Monday, September 15, 2014

Honoring Latinas during Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time to recognize all the Hispanic women who have changed our lives for the better. We will be honoring these women on this blog. Feel free to give us a name of a Latina in your city who is contributing to the Hispanic community.  Leave it in the comments section.


Polly Baca-Barragan
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Polly Baca Barragan was a pioneer in the field of Hispanic women in politics. She's been a member of the Colorado state legislature. Baca Barragan was the first woman elected to chair the Democratic Caucus in the Colorado House of Representatives. She was also the first minority woman and first Hispanic women elected to the Colorado State Senate.

In an interview, the former State Senator said that she had "Wise Latinas" who inspired her to become a leader. She also recalled the days of segregation in Colorado, and seeing signs that read "No Mexicans or dogs allowed."

The NALEO honored Baca-Barragan in 2010 for her contributions to politics and the Latino community.  Baca-Barragan told the crowd "Its all of us together that create the path forward, and that creates the opportunity for our community and its not easy, its not easy…."

Read more on this remarkable woman:

Polly Baca-Barragan on Wikipedia
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hate: a crime against humanity

by Susana Baumann, guest blogger

Like alcohol or gambling, hate is an addiction. Just like a druggie or a drunk, haters are constantly self-involved in a negative emotion that changes their brain at risk of suffering adverse consequences. It also numbs their predisposition to accept and understand differences: why other people behave in different ways, believe in different ideas or simply look different.

Like an addiction, the real kicker of hate is extreme unhappiness with one self. Some people drowns in a bottle, others in constant hate against anything that in their view, prevents them to achieve their own self-involved purpose, namely power, money, happiness or dominance.

However, society accepts it as a “feeling,” a despiteful one but a socially accepted behavior. We even have come to accept that anger is a behavior that needs treatment and management at an individual level but we have not linked it directly with hate, its direct cause.

And when hate becomes a behavior stimulated by leaders and directed against an individual or a population for political, racist or religious reasons, provoking such an angry reaction that people cannot control their own behavior and put their lives at risk, it should be criminalized and prosecuted for what it really is: a crime against humanity.

Susana Baumann is an award-winning writer, multi-cultural expert, and public speaker.