AUSTIN, TX, AUGUST 10, 2017 – Latina Mami, a celebrated grassroots organization created for and by Latina mothers, announces a new office in South Austin to better support Latina mothers and children in Austin. At its new location, Latina Mami will have a weekly drop-in clinic at its new location and will be offering platicas, or chats, as well as ongoing support groups for Latina mothers. The group is also hosting an informational breakfast meeting and an opportunity for local mamis to meet its lead organizers on Saturday morning, August 12th from 9am to 11 am.
Latina Mami’s new location is made possible through a partnership with The Harmony Project, a nonprofit devoted to the needs of persons with developmental disabilities.
“As a longtime disability advocate, I’m very excited that Latina Mami Austin is able to incorporate the needs of people with disabilities into some of our projects,” states Gloria Perez-Stewart, Latina Mami executive director. “Latina Mami’s calendar already incorporates racial justice topics as they pertain to students with disabilities, as the two are intertwined and not many groups address the needs of both. Working at our new location–across from Crockett High School, and directly beside two groups focused on people with disabilities–is an excellent opportunity for us in Austin,” says Perez-Stewart.
Latina Mami offers a unique combination of culturally relevant services of capacity-building tools for Latina mothers of children around advocacy and organizing. In addition to education and disability advocacy, platica topics range from mental health, anti-violence, and organizing, and also self-care for mamis as well as topics for new Latina mothers.
The peer-led group has been working on child advocacy, racial justice, and equity concerns for Latinas and their children since 2000. Latina Mami previously offered everything from babysitting collectives to ESL classes to informal birth classes to their “Mamis of Color” radio show that ran for eight years on KOOP 91.7. The nonprofit has been recognized by progressive foundations, Latina Magazine, and Univision, and has been highlighted as a model for grassroots organizing in published, peer-reviewed academic articles.
Latina Mami is receiving a grant for its Mamis Ayudando a Mamis project. The organization will be announcing a new location in South Austin in August 2017. Latina Mami Austin projects will be run collectively by Perez-Stewart and Latina Mami lead organizers Jessica Ochoa Zamarripa, Diana Anzaldua and Liz Cruz.
Latina Mami’s new location is at 1806 W. Stassney Lane, and will be open weekly beginning in September as well as monthly for larger community meetings. To register for the breakfast information meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about how Latina Mami organizes working-class Latina mothers to move past inaction and traditional barriers, please visit www.latinamami.org.
Contact: Diana Anzaldua
Latina Mami Austin
2028 E. Ben White Blvd. #240-2124
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 956-8512 or email@example.com