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Creciendo Presents...
Creciendo Juntos is presenting an artist talk with our newest program
Social Justice through Creative Practice
Javier Zamora
Once again, in collaboration with The Bridge PAI and sponsorship of UVA Children Hospital, Creciendo Juntos is bringing Javier Zamora as part of our newest program,  Social Justice Through Creative Practice

Javier will be giving an artist talk that is open to the community on
October 9th at The Bridge Progressive Art Initiative (PAI) from 5:30pm-7:00pm .

You can find more information about him here: 
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States in 1999 when he was nine—travelling unaccompanied 4,000 miles, across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the US to be reunited with his parents. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), his first poetry collection, explores how immigration and civil war have impacted his life and family. This collection won the 2018 North California Book Award, the 2018 Firecracker Award, and was a finalist for the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is also the author of the chapbook Nueve Años Inmigrantes/Nine Immigrant Years, which won the 2011 Organic Weapon Arts contest. 
We are back in session! Here are the official dates for our Fall Meetings 2019 of Latinx Leaders Group!

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The Feminist on Cellblock Y
This documentary chronicles Success Stories, an organization delivering feminist workshops by and for incarcerated men. Richie "Reseda" Edmond-Vargas, the cofounder of Success Stories, will be leading a question and answer session following the film. Freed from prison in July 2018, he is a feminist ally, community organizer, and recording artist. The documentary illustrates Success Stories' work dismantling patriarchy from the inside using the stories and words of its incarcerated leadership.
When: October 11, 6-8PM
Where: Sojourners United Church of Christ, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville

For more information, click here !
Start by filling out this google form by October 31st,
Venceremos Magazine
PLUMAS ( Political Latinx United for Movement in Action and Society ) is releasing their first magazine this year featuring art of people in the Charlottesville community and UVA. The purpose of this new project is to provide a platform for minoritized individuals to display all types of art portraying an array of topics in their respective communities.

This magazine will be printed out and released around grounds and an electronic version will be available as well!

We encourage everyone regardless of background to submit any art (paintings, drawings, poetry, photography, etc.) to be featured in this year's magazine!
Hands Off Dance Off - Baile del "No Toquen"
Hands Off Dance Off!
September will mark the one year anniversary of Maria Chavalan Sut’s sanctuary journey. Join Hand's Off Maria in honoring Maria Chavalan Sut’s journey to freedom and her advocacy for others.
El més de septiembre marcará un año de aniversario del santuario de Maria Chavalan Sut. Únase a con Hands Off Maria para darle honor a la jornada de Maria Chavalan Sut hacia la libertad y el trabajo en su defensa por otrxs.
For more information click here.
Multicultural Health Celebration
Festival Multicultural de Salud

Add this free event that is centering around the health of women in our community in your calendar. There will be a variety of health tests available, free childcare for children under 5, children's activities, demonstrations on health topics, and remarks from Pamela Sutton-Wallace! Don't forget to mark your calendars!

Un evento gratis. Para dar conciencia a la salud y proveer un servicio necessario a la comunidad de Charlottesville; gracias a UVA Midlife Health, la Iniciativa de Salud Latina de UVA, United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, Sin Barreras, y the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

For more information, click here .
Mental Health
Enter Fall with these Healing Events!
Contact Info.
(434) 872-0047
info@thewomensinitiative.org . Se habla español
Main Office Jefferson School Office
1101 East High St. Charlottesville 233 4th St. NW
Highlighted Events:
Yoga for People of Color
3rd Sunday each month
Common Ground Healing Arts @ Jefferson School
Healing & Nurturing Space; Beginners welcome.

Gentle Mat/Chair Yoga
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am Nov. 5-Dec. 17
Main Office @ The Women's Initiative
Slow, mindful postures to‘tend and befriend’ your body

Knitting Circle
Thursdays, 5:30-7pm
Main Office @ The Women's Initiative
New and experienced knitters welcome.
Challenge Into Change
Do you have a Challenge into Change story to share?  Challenge into Change  is a forum for real-life stories about women transforming life challenges into opportunities for positive change and growth.
  • First-time writers encouraged to enter
  • Essays and poetry welcome—500 words or less
  • All eligible entries published
  • Cash prizes to winners
  • Authors honored at Virginia Festival of the Book
​Submission deadline is December 12, 2019
Latinx Spotlight
José Olivarez
"...I think there's a real hunger that people have in Charlottesville for poetry and for more sharing in community dialogue.”
Recently, Creciendo Juntos has recently brought to life a program titled Social Justice Through Creative Practice . Karina A. Monroy, the person behind this program, reasoned that “from poets to podcasters, our goal for these guest speakers is to provide inspiration and motivation to the Latinx community to begin their own creative initiatives for social change.  
Our first guest was José Olivarez, a Mexican-American author, poet and educator based in Chicago (he now lives in New York City). His most recent and well-known book is his collection of poetry “Citizen Illegal” that focuses on his experiences of identity of being a Mexican American son of immigrants and the overlapping identities that he explores over time in his writings. His writing also shares the hardships Latinx communities faces living in today’s times in America.
On the day of Olivarez’s first event, it was expected to be raining for the majority of the day. However, that didn’t discourage the upward of 50 people who piled into the small gallery of the Bridge Progressive Art Institute (PAI) to hear his readings.
At the beginning of the artist talk, Olivarez was also surprised by the presence of his family members, who had driven in from Richmond to see his live show. This perked up his energy but also made him nervous. In the end, he appreciated it more than ever. 
The following day, Olivarez had a 3-hour long workshop with the youth of Charlottesville that featured several poems from different poets such as Marhwa Helal, Morgan Parker, and many non-traditional poets that have ventured away from the traditional academia style of poetry. Another interesting note to the workshop was the inclusion of Latinx music to provide influence or guidance in our brainstorming sessions
Originally, I had wanted to sit down with José Olivarez to interview in person. However, with a tight schedule for both parties, it didn’t happen. Fortunately, we were able to schedule a phone call and have a conversation inspired by the artists talk and the workshop....

To read more of his interview, click down below!
Newsletter | Cj Network

Read José Olivarez's full interview here! Click on his picture to read his experiences in Charlottesville and the challenges he faces as a writer and poet..

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Program Intern - The Women's Initiative
The Women's Initiative is seeking a Programs Intern to join their administrative team. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about all facets of nonprofit management including office reception and coordination, grant research and writing, fundraising, marketing and finance, and human resources. Successful candidates will be flexible, reliable and organized and have a strong interest in nonprofit management and women’s mental health. They will also possess attention to detail, the ability to follow through with multiple conflicting demands, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. The Women’s Initiative is committed to building a diverse workforce and encourages candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. EOE.

Email cover letter and resume with the subject line “Programs Intern” to Molly O’Halloran at mohalloran@thewomensinitiative.org by October 15th . Position open until filled.
Mortgage Consultant (SAFE) - Wells Fargo
This individual is responsible for producing high quality loans that meet Wells Fargo Home Mortgage guidelines by building relationships with realtors, builders, financial professionals, bank stores, past customers and other nontraditional sources, while providing excellent customer service. Strong sales and organizational skills are essential. Bilingual job seekers are encouraged to apply. Must have 1+ year of sales experience in financial services, outside sales experience, or a combination of both

Click here for more information and to apply!
Part Time Faculty - CPR Instructor - Workforce Services Piedmont Virginia Community College 
Must be fluent in Spanish; American Heart Association Certified CPR Instructor
The successful candidate will possess skills, knowledge, experience and education in the subject area. Responsibilities include teaching courses for adult learners during the day and evening, on weekdays and weekends. Administrative duties include general clerical functions such as recording student class attendance and maintaining current course syllabus. Applications will be received and considered on a continuous basis. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the closing date for that semester.

In order to better serve our customers, PVCC will only accept online applications submitted through the Virginia Jobs site for this position. PVCC will not accept hand-delivered applications or applications submitted by mail, email, or fax. Cover letters, resume/curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts must be attached electronically to the online application.

Click here. for more information.
Customer Service Representative - Social Services
The Charlottesville Department of Social Services is seeking a qualified candidate to join their team for the position of Customer Service Representative who is highly motivated and who strive for success by demonstrating Charlottesville's Core Values of Leadership, Trust, Creativity, Respect, and Excellence. Performs responsible skilled clerical work involving customer service and the preparation and/or maintenance of fiscal or related records; does related work as required. Primarily and most frequently the work done here is under general supervision, with related functional areas and more advanced applications. Work is performed under regular supervision.

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Internship - Cville Immigrant Bond Fund
The Cville Immigrant Bond Fund is currently seeking an intern for 5-10 hours a week to further our mission of supporting immigrants in paying legal defense and ICE bond. This person should be bilingual, familiar with the impacted community, highly responsible and, dedicated to the work that we do. Responsibilities include: community outreach; management of applications for support (including a dedicated phone/whats app line); some administrative tasks and, if the person has 10 hours, assisting the coordinator of CIRAC's transportation network that provides rides to immigration court, check-ins, local appointments. He/she would report to and work most closely with our volunteer Executive Director but would also be included in the full spectrum of our activities. Contact Priscilla Mendenhall at cvilleimmigrantbond@gmail.com .

For more information on Cville Immigrant Bond Fund, click here .
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