Latina on the Run: Angela’s Sacramento Summer 2014 Amuck Running Rundown

It has been about 2 months since my last blog post – and a lot has happened! Before I fill everyone in with where I’m at now, here’s a quick run down of the fun I’ve had in Sacramento, California so far. It’s been a busy summer of community, volunteer, and Latin events with Eric Ratinoff and Chicas Latinas de Sacramento… and it’s not over yet!

Before all the Hispanic Heritage Month and Dia de los Muertos events and posts come, without further adieu I give you… “the reasons I haven’t posted in ages.” 

  • Volunteered with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, Feeding and Clothing the Homeless
  • I barely made it to (the last) Fiesta en la Calle (of the season), but I made it!
  • Attended Mexican American Vintners Association, Harvest Festival in Napa with Eric Ratinoff
  • Eric Ratinoff was Nominated (and selected) for “Best of the Bar.” View the Press release
  • Chicas Latinas members volunteered at Feria de Educación 
  • Did I mention Chicas Latinas is hosting a Shoe Drive for Hagginwood Elementary School?

Please help us reach our goal, we’re not quite there yet: http://chicasshoedrivedonate.eventbrite.com/

  • Was invited to hear President of Mexico’s, Enrique Peña Nieto, address at the California State Capitol, presented by Gov. Brown
  • El Grito de Dolores, El Día de la Independencia de México, in Sacramento is simply breathtaking!

And there’s more… wait for it! 😉 

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Soapbox: Hispanic Heritage Month

It is Hispanic Heritage Month! I’m always excited for this time of year, the community / cultural events and the ability to share and introduce my culture to others, but during this time I am also reminded that culture, identity, and pride lasts longer than a month. I am Mexican-American 365 days out of the year ❤

MOST Hispanics I know do not celebrate or recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. Most Mexicans I know do not celebrate or recognize Mexican Independence Day. Most, however,  DO celebrate Cinco de Mayo… often without fully understanding what the holiday is.

I invite Latinos, Hispanics, Mexican-Americans, and _______-Americans (however your identify yourself) to take Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to understand your culture’s history, traditions, and contributions and celebrate with a true understanding and pride.

It is nice to recognize, celebrate, and share our contributions and culture with others during this month (Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15), but let’s not forget to recognize, celebrate, and share it year round. We deserve it, from others… but most importantly, from ourselves.

Why? Because we’re awesome and we matter…

• 1 in 6 Americans are Hispanic.
• 23 million U.S. workers are Hispanic.
• U.S. Hispanic-owned businesses increased by 43.7 percent to 2.3 million between 2002-2007. The national growth rate for all new businesses founded was 18 percent during the same period.
• 40 percent of new U.S. households within the next decade will be Hispanic.
• Hispanic purchasing power is expected to grow from $1.2 trillion in 2012 to $1.5 trillion in 2015.

(Statistics: http://bit.ly/1dj98pb)

Every morning I wake up, I celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day… I invite you to do the same. Let this month be the beginning of your personal celebration.

PBS debuts part one of a six-hour documentary American Latino history on Wednesday, September 17th: 

Learn, love, and live with pride.