The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is turning 15! Will you be there to help us celebrate this milestone? Our Quinceañera (15th Anniversary) is less than two weeks away. The celebration is Wednesday, October 7th at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. The event will begin at 7pm with music, Latin cuisine, and a silent auction that features $10,000 worth of items that you can bid on, including weekend getaways to NYC, DC, and Miami; a stunning Marc Jacobs Handbag; and tickets to see the Washington Redskins. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on the rest of the items.
After 15 years of being the first and only national Latina reproductive justice organization, NLIRH is excited to celebrate our accomplishments and rally support for the work ahead. Our mistress of ceremonies will be Maria Hinojosa of the critically acclaimed NPR show Latino USA.
We will also be recognizing three agents of social change who are making the world a better place for Latinas, their families, and their communities:
- VotoLatino will receive our Justicia award because their unrelenting efforts in registering more than 35,000 new voters in 2008’s historical presidential election showed America how powerful Latin@s are when we mobilize our communities.
- María Luisa Sánchez Fuentes, the Executive Director of GIRE, who led the successful campaign to decriminalize abortion in Mexico City, will receive our Dignidad award.
- Gloria Moreno, a Promotora de Salud and a leader in the Texas Latina Advocacy Network will receive our Salud award because her groundbreaking local work to connect community organizing around health care reform and reproductive justice is actually affecting change nationwide.
Finally, the evening’s entertainment will include performances by the world-renowned Masacote Salsa Dance Company and Mariachi Los Amigos, the longest existing mariachi ensemble in the Washington, DC-area. Click here to see their performance at the Kennedy Center.
Don’t miss out! Click here for more information and to buy your tickets today. I hope to see you all there!
By Krystal Chan, Development and Communications Intern