Fiesta Del Otono on Saturday

We are all immigrants in our own way, and we have that in common, said Rafi Khalid II, the director of a Safe and Civil City. That commonality, “Why We are All Immigrants”, is the theme for Fiesta del Otono this year.

The eleventh annual Fiesta del Otono will be Saturday at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market at 401 N. Morton St.


Fiesta del Otoño (Fall Cultural Festival) 2015

Fiesta2015Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the 10th Annual Event Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Local Latino artists and community members from many different Latin American and Caribbean countries will showcase their traditions and talents through food, dance, music, activities for the kids, and more. Bring the whole family!

For more information, contact the Latino Programs Office at (812) 349-3860 or

Position: Health Projects Coordinator

Position: Health Projects Coordinator

Term of Employment: August 2013- June 2014 Contract Year

Part Time: 25 hours/week maximum

Hourly wage: $15


The primary objective of the Health Projects Coordinator is to create a bridge between providers of health, social and community services and underserved and often hard-to-reach Latino population within the community.  The CCL Health Projects Coordinator provides outreach, education, referrals and follow-up services to those who are at highest risk for poor health outcomes, particularly those at risk of chronic disease conditions that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, tobacco use and HIV/STD/HEP.

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Taller de Poesía y Edición de Libros CartonerosTaller de Poesía y Edición de Libros Cartoneros

cartoneroLearn about Latin American poetry and make your own cardboard book from recycled materials. The workshop will include reading poems from Latin American authors, creative writing, cover design, illustration, and book binding. Workshop led by poet and editor Giancarlo Huapaya and coordinated by Cristian Medina.

[more]cartoneroTaller de poesía y edición artesanal de libros cartoneros. Comprensión lectora (se leerán a poetas latinoamericanos y estadounidenses), escritura creativa, diseño de tapas, técnicas de stencil, collage, compaginado, encuadernado y encolado; forman parte del proceso de este divertido y educativo taller. Recicla y edita. Realizado por el poeta, editor y gestor cultural: Giancarlo Huapaya. Coordinador: Cristian Medina


Latino Faculty and Staff Council at IU Bloomington presents awards

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Bloomington faculty members, staff and students will be recognized Friday, April 26, for outstanding service to the university’s Latino community.

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The Latino Faculty and Staff Council Latino Awards will be presented in a ceremony at 6 p.m. at Oliver Winery, 8024 N. Ind. 37, Bloomington. The awards recognize individuals or groups that have participated in service and mentoring, promoted diversity initiatives and developed awareness in the areas of culture, arts, health, economy, language or education. [More]

Organizing to Combat Wage Theft

“Organizing to Combat Wage Theft” is the topic of a public presentation by two representatives of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m., in the Monroe County Public Library auditorium. Presenters are Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow, who serves as IWJ national organizer, and Dianne Enriquez, who serves as IWJ national worker center network coordinator.

“Wage theft—not getting paid for your work or not getting paid everything you’re owed—is an epidemic problem throughout the U.S., and Indiana is no exception,” says John Clower, facilitator of South-Central Indiana Jobs with Justice. “We’re thrilled to be hosting two speakers from Interfaith Worker Justice, perhaps the leading national organization focused on this problem.”

“The best protection against wage theft,” continues Clower, “is to belong to a union. But for the large number of non-unionized workers, other remedies need to be pursued, in conjunction with the enforcement work of state and federal departments of labor.”

As IWJ national organizer, Choi-Morrow helps new interfaith groups form across the country by connecting local religious, academic and labor communities. She studied Political Science and Urban Studies at Wheaton College and earned an M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary. She is a deacon at Edgewater Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Before joining IWJ, Sung Yeon worked as a community organizer for the Asian American Institute, particularly on issues of immigration reform, the state budget, redistricting and voting.

Enriquez has more than 10 years of experience as a lead organizer, popular education trainer, and campaign coordinator. Previously, she served as Director of Young Workers United in San Francisco, a worker center that organizes young and immigrant workers in the restaurant industry.

Event co-sponsors are South-Central Indiana Jobs with Justice and White River Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

For more information, e-mail

El Centro Comunal Latino (CCL) hiring PT Program Coordinator

El Centro Comunal Latino (CCL) in Bloomington, Indiana is hiring for a part-time office manager and program coordinator. The position begins immediately and may be renewable for the entire 2012-2013 fiscal year. The ideal coordinator will have Spanish-English communication skills and have prior experience in health promotion and programming. If you want to make a difference in the community by serving a non-profit organization with the potential to serve and develop critical programming skills we strongly recommend you apply. A cover letter and reseme should be sent to CCL’s board president Becky Pérez at . Please see the attached document for more information about roles and responsibilities for the position.”

Latino Leader and Organization/Agency Awards

Bloomington, IN – The City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs is seeking nominees for the Latino Leader and Organization/Agency Awards.
The deadline for submission of nominations is July 27th, 2012, and awards will be presented during the kickoff celebration for National Hispanic Heritage Month in September. Nomination forms are available in the City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department, Suite 260, and online at .

The Latino Leader and Agency/Organization awards recognize nominees who have made significant contributions to the Bloomington and/or Monroe County community.

Award Criteria: Through their contributions, nominees have been an influential role model, advocate for services and the rights for Latinos, and have shown continuous direct and effective involvement in the Latino community. This award seeks to recognize organizations in the following key areas:

Leadership– Through exemplary leadership, has contributed towards a specific goal or

objective that has benefited the Latino community and/or has been a role model in their profession/work.

Initiative– Continually responds to new and changing needs of the community .

Advocacy– Campaigns for issues that promote the inclusion and well-being of the Latino


Dedication– Works on issues and seeks solutions to problems based on the needs of the

professional and/or Latino community, not based on their own self-interests.

Nominations should include the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the nominee in addition to the reasons why the nominee merits the award. Those submitting nominations also should include their names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Nomination forms can be completed online at , turned in or mailed to the Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, Attn: Community and Family Resources Department, 401 North Morton Street, Suite 260, Bloomington, IN 47402.

For more information, please contact Melissa Britton at 349-3860 or