Right now there are Latinas around the country making life better for others. They're not famous or rich, but they have a passion to work for the Latino community.
They are using their voice, their know-how and their determination to fight for causes that will provide opportunities and fair treatment for Hispanics.
Some of you will know about them, because they're in your home state. Thanks to Wise Latinas Linked we are discovering these amazing Latina leaders.
Marta Bustamante: The "Barrio Professor"
Marta Bustamante's daughter-in-law, Lorie Bustamante is part of our group Wise Latinas Linked on Facebook. She shared the following:
"My mother-in-law passed away in 2003. She was a mover and shaker in Sacramento. She fought for the Hispanic community for everything from rights to helping anyone in need. She was a professor at California State University of Sacramento in the Chicano Studies Department with the title 'Barrio Professor'."
I hope some day someone writes down Marta's story: Everything from her childhood to her drive and passion to help the Hispanic community. I wish I would have had the opportunity to meet her. There is so much to learn from women like her.
July 13: Honoring the Latina Leader in Sacramento
On Saturday July 13, the Latino Social Work Network (LSWN) in Sacramento is offering a FREE summer workshop "How to care for children when parents are deported." This is the organizations way of honoring Marta Bustamante. A woman who fought for fairness and families.
As undocumented workers continue being deported, often their children are left behind. According to a report by KPBS:
"Hundreds, if not thousands, of deported parents are trying to reunite with children left behind in the United States. In 2011, some 1,500 children in Southern California were removed from detained or deported parents and placed in state care." (More)
To register for the summer workshop, email Juan Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call LSWN at 916-706-1496. Visit their website: Latino Social Work Network.
Thank you Lorie Bustamante for letting us know about your wonderful mother-in-law. May her legacy live on.