For the Hernandez family, there was one loved one missing at this year’s holiday table. Eyvin Hernandez, 44, a beloved son, father and brother, was wrongfully detained in Venezuela in March 2022. His return home is obstructed by the current legal situation he faces in the South American country. Hernandez can face up to 16 years in prison after being charged with criminal association and conspiracy by the Venezuelan government. Today, Hernandez is being held in DGCIM, a maximum security military prison and one of the most notorious prisons in Cataratas, Venezuela.
Latinx Parenting, both an online and in-person bilingual organization, is not only rooted in social justice and intergenerational healing, but in the rights and well-being of Latinx children, who, make up 26 percent of the nation’s total child population. To best serve Latinx families, Latinx Parenting offers a multitude of workshops and courses, such as Decolonized Nonviolent Parenting, Ending Chancla Culture and Healing the Madre Wound, for families and current and former Latinx children. CALÓ NEWS spent time with Leslie Priscilla, Latinx Parenting’s founder, to discuss her own Latinx childhood experience, the inner workings and offerings of the organization and additional resources.
The University of California at Berkeley’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Initiative began in 2018 with aims to get more Latinx students into the University of California’s system. The program was founded in 2018 by Frederico Castillo, an Environmental/Agricultural economist professor at UC Berkeley.
Knowing how important jeans are too many people and hoping to make the buying experience a million times better, Daniela Rodriguez, CEO, and Andre Ramirez, co-founder, founded Neems Jeans in March 2020. Neems Jeans is a Los Angeles-based, custom-made jeans brand, with two important values: to create jeans that are sustainable and environmentally friendly and to be inclusive and create pieces that fit people’s unique body types.
Having Bass as the new mayor of LA has sparked a conversation about whether she will hold the council members accountable for their actions and support honest and adequate representation in City Hall and the city’s districts. “It’s too easy of a political campaign,” said Alexandro Hernandez, associate professor of Chicanx Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). “I don’t think electing Bass as Mayor of LA is something [City Hall and voters] can use to sweep everything with the audio leak under the rug and act like everything is better now.”
Diaz is a mother of three children; two boys and a girl. She started as a volunteer at Clinica Romero when one of her children was in high school. “Someone from Clinica Romero gave us a workshop one day and I raised my hand and participated,” Diaz said. Around that time, a promotora from Clinica Romero mentioned to Diaz that she would be a good candidate as a community health worker. “I told the promotora I was too shy for that and that I couldn’t do that, but she convinced me and here I am, six years later.
CALÓ NEWS spoke with Latinos on the streets of LA about De León’s refusal, the issue of racism within the Latino community, and what the community needs from its officials going forward.
The audio leak comes one month before the city election, where multiple council seats are sought, including the mayor’s position. “We hope this new election will spark a movement holding our local politicians accountable and having them be more transparent and honest in their work,” says Luis López Reséndiz. Following the news of Nury Martinez and city council members, CALÓ NEWS recently spoke with Luis López Reséndiz, CIELO’s director of the center of language and power department, to understand the feelings within the Indigenous and Latino communities after the leak in-depth.
According to the American Cancer Society, men and women are at a higher risk for cancers associated with infectious agents such as the liver, stomach and cervix. In LA County, the Latinx community is the largest community the American Cancer Society serves. Cancer is the leading cause of mortality within the community, accounting for 20% of deaths. Many unfortunate circumstances prevent individuals within the Latinx community from seeking treatment, such as socioeconomic status, system racism, access to health care, and cultural values and beliefs. “Road to Recovery” will be run through a mobile-friendly website to make it easier for volunteers to view and accept ride requests.
Calderon has begun her dream of building her own business that ties in two of her own identities: veganism and horror. In April 2020, she began creating apparel and clothes in the horror genre. Now she owns two online stores: Cats Intuition, her first online store, and Brujita Vegana. She describes her merchandise as “horror-centric,” with many of the items being from popular movies like “Halloween” (1978) or “Scream” (1996).
When I was born in the mid-1960s, I inherited six siblings. Two of them self-identified as Chicanos. They were the first to do so in my family. I was young, but I remember the clothes. The signs touting “Chicano Power” and “Brown Power.” The emblems of fists and fists raised in the air. The rallies for justice. The marches, walk-outs and sit-ins. I remember the feeling of being protected by the Brown Berets when I attended a rally or march.
Moreno is now a psychologist and faculty counselor at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a counselor at CSULB for the past 24 years. She has been in charge of a drop-in space at CSULB called Latinas at the Beach for the past 24 years. It’s where Latina students can openly share their struggles and thoughts with their peers.