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CELEBRATING NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

7th October 2020

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To recognize the significant contributions Hispanic Americans have made towards our society, here are a few of our favorite Hispanic-oriented works.

A is for Asylum Seeker: Words for People on the Move by Rachel Ida Buff

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“To the generations walking in caravans, riding in dangerous boats, waiting in makeshift quarters, living in the shadows for fear of deportation, enduring detention and family separation in ghettos, detention centers, and concentration camps around the world: May you find safe harbor and collective well-being; May we all learn from your beautiful, human acts of solidarity and resistance to tear down the walls that divide us.”

A clear and concise A to Z of keywords that echo our current human rights crisis

Rendered in both English and Spanish, this book offers a unique perspective on the journeys, histories, challenges, and aspirations of people on the move. Enhancing the book’s utility as an educa-tional and organizing resource, the author provides a list of works for further reading as well as a directory of immigration advocacy organizations throughout the United States.

The Kingdom Began in Puerto Rico by Angel Garcia

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How the South Bronx and Puerto Rican migration defined Fr. Neil Connolly’s priesthood as he learned to both serve and be part of his community

Telling a timely story about discovering the real mission of priesthood, urban ministry, and the Catholic Church in the United States, author Angel Garcia ably blends the dynamic forces of Church and world that transformed Fr. Connolly as he grew into his vocation. The book presents a rich history of the South Bronx and calls for all urban policies to begin with the people, not for the people. It also affirms the continuing relevance of Vatican II and Medellin for today’s Church and world, in the United States and Latin America.

scenery: a lyric by José Felipe Alvergue

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What is the kind of emotion a face demonstrates, or a body, an assembly?

In scenery, lyric’s public voice and memoir’s personal reconciliations confront the archives of America’s racial and legal histories, resulting in a genre-bending exploration of what it means to exist as oneself for an Other. The author, a Salvadorean immigrant and parent, reflects on the status of personhood in America between racial supremacy and racial disavowal, thinking through his own structural role as a naturalized citizen, and naturalization’s historical condition in the denial of full legal and emotional Black personhood. 

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