Amplify Latinx 2018
The Year In Review
This was a an incredible year of many firsts for Amplify Latinx. This movement launched last year by Latina Circle has become an important convener and connector of our Latinx community. Thanks to you, our partners and sponsors, we completed a strategic plan aimed at advancing Latinx economic and political power, we raised state and grant funding to hire a founding team and we amplified over 250 Latinx leaders and 50+ Latinx businesses through our visibility campaigns.
We are grateful and blessed to have your support and look forward to growing our movement in 2019. Here is a review of what we accomplished this year together with you!
JANUARY | We kicked off the New Year with a celebration of Latina Circle’s 5th Anniversary where we recognized all of our Cafecitos Trailblazers and the impact of the recently launched Amplify Latinx movement.
FEBRUARY | We partnered with HNBA, MAHA and ALPFA Boston to recognize three outstanding Latina leaders – Former US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, MA Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Liberty Mutual’s SVP and Talent Officer, Roxanne Martinez.
MARCH | We hosted our Amplify Conference with over 100 Latinx leaders throughout Massachusetts aimed at building the Latinx Power coalition of the future. Your input helped us shape our core focus areas and strategic plan.
APRIL | You joined us in a provocative conversation about the State of Latinos and Race, where we acknowledged the diversity and divisions in the Latinx community as well as ways to work towards common ground.
MAY | On average, Latinas are paid 54 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. In recognition of Equal Pay Day, we held an empowering AAUW Training On Negotiating Your Worth with The Boston Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement as our host partners.
JUNE | We convened a second conversation on race with BU Professor, Raul Fernandez and Stonehill College Director Of Intercultural Affairs, Connie Cabello. This time we focused on leveraging our cultural identity as an asset to advance opportunity for our Latinx leaders and community.
JULY | Thanks to the generosity of the Eos Foundation, we engaged two summer interns – Fatima Melara from UMass Boston and Joseph DiStefano from Boston University – to support our growth.
AUGUST | With the support of the Raben Group, you helped us shape a three year strategic plan that will guide the growth of Amplify Latinx as the premier organization for building economic and political power for the Latinx community in Massachusetts. We thank our Steering Committee and funders for supporting this work.
SEPTEMBER | As part of City Awakes’ #FUNinBOS series, we hosted the “By the People” forum led by Rep. Andy Vargas with Adam Friedman, Cheryl Clyburn Crawford and Mayra Macias where we discussed strategies for creating inclusive voter participation in our democratic process.
OCTOBER | Our first-of-its kind PowerUp Biz Launch at Hubweek brought together Latinx entrepreneurs and resource partners that are supporting the fastest growing business demographic in the US.
NOVEMBER | Together with AAUW, the City of Boston, Roxbury Community College and over 20 Amplify partners, we hosted a special Latina Equal Pay Day event to highlight the importance of pay equity for Latinas.
DECEMBER | We launched our first Holiday Gift Guide featuring Latinx businesses. Ditch Amazon for a day and direct your purse strings to local biz.
MISSION 20 BY 2020
As part of City Awakes’ Our Convention, we led a workshop on getting Latinx ready for elected and appointed positions. Marty Martinez of the City of Boston, Jordan Berg Powers of Mass Alliance, and Wilnelia Rivera of Rivera Consulting offered practical recommendations and supports for those running for office. We need you to reach our goal of 20 Latinx running for MA office in 2020.
CONNECTING OUR AMPLIFIERS
We launched our collaborative, social network for the Latinx community to connect, share knowledge, events and opportunities. The platform is powered by LatInc Corporation, one of our featured PowerUp Latinx Businesses. We invite individuals, businesses and partners to join our collaborative network for advancing the Latinx community. Membership is free.
AMPLIFYING OUR POWER
We co-hosted six candidate forums to help educate Latinx voters on key issues for the primaries. From gubernatorial forums across MA to a Suffolk County DA candidate forum hosted at the Chelsea Collaborative, we engaged millennial Latinx in these important conversations. And together with our partners, we motivated the Latinx community to vote on election day.
IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR AMPLIFY PARTNERS
With Latinos for Education & Greater Boston Latino Network, we co-hosted three listening tours with MA Education Commissioner Jeff Riley and a Boston Public School input session for the nextBPS Superintendent. These forums created a voice for Latinx parents, students, and educators that needs to be heard to build inclusive leadership and education strategies that support all children.
Women’s History Month
In March, we celebrated and recognized the amazing #WiseLatinas as part of our Advancing Latina Leaders Visibility Campaign.
You helped us recognize thirty Latinx Amplifiers during Hispanic Heritage Month. These are the risk takers, quiet disruptors and outspoken activists who inspire us.
In November, we celebrated Womens Entrepreneurship Day & Small Biz Saturday with shout outs to Latina empresarias.
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