’lante is Caribbean Creole slang for “para adalante” or “forward.” Yes, the phrase was corrupted by Chavez in Venezuela, but in its natural form is a simple, powerful expression. Rivera, one of the great Puerto Rican salseros, is saying “forward together like an elephant.” He means that together we are HUGE!
Hecho en Puerto Rico y Nueva York.