About Latino Heritage Month Latino Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. The term Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino.”More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census. Age Diversity Facts Latino Heritage Month Fun Facts
Nobel Prize in Physics: Luiz Walter Alvarez, 1968, for discoveries about subatomic particles. Later, he and his son proposed the now-accepted theory that the mass dinosaur extinction was caused by a meteor impact.
Tony, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno, 1975, The Ritz. In 1977, Moreno became the first Hispanic American (and the second person ever) to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy, picking up the last of those for her performance as guest host on The Muppet Show.
Hall of Fame inductee: Roberto Clemente, 1973. He was also the first Hispanic player to serve on the Players Association Board and to reach 3,000 hits.
As of 2000, there were 655,000 people in the U.S. with roots in El Salvador.
There are 39 million Latino Americans that encompass the U.S. population.
Creating Diversity Awareness in the Workplace September 2011 Newsletter Latino Heritage Month Illinois DREAM Act Passes State Senate With Overwhelming, Bipartisan Majority A mariachi band played at a giddy rally in the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Wednesday afternoon, as throngs of supporters celebrated the passage of the Illinois DREAM Act in the state Senate. The bill passed the Senate by a margin of 45-11, with three senators not voting. The measure saw wide bipartisan support, with 11 Republicans supporting the bill alongside 34 Democrats. It gets its name from a proposed piece of federal legislation which stalled in Congress during the lame-duck session this past winter. That measure would have allowed some undocumented students to move toward citizenship, provided they met certain criteria. The state of Illinois doesn't have the authority to grant citizenship. Instead, SB 2185 would create a “DREAM Fund,” a scholarship account funded entirely by private dollars, to give out scholarships to students without legal status seeking higher education. It would also encourage counselors to receive training on education opportunities for undocumented students, and would open up college savings programs and prepaid tuition programs to all Illinois residents. Senator Tom Johnson was one of the Republicans who voted in favor of the bill. “This is an American value issue,” he said to the chamber, according to observers on Twitter. Immigrant youth, Johnson said, “are our future. They are our fellow residents of Illinois.” The Staff Management | SMX DPIC includes: Kenyatta Draper, Lupe Gonzalez, Katie Smith, Jenny Reints, Pat Lach, Avery Yancey, Dayna Corona, Jessica Lewis, Justin Schwartz, Robert Cook, Maurice Proffit, Jennifer Fielding and Lloyd Weathers
Cesar Chavez and the United Farmers Workers (UFW) Association The story of Cesar Estrada Chavez begins near Yuma, AZ. Cesar was born on March 31, 1927. Cesat was named after his grandfather, Cesario. He learned about justice or rather injustice early in his life while growing up in Arizona. While his childhood school education was not the best, later in life, education was his passion. The walls of his office in La Paz (United Farm Worker Headquarters ) are lined with hundreds of books ranging from philosophy, economics, cooperatives, and unions, to biographies on Gandhi and the Kennedys. He believed that, “The end of all education should surely be service to others.” In 1962 Cesar founded the National Farm Workers Association, later to become the United Farm Workers (UFW). For a long time in 1962, there were very few union dues paying members. By 1970 the UFW got grape growers to accept union contracts and had effectively organized most of that industry, at one point in time claiming 50,000 dues paying members. The reason was Cesar Chavez's tireless leadership and nonviolent tactics that included the Delano grape strike, his fasts that focused national attention on farm workers problems, and the 340-mile march from Delano to Sacramento in 1966. The farm workers and supporters carried banners with the black eagle with HUELGA (strike) and VIVA LA CAUSA (Long live our cause). The marchers wanted the state government to pass laws which would permit farm workers to organize into a union and allow collective bargaining agreements. Cesar made people aware of the struggles of farm workers for better pay and safer working conditions. He succeeded through nonviolent tactics (boycotts, pickets, and strikes). Cesar Chavez and the union sought recognition of the importance and dignity of all farm workers. Cesar Estrada Chavez died peacefully in his sleep on April 23, 1993 near Yuma, Arizona. Sonia Maria Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Maria Sotomayor born June 25, 1954 is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. Sotomayor is the Court's 111th justice, its first Hispanic justice, and its third female justice. Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City and is of Puerto Rican descent. Sotomayor graduated with an A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal. She was an advocate for the hiring of Latino faculty at both schools. She played an active role on the boards of directors for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, and her nomination was confirmed in 1992. In 1995, she issued a preliminary injunction against Major League Baseball which ended the 1994 baseball strike. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. On the Second Circuit, Sotomayor heard appeals in more than 3,000 cases and wrote about 380 opinions. Sotomayor has taught at the New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retired Justice David Souter. Her nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate in August 2009 by a vote of 68–31. Great Movies to Watch With celebrating Latino Heritage during the month, check out some movies that feature Latin American actors/actresses in the business. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock's true virtuosos and guiding lights. Since 1966, he has led the group that bears his surname, selling over 30 million albums and performing before 13 million people. Though numerous musicians have passed through Santana’s ranks, the continuing presence of Carlos Santana at the helm has insured high standards. From the earliest days, when Santana first overlaid Afro-Latin rhythms upon a base of driving blues-rock, they have been musical sorcerers. The melodic fluency and kineticism of Santana's guitar solos and the piercing, sustained tone that is his signature have made him one of rock’s standout instrumentalists. Coupled with the polyrhythmic fury of drums, congas and timbales, the sound of Santana in full flight is singularly exciting. Underlying it all is Santana's belief that music should "create a bridge so people can have more trust and hope in humanity.” Community people that you should know… Rudy Lozano Community Activist 1951–1983 Rudy Lozano's short life was characterized by passionate community activism. He strove to empower workers and forge coalitions among Latinos, African Americans, and other minorities. Lozano's activism began at a young age. While a student at Harrison High School, he organized a movement to teach Mexican history classes. Later, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lozano helped create the Latin American Recruitment Program. In 1981, Lozano became the Midwest Regional Organizing Director of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. He worked to register voters in Chicago, and to defend minority workers' interests. He was well known for his efforts to organize the factory workers at the Del Rey Tortilleria. In 1983, he lost a close race for alderman of the 22nd Ward. Newly elected Mayor Harold Washington enlisted him as his liaison to the Latino community. A short time later, Lozano was shot to death at his home. Washington praised him as "a man driven by a search for unity among people." Real Women Have Curves (2002) Director: Patricia Cardoso Stars: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros and Ingrid Oliu Awards: Humanitas Prize from the Sundance Film Festival; Best Debut Performance from the Independent Spirit Awards Synopsis: The coming-of-age plot revolves around Ana Garcia, a Mexican-American teenager living in an East Los Angeles barrio. It is marked by the issues of gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience. Frida (2002) Director: Julie Taymor Stars: Selma Kayek, Alfred Molina and Geoffery Rush Awards: Won the Oscar for Best Make-up. Won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Music (Original Score) Synopsis: A biographical film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) Director: Walter Salles Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna and Mercedes Moran Awards: Won Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for a Motion Picture Synopsis: A biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara who would later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. El Cantante (2006) Director: Leon Ichaso Stars: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and John Ortiz Synopsis: The film is based on the life story of salsa legend Héctor Lavoe (played by Marc Anthony). In the film, Marc Anthony portrayed a music legend and "Anthony's personal tribute to Lavoe was his imitation of not just Lavoe's style, but his voice, his delivery, his timing - well, it was quite amazing and true to Lavoe.” Selena (1997) Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos and Jon Seda Awards: Won an Alma Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film (Edwards James Olmos), Outstanding Actress in a Film (Jennifer Lopez), Outstanding Feature Film, Outstanding Latino Director in a Film (Gregory Nava). Synopsis: An American biographical drama film about the life and career of the late Tejano music star Selena.
What’s on Your Menu? This month Staff Management will be holding a companywide Latino/Hispanic inspired potluck? Not sure what to bring? Check out these recipes to impress your colleagues at the fiesta!