The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month observance theme. The theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Presented by: Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan - Abril Valdes Siewert
September 20, 2021
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ABRIL VALDES SIEWERT is one of the Commissioners on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, in the Office of Global Michigan. Ms. Siewert will present current immigration law practices, dispel a few of the myths in relation to the laws, and discuss the regulations associated with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Abril Valdes Siewert has dedicated her career to helping the immigrant community. She received her J.D., from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and her B.A. in English from California State University Los Angeles. Ms. Siewert is licensed in the state of Michigan and California. She was appointed a Commissioner by Governor Whitmer to the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. Formerly, as the immigrant rights attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, she was on the front lines of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy, which separated thousands of families. Through this role, she led various trainings and workshops to educate attorneys and the community on critical immigration issues. She has represented individuals in family and employment-based proceedings, along with Special Immigrant Juveniles and DACA. She is currently a senior associate Attorney with Birach Law, PC in Southfield. When not working, Abril spends her time off with her spouse and young children.
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: Hossack Patio (outside the AAC), (Rain location: Atrium)
Come Solo. Bring a partner. Or bring all your partners.
But come ready to move your body to the infectious beat of the salsa rhythm.
Marta is Co-owner at M&A DanceLab Studio and Founder & Director at Marta & Alejandro of Kizomba Tá Doce. As a dance instructor, she hosts Afro-Kiz Socials in Detroit, where she teaches Kizomba, Salsa & Bachata to Detroiters of all ages. Marta Cruz was born in Virginia and raised in Puerto Rico and is currently employed as a Senior Business Analyst at FordDirect.
Marta’s passion is giving back to the community, and has organized long term relief efforts for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
The Blue Devil Cafe will offer one of these menu items one day each week during the month. Get your taste buds ready for:
Mexican Street Tacos, Puerto Rican Arroz con Gandules, Patatas Bravas from Spain, Honduran Enchiladas Catrachas, and Pupusas from El Salvador.
The Afro-LatinX Music Experience Parte Dos
October 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Free | Online
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Salsa Detroit's Annual Latin indepenDANCE Bash
Sept. 15, 8:30pm - Midnight
City Tavern Royal Oak
FREE COVER ALL NIGHT. Bachata Dance Lessons by Elaine Marrero. Music by DJ Cisco. Celebrating the Independence Days of Mexicoâ, Costa Ricaâ, El Salvadorâ, Guatemalaâ, Honduras and Nicaraguaâ,
Free Introduction Capoeira Class
Sept. 15, 10-11pm
Creative Movement Brazil
Creative Movement Brazil is offering a free introduction class in Capoeira Angola the Brazilian folkloric dance of Salvador, Bahia taught in Detroit. Register.