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Reverend Damaris Whittaker: Latina Trailblazer And Minister

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Annika Darling
CTLatinoNews.com
 

“Girls today they have all the stuff; they have it inside of them. I’m not talking about opportunities or access, but an inner strength to change the world. It’s in all of us. It has to be tapped.” ~ Reverend Damaris Whittaker

The Conference of Churches, a faith-based non-profit serving the greater Hartford area, has chosen their 2014 Catalyst Award Winners, and among them is a Latina who was selected for leading a career characterized by altruism, justice and inspiration. She is Reverend Damaris Whittaker, one of this year’s five winners who will be recognized for their “extraordinary leadership and transformation in Connecticut’s communities” at the Churches’ second annual fundraising Water to Wine gala on Thursday, Oct. 30.

“Rev. Whittaker is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She is a thought leader, peacemaker and courageous catalyst for change,” said the Rev. Shelley Best, president and …

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For Lt. Col. Lesbia Nieves In Recognition Of Her Work

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Lt. Col. Lesbia Nieves is the first Hispanic woman to serve as Lieutenant Colonel in the Connecticut Army National Guard and has been chosen to serve as one of the three honorary grand marshals in this year’s Connecticut Veterans Parade

Jennifer Supernaw
CTLatinoNews.com

 

Lt. Col. Lesbia Nieves says the most important thing she has learned from serving in the military is “If you dream and dream big, anything is possible.”

Now, Nieves is the first Hispanic woman to serve as Lieutenant Colonel  in the Connecticut Army National Guard and has recently received another prestigious honor. She has been chosen to serve as one of three honorary grand marshals in this year’s Connecticut Veterans Parade, the biggest veterans parade in New England and one of the largest in the country.

Nieves was chosen for her work on behalf of veterans since she returned from Iraq.  “To me, it means that …

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Latina Filmmaker Puts Spotlight On Domestic Violence

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After a lengthy process raising money on IndieGoGo, New York native Lorena Gordon has finished her first short film, “Times Like These,” inspired by her mother’s experience with domestic abuse.

“I wanted to give something back to my mom, and I had never seen any films on this topic,” said Gordon. “When the trailer was out on YouTube, the comments started flooding in. So many people related to the film. Bringing the awareness is so important, because it is still going on.”

   

Twenty to twenty five percent of Latinas will experience intimate partner violence during her lifetime, according to National Latin@ Network, and 1 in 20 have experienced domestic violence in the last year.

In New York City, groups like the Violence Intervention Program and the Manhattan Family Justice Center are trying to make sure awareness spreads beyond just during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“We are informing everyone …

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