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NLIRH activists and LANs across the country are coming together as a community, counting down till election day and making sure their voice matters! Join Poderosas in Texas, Florida, New York, DC/MD/VA-area, Illinois, and Alabama at their events, listed below.

If you haven’t taken the pledge already, do so here.

For more information on each of these events, please contact Angy@latinainstitute.org.

Rio Grande Valley, Texas:
Our Poderosa activists in Texas have taken the Rio Grande Valley by storm! They are mobilizing and organizing folks in their community to learn about the importance of making their voice heard this November 6. The Texas LAN is hosting weekly events throughout the Valley. Take a look:

September 24: Health Fair and Voter Education Presentation.
Donna, Texas

September 28: Mini Health Fair and Voter Education Presentation.
Brownsville, Texas

October 1: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation and Voter Registration.
McAllen, Texas

October 5: Community Meeting: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation and Voter Registration.
Mission, Texas

October 11: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation and Voter Registration.
McAllen, Texas

October 12: Health Fair, Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation.
Edinburg, Texas

October 12: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation and Voter Registration.
Brownsville, Texas

October 15: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation via Radio Esperanza y Radio Manantial.
8am-9am. Radio station: radiokbnr.org
Brownsville, Texas

October 16: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation.
Alamo, Texas

October 17: Health Fair, Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation.
Mission, Texas

October 18: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation.
 Alamo, Texas

October 19: Health Fair, Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation.
Lasara, Texas

October 26: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation and Voter Registration.
Brownsville, Texas

October 31: Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation.
Rio Grande, Texas

November 5: GOTV - Soy Poderosa and My Voice Matters -- Voter Education Presentation.
Donna, Texas

November 6: GOTV. Transportation to the polls Donna, Edinburg, Mission, Brownsville

Miami, Florida: MI LOLA
Our activists at MI LOLA are working hard at making sure that folks in Miami-Dade county are learning about the importance of this vote. Several events have been lined up! For more information please contact info@mi-Lola.org or visit MI LOLA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/milola.sfl?fref=ts

September 26: MI LOLA presents A Community Discussion on Reproductive Health in Miami.
Florida International University, University Park 6-9pm

October 23: MI LOLA Presents Bingo with Gloria Steinem!
PAX Miami
6:30-8:30pm

November 1: GOTV Happy Hour
Location: TBA
6-9pm

Phone Banking:
October 18: Power U, 6-9pm
October 24: Location - TBA, 6-9pm
October 25:  Location - TBA, 6-9pm
October 30: Location - TBA, 6-9pm
November 4: Location - TBA, 6-9pm

New York City, New York

November 3: Election Speak Out: Make your voice matter!
Location: Tompkins Square Library
2-5pm

Postponed until further notice
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Some of our e-LOLA graduates are equally as motivated and energized to organize and mobilize their communities. Working in partnership with local organizations, these Poderosas are showing their strength.

Alabama
Alabama Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Justice
Oct. 22-25: Voter Registration and Voter Education
October 26&28: Voter Education Dorm Storms
November 4&5: GOTV Phone Bank -- Reminding Folks to Vote!

Illinois
Latin@ Youth Action League
November 2: Cafecito!
Latinas continue to be silenced around the country on many topics including sex, reproductive health, and abortion.  Join us for this unique opportunity to share your stories, ask questions, obtain educational resources, and learn about access to reproductive health services.  Learn how to get involved and how to make your voice heard. We will provide a safe space where we will share our concerns and demands as Latina women living in our communities. We know our communities are powerful when organized, regardless of our ability to vote or citizenship status. EVERYONE'S VOICE MATTERS!

When: Friday, November 2nd
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Ave. Cureton Hall 1st Level,
Lucks Conference Room
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

This event is co-sponsored by: HABLAMOS and The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights FREE cafecito, pastries, and admission.
For more info, please call Cynthia Brito at 630.808.5835

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This year, we have partnered up with Latina-based sorority, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas on their annual Raices week. This national event encourages every chapter of the sorority to hold events during the last week of September, highlighting a theme that promotes Latino heritage and culture. This year’s theme is based around the Reproductive Rights of Latinas, the affects of the Affordable Care Act on the Latina community, and how both are tied to the importance of this year’s election.

Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.


When: September 24-29, 2012
RAICES Week Theme:
MUJERES (WOMEN): PLANTING THE SEEDS OF PROGRESS
This year's RAICES Week will take place from Monday, September 24th through Friday, September 29th 2012. As the title of our 2012 RAICES Week implies, women plant the seed to progression. Historically speaking, women have had to carry-on multiple roles at once in order to keep themselves, their families, careers and mankind in general going. A major example is the fact that women are the only sex that can bear children, continuing the growth and evolution of humanity. This theme will focus on various aspects of the lives of women, more specifically on our reproductive rights and the implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

We want our theme to stem from the idea of women being powerful forces in our simplest form: to be able to give the gift of life. From here we can further discuss this aforementioned power and elaborate on how it has been used against us and how with the passage of the ACA, we and other traditionally marginalized groups can claim victory in the right step to progress.

For more information and events, click here.