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Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Metropolitan Community College
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Theme: Proud of our History & Embracing the Future
September 15 - October 15, 2020
Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.
Contact or 531-622-2253 for more information.

Chamber Music Theatre: Tres Vidas

Performed by the Core Ensemble, featuring Rosa Rodriguez as Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni

A chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano, percussion), based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. Text is by Marjorie Agosin. The show features a wide stylistic range of music including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written especially for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga.

Tuesday, October 6
12:30-1:45 p.m.
ZOOM presentation
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Lecture: 100 Years of Mexican Festivals in Omaha

Marcos E. Mora, Fiestas Patrias Omaha

Mexican festivals now celebrate 100 years as the longest ethnic celebrations in Omaha’s history. The first festival took place in 1920 along historic South 24th street. From the 1920s to the present, the Mexican community thrived to share its culture through music, dance, food and parade. Community activists would organize to put together its annual celebrations in May (Cinco de Mayo) and September (Mexican Independence) in South Omaha. Some years the celebration would be located along 24th Street and other years in halls and community centers. Leaders changed but the festivities carried on.
Now today, the tradition continues as the annual celebrations have become Omaha’s largest yearly events — attracting 250,000 spectators from six surrounding states.

Tuesday, October 13
6:30-7:30 p.m.
ZOOM presentation
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PANEL: COVID-19 Clusters in Meatpacking--An Avoidable Crisis

Moderator: Micky Devitt, JD, Legal and Policy Coordinator, Heartland Workers Center

Panelists: Gabriela Pedroza, Community Organizer and former packing house worker; Dulce CasteƱeda, daughter of packing house workers in Crete; and Alana Schriver, Senior Manager of Community Initiatives, Refugee Empowerment Center

Across the US, and here in Nebraska, clusters of Covid-19 cases have been linked to meatpacking plants. Frigid temperatures, cramped conditions, and long hours put meat processing workers at higher risk for contracting the novel coronavirus. When beef, pork, and poultry processing plants across the US emerged as dangerous new hot spots for the deadly respiratory disease, concern for the safety of this disproportionately immigrant and Hispanic/Latino workforce rose. According to the CDC, Latino workers at meat and chicken processing plants were the hardest hit by coronavirus, accounting for 56 percent of cases reported in plants in 21 states (2020, July 8. NBC News, retrieved from the NBC News website.)

Join the Heartland Workers Center and community members to share their experiences and learn about their efforts to fight for better working conditions and protections from COVID-19 in Nebraska's meatpacking plants.

Wednesday, October 14
10:30-11:45 a.m.
ZOOM presentation
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