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Community : Governor Strickland to Attend Ohio Latino Awards Celebration
Posted by admin on 2007/4/21 15:20:00 (1562 reads)

The annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala is graced each year with women and men who through service, leadership, and accomplishment, have earned special recognition from the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA). This year, a very special Ohioan joinde community leaders, athletes, and artists to honor the awardees: Governor Ted Strickland.

Ohio Latino Affairs confers two different awards: the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan and the Nuestra Familia awards.

This year’s Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans include: Alfonso Cornejo of Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Anthony Gonzalez of the Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team, Juan Miranda of La Voz Hispana Newspaper, Margarita Quiñones of Lorain, Rosalina Reyes of the Puerto Rican Home, Manuel Rodriguez of Chiquita Brands International, and “Cantamos Al Señor” musical group of Toledo.

Nuestra Familia, or “Our Family” in English, are awards for non-Hispanic members of the community who have made notable contributions to promote and encourage greater collaboration with and integration of the Hispanic community in Ohio. This year’s Nuestra Familia members are: CAPA of Columbus, Reverend Paula Jackson of Cincinnati, State Representative Jim McGregor of Gahanna, former State Senator C.J. Prentiss of Cleveland, Dr. Sidney Ribeau, President of Bowling Green State University, and Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone.


More pictures from this event are in the Columbus section of our Photo Gallery (click here...) 

Community : Unity Rally @ Washington Park (April 20, 2007)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/21 14:10:00 (1326 reads)

Michael Beck signing "Statement of Unity" on behalf of MidwestLatino and LULAC Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, in collaboration with more than 50 organizations, held a Unity Rally on Friday at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine against hatred. Read more about it in Cincinnati Enquirer (click here)

The CHRC and the participating community groups issued this “Statement of Unity”:

“We the undersigned call upon the Cincinnati community to join together in rejecting the message of hate of the Nazi party. We stand in solidarity and support of the African-American community in Over the Rhine and every peace loving community. The people of Cincinnati will prove that we are bigger than hate, stronger than ignorance, and more caring than the Nazi party can imagine. All over the city, people of all faiths, races, ethnicities, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, genders and age groups are standing as one voice, one faith in justice, and as one just community.

“We deplore the Nazi party’s goal of inflaming our community with words and actions that are against the spirit of our community of caring.

“We believe that our community must:

•    Respect and protect all people;
•    Send forth a message of compassion and dignity;
•    Engage all citizens of good will in affirming actions; and
•    Embrace non-violent action.

“On April 20, Over The Rhine has been designated as the target of racist activity. With Cincinnati having been identified amongst the top ten most segregated and impoverished cities in the nation, we recognize that we have a lot of work to do internally. However, we cannot and will not allow external forces such as the Neo-Nazis to hinder the progress that has already been made.

“We understand that we have a long way to go, but we do not want to thwart the progress that has already occurred. We are committed to a new Cincinnati and will hold the city accountable to the progress that will get us there. By making this collective statement, we are declaring that we are committed to working together until Cincinnati reflects the type of City that does not attract hate groups- a Cincinnati that we all can be proud to live, work and play in.”

Events : Latin Thunder Party (April 20, 2007)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/21 13:00:00 (1310 reads)

As usual, the Latin Thunder Party at Dayton's Club Rain, is the ultimate Latin Friday night in Dayton with best of Latin music by DJ Danny D from Miami Beach, FL, and our Guest DJs


And the perfect place for people from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis to meet half way! And to celebrate your Birthday or Anniversary!!! 


Latest pictures and videos are in the Dayton section of our Photo Gallery (click here)

Save the date!!!! 

  Legend Vega (click here for more of her music) will be performing live at Club Rain it Dayton (850 N. Main St.) on Friday, May 4th.

Come and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us!!!!

Events : Learn Bachata with Jorge Elizondo (April 28-29)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/19 11:10:00 (2282 reads)


Jorge Elizondo dancing with Tania Maddalena at 2007 Chicago Salsa Congress

Jorge Elizondo is coming to Danse Royale Ballroom Studio to teach Bachata. The worshops will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th, from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

On Saturday Jorge will teach Bachata Leading and Following Techniques for all levels, and on Sunday he will teach Intermediate and Advanced concepts and techniques.

For more information, contact Veronica at 513-779-0500

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Community : Michael Beck recognized by the Freedom Center
Posted by admin on 2007/4/19 9:20:00 (1387 reads)

We are proud to announce that Michael Beck, Founder of MidwestLatino, has been recognized at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Volunteer Recognition Evening on Wed. April 18th.  Michael is member of the Board of Directors of FreedomYP and is active on several committees within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.


More pictures from this event are at the FreedomYP Photo Gallery (click here...)

If you're interested in getting involved as a Freedom Center volunteer, click here...

Events : Salsa Underground @ Havana Martini Club (April 18, 2007)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/19 3:00:00 (1543 reads)

Last Wednesday Salsa Underground did an awesome Salsa demonstration!

More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here...)

And thanks to everybody for making my Birthday so special! I finally had my first ever "Havana Birthday Dance" and I loved it!!!! 

HOTTEST Wednesday nights in town - the "Havana Nights".

With FREE admission, FREE dance lessons, Cincinnati's BEST Salsa dancers, and the BEST Latino DJ in town, the legendary Rudy Alvarez, spinning the hottest Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata music, this is the place to be on Wednesday nights... See pictures from the previous Havana Nights...

The new Havana Martini Club is located on 5th Street, between Race and Vine Streets.

Community : Alicia Reece appointed Assistant State Tourism Director
Posted by admin on 2007/4/18 10:50:00 (4067 reads)


COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher announced the appointment of Alicia Reece as the state’s Assistant Director for Travel and Tourism. The division of Travel and Tourism is located within the Ohio Department of Development. 

“For nearly a decade, Alicia has been a central figure in developing a stronger tourism industry in Cincinnati,” said Lt. Governor Fisher, who also serves as the Director for the Ohio Department of Development. “Her leadership, enthusiasm and expertise will undoubtedly enhance the state’s efforts to promote tourism and Ohio’s outstanding quality of life.” 

Prior to joining ODOD, Reece served as Senior Vice President for the marketing and consulting firm, Communiplex Promotional Services. Reece has a distinguished career in public service which began in 1999 when she was elected to Cincinnati City Council at the age of 28. From 2002-2006, Reece served as the Vice Mayor for Ohio’s 3rd largest city. 

As Vice-Mayor, Reece led tourism and marketing efforts for the city, with accomplishments including: the creation of the “Cincinnati On the Move” tourism campaign; securing top national conventions including the NAACP National Convention and National Baptist Convention; and chairing City Council’s Tourism and Small Business Committee, which oversaw the $135 million expansion of the Duke Energy Convention Center. Reece holds a degree in Communications from Grambling State University. 

Tourism is a major industry in Ohio.  An estimated $30.7 billion was spent in Ohio last year on tourism related activities and the industry employs more than 560,000 Ohioans.

Community : Rosa Torres Caskey to Receive Award
Posted by admin on 2007/4/17 13:00:00 (1815 reads)


Activist Rosa Torres Caskey will be honored at the Access to Justice Awards on May 1, 2007 for her efforts on behalf of the Miami Valley’s Hispanic community. Ms. Caskey, a Xenia resident, currently serves as president of the Dayton council of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Ms. Caskey is employed as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce.

This will be the second year for the Access to Justice Awards, presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., (LAWO), and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). The awards recognize Miami Valley residents who devote significant professional and personal time to causes of social justice.

“I am really honored with this nomination,” said Ms. Caskey, “but I don’t do this work for the awards or the recognition. I do it as a public service. It’s important to me to make sure that the voices of the voiceless are heard. There are so many people who won’t come forward…and all we have to do is speak up for them.”

Rosa Caskey will receive the Community Advocacy Award for her work with LULAC, the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic organization. Currently serving as both President of LULAC’s Dayton council and Director of LULAC Ohio, Rosa was instrumental in establishing LULAC councils in Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lima and Toledo.

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Education : Curso Bancario Básico (Miércoles, 18 de Abril)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/17 10:50:00 (1861 reads)

As previously announced (read here), MidwestLatino is working with local financial institutions to promote seminars and workshops focused on economic and financial education for Latinos/Hispanics.

This Wednesday, April 18th,  Fifth Third Bank is conducting at Su Casa Hispanic Center an "Introduction to Banking" Workshop in Spanish.

For more information (en Español), click here

Please help us to spread the word to people who could benefit from this workshop.... 

Events : Salsa @ Mad Frog (April 16, 2007)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/17 6:20:00 (1408 reads)

Another great Salsa night @ Mad Frog, with people enjoying the awesome dance floor and Non-Smoking room!

Pictures from this week's Salsa with Tropicoso @ Cincinnati's hottest Latino spot - "The Mad Frog", are on the Web in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here).

Each Monday, Mad Frog has its basement open - with the best in Reggaeton and Hip-hop. It's like having two clubs in one: live Salsa/Merenge upstairs with Tropicoso, and Reggaeton and Hip-hop downstairs!

Events : Latin Thunder Party (April 13, 2007)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/14 11:40:00 (1332 reads)


As usual, the Latin Thunder Party at Dayton's Club Rain, is the ultimate Latin Friday night in Dayton with best of Latin music by DJ Danny D from Miami Beach, FL, and our Guest DJs


And the perfect place for people from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis to meet half way! And to celebrate your Birthday or Anniversary!!! 


Latest pictures and videos are in the Dayton section of our Photo Gallery (click here)

Community : Community Meeting with Mexican Consulate (April 13th)
Posted by Anonymous on 2007/4/14 9:20:00 (2393 reads)


LULAC Cincinnati and Mexican Consulate of Indianapolis organized on Friday, April 13th, an informational session about the Institute of Mexicans Abroad.  This session, supported by Cincinnati Hispanic Ministry, Su Casa, and Centro de Amistad of Kentucky, was highly beneficial to anyone who serves the Hispanic community.  Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the services available with Mexican Consulate and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad which provides a wide array of services including scholarships, child and adult education, and health initiatives.  In addition, participants will be able to learn about other general topics related to the Hispanic community and share info about their own services. 

This event was sponsored by Cincinnati Central Credit Union, which recently opened a new branch in the Carthage (7000 Vine St.)



More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here...)

Events : Son del Caribe @ Freedom Center (Thursday, April 12, 2007)
Posted by admin on 2007/4/12 14:00:00 (1644 reads)

On Thursday, April 12, FreedomYP hosted "Freedom of Dance" at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, with  

Live Salsa Band: Son del Caribe!
• Salsa lessons throughout the evening!
Ballet Tech Cincinnati Performing Arts Association
• Hip-Hop demonstrations by award winning "Fully Loaded" Dance Group
• Peruvian Folk dancing with "Danza Contigo Peru"
• and more....

More pictures are in FreedomYP Photo Gallery (click here...)

Community : 2nd Sunday on Main is looking for vendors
Posted by admin on 2007/4/12 13:00:00 (1320 reads)


Second Sunday on Main (SSOM) is looking for vendors for the 2007 season of its successful event series. They're excited about the upcoming season which will be even bigger and better than last year! This year, their advertising budget has increased and more people than ever will be aware of Second Sunday on Main.

If you sell art, books, jewelry, food products, or home accessories, this might be an excellent opportunity to for you to present your products to a wide audience.

They are pleased to announce a trial membership for first time vendors. New vendors can try SSOM free for their first Sunday during the season and pay no fee for that particular Sunday. This is a great introductory opportunity to experience our community.

For more information, please visit:

Education : The UBS Scholars Program at the Freedom Center
Posted by admin on 2007/4/12 12:00:00 (2042 reads)

The UBS Scholars program is an initiative of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, collaborating with SmartMoney Community Services, Joy Outdoor Education Center, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and University of Cincinnati. This collaborative and community-based initiative is designed to enhance pathways for increasing youth leadership and economic empowerment for 100 Cincinnati high school students (current 8th-11th graders), while reinforcing civic responsibility and volunteer efforts for the Greater Cincinnati youth in underserved communities. 

Freedom Center is looking for 100 potential future leaders to participate in a yearlong leadership and mentoring program. Each student in the program will be assigned a mentor. This mentor will help them with college choices and financial decisions. Participants will meet monthly (1st Tuesday) with their mentors at the Freedom Center. We are seeking youth who can be potential leaders, those who are in the middle of the margins. Those who get lost in the "shuffle". This program would be beneficial to those students that need a little guidance and push to become productive citizens. We are seeking participants from low income families. The program GPA requirement is 2.0. GPA is not the deciding factor-potential of the student will be the deciding factor. Participants will realize substantive achievement and personal growth in the eight strategic areas listed below:

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