September 15 to October 15 is celebrated nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month. It traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. More than 500 years of Hispanic and Latino history and heritage can be found in national parks or shared through National Park Service programs and partners in communities across the country.
Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.
Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.
(lifted from Wikipedia)
Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day, and also known as, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth's commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.
(Lifted from www.awarenessdays.com)
Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world. Why was June chosen? Because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969.
As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants.
The New York Pride Parade is one of the largest and most well known parades to take place, with an estimated 500,000 people participating in it by the time it had reached its 25th anniversary.
Pride Month is so important because it marks the start of huge change within the LGBT+ community, as well as the wider societal implications. Although attitudes and injustice still remain, we have come a long way since the riots of 1969 and by continuing in this long standing tradition we continue to raise awareness, improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness. #Pride2022
What were the Stonewall Riots?
The riots were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The LGBT community held a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations to protest against the raid and calling for the establishment of places that gays and lesbians could go and be open about their sexual orientation. In such places there should be no fears of being arrested. The riots served as a catalyst for the rights of LGBT people, and within 6 months, 2 gay activist groups had formed in New York. Over the years since the event, many gay rights organisations have been formed. Not just in the US but around the world.
What is LGBT or Gay Pride?
It is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people it is a way of protesting about discrimination and violence. It promotes their dignity, equal rights, self-affirmation and is a way of increasing society’s awareness of the issues they face.
Who Started the June Celebration?
Known as the “Mother of Pride”, it was Brenda Howard who coordinated the first LGBT Pride march. As well as sparking the idea for a week of events around Pride Day. These events then developed into the annual LGBT celebrations held every June.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Established by the U.S. Congress in the 1990s, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month highlights the stories of people in the United States who are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. This includes people from the Asian continent and islands across the South Pacific including Hawaii, American Samoa, Federated Islands of Micronesia, Guam, and more.
NATIONAL MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AWARENESS DAY
MMIW Awareness Red Dress Project (located on the Ukiah Campus) is made possible through the efforts of tribal elder Valerie Stanley of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians. Valerie reached out to the community and gathered the dresses from women near and far. She worked closely with Bonnie Lockhart, Student Equity and Achievement Specialist at Mendocino College to coordinate with Mendocino College maintenance department, marketing, and the administration to bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womem. The Red Dresses symbolize the continued need for awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) (+ girls and people) across North America including the Hawaiian Islands. Indigenous Women are 10X more likely to be murdered than any other ethnicity. For generations, these stories and experiences have been silenced and stigmatized. The Red Dresses symbolize honoring, remembering, and sharing the reality that many Indigenous women have endured and recognize those who are currently struggling in the cycle of violence. The dresses will remain up on our campus until the end of the month to raise awareness. Follow this link for more information on MMIW: https://www.nativewomenswilderness.org/mmiw
Artwork included in the State St. Sign was created by Maddie Lamb Sanders originally as a mural located in Muskogee, OK. Maddie Sanders is a Mvskoke & Mojave artist skilled in various mediums such as graphic design, painting, photography, mural work, and beadwork. She is also a model and small business owner. Her work focuses on the revitalization and renewal of Indigenous arts. To see more of Maddie's work visit: https://maddiesanders.com
** We are placing red dresses on campus entry May 2-May 6th.*** with support of the Mendocino College Maintenance Department
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