Hispanic Heritage Month 2019


Thank you for this post!! … ‘I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity.’ … Sandra Cisneros!

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Hispanic Heritage Month started Sunday so I apologize for being a few days late in marking this month-long tribute to the countless contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans. I thought I’d begin by paying tribute to an author and poet whose writing has captivated me since I read her classic coming-of-age novel, The House On Mango Street. I am of course talking about the incomparable Sandra Cisneros, who deservedly won this year’s PEN/Nabokov Award For Achievement In International Literature. Throughout her career she has focused on telling everyday stories of the working class and is a consistent presence on Summer Reading lists around the country. 

Image: President Obama Awards 2015 National Medal Of Arts And National Humanities Medal

I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent, especially if it means I can save lives, or serve humanity.

~ Sandra Cisneros ~

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Puerto Rico’s next crisis is coming, and only U.S. Congress can stop it


#PuertoRico … ‘Congress reconvenes this week and will tackle many issues that are crucial for our country. Among them is the imminent man-made crisis facing Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories when funding from the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act and the Affordable Care Act runs out at the end of September and December 2019.’ … Do they care? Not …

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puertorico_rosello_protest_07222019Michael J. Melendez and Dr. Jaime R. Torres (opinion contributors for The Hill) write about the chilling reality of Puerto Rico’s healthcare.

Congress reconvenes this week and will tackle many issues that are crucial for our country. Among them is the imminent man-made crisis facing Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories when funding from the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act and the Affordable Care Act runs out at the end of September and December 2019.

For Puerto Rico, this means that starting Oct. 1, 2019, the beginning of FY 2020, the island would only receive an estimated $366.7 million in federal Medicaid matching dollars to cover its Medicaid beneficiaries. To be clear, 1.6 million people in Puerto Rico are reliant upon Medicaid – that is nearly half the entire population of the island. Such a drastic cut in funding would not adequately support the needs of beneficiaries and could worsen…

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“Uno X Uno por Bahamas” A Puerto Rican Alliance for Hurricane Relief


Puerto Rico siempre dice presente!! … ‘ Having recently experienced the devastation caused by Hurricane María, Puerto Ricans have been particularly moved by the present devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Here is a translation of “Econo y Fondos Unidos forman alianza para llevar ayuda a las Bahamas” (Villalba Online), which describes how the Econo supermarket chain has joined forces with United Funds to raise funds for the Bahamas. ‘

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Unidos_por_Bahamas[Many thanks to Roselina Rivera for bringing this item to our attention.] Having recently experienced the devastation caused by Hurricane María, Puerto Ricans have been particularly moved by the present devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Here is a translation of “Econo y Fondos Unidos forman alianza para llevar ayuda a las Bahamas” (Villalba Online), which describes how the Econo supermarket chain has joined forces with United Funds to raise funds for the Bahamas. Villalba Online reports:

Econo Supermarkets announced today its initiative with United Funds to bring much needed help to the islands of the Bahamas, recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Under the name of “Uno X Uno por Bahamas,” the public will have the opportunity to multiply aid for victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. For each dollar received as a donation in the Econo Supermarkets, an additional dollar will be provided, up…

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Open Letter To Congress …


This and so very much more … ‘My purpose in writing this letter is to put you on notice that you are marching to the beat of the wrong drummer. You are putting your own interests, and those of such large corporations as the fossil fuel, logging, and auto industries ahead of the well-being of not only your constituents, but all life on the planet. ‘

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Dear Congressperson …

Yesterday was a day that will live on in history.  In more than 150 nations, over 4 million people (and counting) turned out in thousands of cities and towns around the globe to raise awareness and to demand action from governments.  Their words, “You had a future and so should we”, and “We vote next”, should have opened your eyes, but somehow, I sense that you are wearing blinders and did not see their banners, and have ears stuffed with cotton and did not hear their chants.

My purpose in writing this letter is to put you on notice that you are marching to the beat of the wrong drummer.  You are putting your own interests, and those of such large corporations as the fossil fuel, logging, and auto industries ahead of the well-being of not only your constituents, but all life on the planet. …

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