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Latino Textile Artist Asks For Help To Reach Fundraising Goal


Ruben Marroquin of Brideport

Lisa S. Lenkiewicz


Latino visual artist, textile designer and weaving instructor Ruben Marroquin is a big dreamer.

For the past two years, he has operated an art and weaving studio out of a storefront at the Arcade Mall in downtown Bridgeport.

Now he wants to go a step further and build a sustainable business offering weaving workshops to those who wish to learn the crafts of weaving and fiber art making. To reach this goal, he organized an online fundraising campaign on the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. Those who donate $15 or more will receive a gift, ranging from a small woven sample, all the way up to a hand-woven throw for a donation of $1,000 or more.  As of press time, his campaign has raised $3,470 towards his $5,000 goal. The campaign ends on March 7.

Funds raised will not only help Marroquin improve …

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34,000 Black and Latino Churches Sever Ties With The Presbyterian Church Over Its Re-definition Of Marriage

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The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of approximately 34,000 churches spanning various denominations and representing an estimated 15.7 million African Americans and Latinos, has “broken fellowship” with the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) after a majority vote was reached among the denomination’s regional presbyteries to redefine marriage.

As previously reported, last June, the General Assembly of PCUSA, headquarted in Louisville, Kentucky, voted 76-24 to allow licensed ministers to officiate same-sex ceremonies. Delegates within the denomination also approved a proposal to change language in the PCUSA Book of Order to redefine marriage from being a union between “a man and woman” to rather only “two persons.”

But the change was not to become official until its 172 regional presbyteries across the country voted on the matter. Earlier this month, PCUSA reached its majority vote in order to ratify the amended language, generating both applause and sadness from various …

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Leaders On Board – New Program Places Latinos In Leadership Roles

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Leadership Greater Hartford’s ‘Leaders on Board’ program helped place Desiree Vazquez, a 26-year old Program Administrator on the Kinsella, Inc. Board of Directors

Jay Sloves

There was a time when just getting your foot in the right door was the goal of a young Latino professional. Now, thanks to Leadership Greater Hartford’s (LGH) “Leaders on Board” program, community organizations are also benefiting from their skills and insight at the policy making level.   

Two of these Latinos are Desiree Vazquez, a 26-year old Program Administrator at Eversource, who is the Secretary of the Board of Directors at the Kinsella Arts School, and  41-year old mother and grandmother Marisol Cardona, a Senior Brokerage Operations Associate at Prudential Retirement, who sits on three community boards— CT Alive, Latino Community Services (LCS) and Sonia Plumb Dance Company. Both Desiree and Marisol were placed through the “Leaders on Board” program.


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