It’s National Picnic Week and since you’re reading this, we’re assuming you’re the altruistic, enjoy-every-moment type. So trust that as we help you set the tone of your fictional (or real) picnic, we’ll give you a vetted, Latino driven and focused organization that deserves your money. Who knows, maybe you’ll even plan the picnic IRL to raise awareness for the cause?
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Where's the picnic at?
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Pick a basket, any basket.
Will there be salad?
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Play a song to set the mood.
What food can a picnic not exist without?
Whose *not* invited?
Pick a field of flowers you'd want to be in.
Ok, really, talk about the humans invited.
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What's one word you want your guests to describe your picnic?
Pick a butterfly.
Pick a beverage.
What's the dream ending to your picnic?
Dessert: will it make an entrance?
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Will there be ghost stories?
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Plan A Picnic And We’ll Tell You What Organization You Should Donate To
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
NLIRH is doing the research nobody else is--understanding how Latinas suffer under gender inequality, especially in regards to access to healthcare. Then, NLIRH is using policy change and Latina leadership development to advance a reproductive justice agenda to include immigrant healthcare, abortion access, and affordable healthcare.
You're ready to let patriarchy rest in pieces, now more than ever. We're not rewinding history and we're not letting women of color and immigrants get left behind in anyone's version of feminism. This is it, you're here for it.
Trans Latina Coalition
TLC is formed by Trans Latinx leaders *for* trans Latinx immigrants living in the U.S. They work with policy makers to find solutions to trans peoples' unique needs, especially those living in detention centers without access to appropriate healthcare.
You are abounding in inclusive energy because you know justice reform must be intersectional, and you are intentional about creating space for this advocacy work from picnic conversations to your pocketbook.
Freedom for Immigrants
Freedom for Immigrants is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. They are the only nonprofit in the country monitoring the human rights abuses faced by immigrants detained by ICE through a national hotline and network of volunteer detention visitors, while also modeling a community-based alternative to detention that welcomes immigrants into the social fabric of the United States.
You and Freedom for Immigrants have a lot in common--you're both changing the world one person, one step at a time, and feel everyone has a right to a safe space of belonging.
Spay Mexico is aiming to end pet overpopulation and homelessness in Mexico one animal at a time. It's vision is to create affordable and free spay and neuter surgeries for responsible guardians and homeless animals alike.
You can't imagine your animal companion left to fend for him or herself in the streets anymore than any other dog or cat. Your heart is big enough to extend to a range of issues, and you won't leave anyone behind.
Sports teams are more than just a source of entertainment for the masses. Teams work as hubs for community cohesion and as a social glue that brings people from different backgrounds together. We can’t think of Boston without its fierce and amazing Red Sox fan communities. We can say the same of our good old Los Angeles, which the great late novelist Carlos Fuentes described as the multicultural city of the future. Los Angeles is in equal measures the city of dreams, tinsel town and the place where millions of people from all over the world come to get a piece of the American Dream. Besides the rich Latino presence in the city, there are equally strong ethnic communities such as the thriving Korean, Ethiopian and Central American comunidades.
It only fitting, then, for the city to have a baseball team that represents the spirit of solidarity of these communities. That team is the MLB organization Los Angeles Dodgers.
They did not originate in Los Angeles, but Los Dodgers are as Cali as it comes!
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Contemporary fans might not know this, but Los Dodgers were established in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883. They moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and the rest is history. They have been part of the community for decades due to their charity efforts and just plain awesomeness. The Dodgers Foundation holds multiple events throughout the year. Here, we can see player Ross Stripling reading to more than 100 chamaquitos at the Enendale Library.
This week The Los Angeles Dodgers and Mayor Eric Gracetti visited children in need.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by the extraordinary L.A. Dodgers, L.A. Dodgers Foundation, and the Getty House Foundation to present gift cards to young people experiencing homelessness. This initiative was part of MLB’s ‘Home Plate Project’ to take action against food insecurity. More than 650 kids whose families are experiencing homelessness received $50 dollar gift cards. This is a a huge help for families who are basically surviving meal by meal. Said Garcetti during the event: “Who’s been hungry in this room before? … We believe that it’s the right of every little boy and girl and big boy and girl and young men and young women to make sure that they don’t have to worry about their next meal”. Many of these kids come from Latino and African-American families.
The Dodgers have deep roots in the Latino community.
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Latinos have a deep and cherished sense of solidarity. Mario Lopez, who was raised in a working-class Mexican Catholic family, is a big fan. Just look at those dimples, totally happy being there with his kid under the Los Angeles sun, just watching the game and enjoying a much deserved chelita.
We still can’t get over Karamo’s Dodgers hat collection!
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And of course one of the Latinos of the moment, Karamo Brown from Queer Eye (yes, he has Cuban blood sabor!), has a huge LA Dodgers hat collection. His overall awesomeness and love for just causes just fits with the Dodgers, right?
And being a Dodgers fan is a family tradition for many proud Cali Latinos.
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If you go to Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park you will see a lot of Latino families enjoying the game. Nothing cutter than seeing a gown-up Latina watching a game with his papito santo or their abuelo.
Los Angeles Dodgers are basically el equipo de la gente.
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According to estimates drawn by Jaime Jarrin, the Dodgers’s Spanish-language announcer, an average crown at Dodger Stadium is 45% Latino!
They have a whole Spanish-speaking media team to connect with the community.
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Yes, you can follow the team in the official Spanish-language website https://www.mlb.com/es/dodgers. And of course los puedes seguir on various social media platforms. The management really knows how to connect with aficionados!
And of course, the love Mexican-Americans have for Los Dodgers started with the legendary Fernando Valenzuela.
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It all changed in 1981, when Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela became a huge star. In a New York Times article Dodger fan Angie Varela said: ““In the ’70s, I didn’t feel the love so much. Then, in the ’80s, there was a huge number of Mexican-Americans that came out because of Fernando Valenzuela. But now? This is the most I’ve ever seen”. Yes, Dodger fandom is alive and well!
Valenzuela is a cultural icon that went far beyond sports and defined what hard working talented migrants look like!
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For many Mexican-Americans, Valenzuela was the hero they had long waited for, a sports figure that mainstream America could learn to respect. And he is still admired by all, including our very own amazing Latino Danny Trejo, a community leader in his own right.
Alejandro Sanz has landed in the U.S. to kick of his La Gira tour and with that he is creating a new movement in support of Dreamers – undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. at a young age and have lived their entire lives stateside. Many A-listers are getting behind La Tortura singer’s Dreamers initiative which can easily be supported by means of a t-shirt. Ricky Martin, Camila Cabello and J Balvin are a few of the Latino celebs who have shared selfies wearing the charitable and comfy-looking tops.
The all-black shirts come in an array of styles including the classic t-shirt style, long sleeves, sleeveless and racerback tank tops and are available to purchase for the budget-friendly price of $26.99. Each of the shirts features #Dreamers written across the front with the letter A written upside down and encircled.
Funds from the shirts will help the Ascend Educational Fund which provides funds for their education, the Dream Big Nevada DACA renewal fund and the Immigrants Rising’s that provides subsidies to undocumented entrepreneurs who work to create positive social change.
The Puerto Rican singer shared a photo wearing the classic style tee. Next to it he wrote, “Every great dream begins with a DREAMER. Don’t let anyone threaten your dreams or make you feel like you don’t belong.”
Ricky Martin supported the Spanish singer by posting a selfie where he looks completely chill and relaxed. He wrote, “I’m joining my friend Alejandro on this great initiative to support the Dreamers in the US. Because #WeAllDream. We all belong. We are all one. And EVERYONE matters.”
The Señorita singer didn’t fall behind as she also supported Dreamers. On her stories Camila shared a selfie and wrote, “I’m joining my friend @alejandrosanz on the initiative to support the #Dreamers in the US!!!” She continued, “Because they are kids just like us just trying to do the best they can in this world.”
The Venezuelan-Argentine singer did his part and supported the cause with a snap that he captioned with, “Alejandro asked me to call your attention, in his name and those of #dreamers… I also join this beautiful campaign.”
Colombiano J Balvin didn’t hesitate in purchasing a t-shirt and a coffee to go. The Con Altura singer shared a stylish pic wearing an all-black ensemble and standing next to a food truck. “A good coffee and a good cause CharityStars.com/Alejandro #WeallDream.”
The Spanish singer took part in the movement with a pic showcasing her support (and her flawless skin!).
The Mexican singer shared a radiant, fresh-faced selfie simulating a polaroid. “I think, then exist. I dream, then live. All dreams are important. And we can do more than by supporting with words. We can support with actions,” she wrote.
The Mexican-American actress proudly supports Alejandro with a stunning photo she captioned with, “I like people that don’t just stand still in moments of unease or discomfort. I like the kind of people who actually do something for change. That’s why I’ve joined @alejandrosanz, the #DreamerTeam and the Dreamers in standing together to fight for this cause.”
Of course, Alejandro himself also took to social media to share how he wears the charitable shirt by posting his own smiling pic. “I wear the t-shirt of dreams fulfilled, and you? #DREAMERS #DreamerTeam #WeAllDream”
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