culture

Daughters of Latin America: Honoring our “ancestras”

Recently, Esperanza United and Encuentro Diáspora Afro hosted a virtual event highlighting “Daughters of Latin America,” a new anthology featuring writing from Latine women across the diaspora: Facilitated by Maya Doig-Acuna, writer and PhD candidate at Harvard University on African and African American Studies In conversation with Sandra Guzmán, editor and […]

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Empowering Latin@ Leadership: Interview with Patti Tototzintle

In our last blog of our Hispanic/Latin@ Heritage Month series celebrating inspiring Latin@ leaders, we’re proud to highlight the Latina who has helped guide our organization for over 20 years, Patricia (Patti) Tototzintle. About Patti Tototzintle Patti Tototzintle is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Esperanza United. Patti identifies […]

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Empowering Latin@ leadership: Two must-read books for Latin@s

Esperanza United is honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Hispanic Heritage Month by remembering the contributions of Latin@ leaders who have worked to foster healthy communities free from gender-based violence. Through the “Empowering Latin@ Leadership” blog series, we’ve been focusing on various aspects of Latin@ leadership. Now, the question arises: How […]

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Why counting AfroLatin@s matters

On April 5, Esperanza United hosted a discussion about recognizing the importance of race in our community, “Why Counting AfroLatin@s Matters,” convening community leaders and academics who have dedicated their activism, careers and research to racial justice and the inclusion of Blackness in the Latin@ community. As a national Latin@ organization […]

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Remembering survivors and loved ones on Dia de los Muertos

By Zeenyace Flores Dia de los Muertos has a special meaning this year in Minnesota: with COVID-19 disproportionately affecting the Latin@ community, the killing of George Floyd still fresh in people’s memories, the murder of a young Latina women, Yadhira Romero Martines, bringing light to el feminicidio, and growing violence in […]

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Petrona Martinez and the healing beats of bullerengue

For Hispanic/Latin@ Heritage Month, Esperanza United is celebrating inspiring Latina artists who carve a pathway for our beautiful heritage to continue to flourish. So far, we’ve highlighted Black Latina writer, poet, musician and speaker, Melania Luisa Marte, and Zine leader and pioneer, Daisy Salinas. This week we’re highlighting a Latina leader […]

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Daisy Salinas inspires art activism in Latin@ communities

For Hispanic/Latin@ Heritage Month, Esperanza United is celebrating inspiring Latina artists who carve a pathway for our beautiful heritage to continue to flourish. Last week, we highlighted Black Latina writer, poet, musician and speaker, Melania Luisa Marte. And this week, we’re proud to highlight a Latin@ leader who demonstrates how visual […]

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Melania Luisa Marte’s poetry brings visibility to Black Latinas

By Isela Cerosa-Mendiola For Hispanic/Latin@ Heritage Month, Esperanza United is celebrating inspiring Latina artists who carve a pathway for our beautiful heritage to continue to flourish. First up is Black Latina writer, poet, musician and speaker, Melania Luisa Marte. If you don’t know her already, Melania Luisa advocates, writes, and performs […]

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Celebrate Hispanic/Latin@ Heritage Month with us

It’s Hispanic/Latin@ Heritage Month! Regardless of what we call it, Esperanza United is excited to honor our culture and how it energizes us in our work to mobilize Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence. In the thirty days between September 15 and October 15, we will be doing lots to celebrate. […]

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