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September is Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15–October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

Mexican Independence Day commemorates the 1810 revolution that ended Spanish dictatorship. The Independence Day festivities in Mexico begin at midnight on the day of the holiday. At that time, in villages, towns, and cities all over Mexico, the people gather at the “zocalo” or public square. There are bands playing and people throw confetti and wave flags. At midnight the president (or in mall towns a local public official) reads the “Grito de Dolores” of Father Hidalgo, the organizer and principal leader of the rebellion against the Spaniards. The people chant the “Grito” after the president. He then rings the independence bell as fireworks light up the sky and the dancing and singing continues.

Information excerpted from Diversity Best Practices and the University of Rochester Multicultural Calendar.


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Featured Book Recommendation

During September we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and this is a perfect time to explore this theme in literature. One book that we recommend checking out is Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (California Series in Public Anthropology) by Seth Holmes (forward by Philippe Bourgois). Amazon describes this as "an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants." Fresh Fruit: Broken Bodies explores the detrimental impact of racism, politics and economic forces upon migrant farmworkers as they travel from Oxaca, Mexico, up the Pacifc Coast. The book is based on five years of field research by Holmes, an anthropoligist and MD. Read an excerpt.


If you would like to host a CCS/CHS Reads lunch and book discussion in your area, please contact Margaret Boddie.

Here are some highly recommended books that explore diversity. Books that specifically focus on the Hispanic experience in America are highlighted.

7 Men and the Secred of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Daughters Are Forever by Lee Maracle
Daughters of the Earth by Carolyn Niethammer
Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorm
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
Extraordinary Acts of Native Life on the West Coast by Kathryn Bridge
Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Seth Holmes
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
Native Son by Richard Wright
No Language but a Cry by Dr. Richard Anthony D'Ambrosio
Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family by Pauli Murray
Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
The History of White People
by Nell Irvin Painter
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by Leslie Marmon Silko



We gather in our diversity to challenge ourselves and our communities to love one another.

We gather together in our diversity to listen to and speak our respective truths.

We have everyone’s uniqueness, talent and gifts engaging people so they feel free to speak openly about issues and concerns.

We gather our diversity to celebrate our varied histories, cultures, and triumphs.


“Diversity and inclusivity in an organization cannot be accomplished in an unstructured and informal manner. Creating the enterprise necessitates a responsive, comprehensive, and effective methodology developed specifically for creating process innovation and lasting organizational transformation. The goal is not to engage in a series of unrelated activities and or quick fixes. Rather the goal is to create a process, which would transform the organizational structure and become a part of day-to-day operations.”
(Catholic Charities USA) 

CS/CHS Employee Pledge
CCS is committed to making our services, our agencies and our communities free of the divisive and dehumanizing ravages of racism. To live out this commitment every employee is expected to pledge the following:

I will not tolerate attitudes, behaviors, or statements that alienate, offend or injure any person associated with CCS because of their racial or ethnic origin;

I will enable and support all efforts to become aware of and eliminate racism and racist behaviors within CCS and the broader community;
I will take exceptional steps to identify and root out such biases, especially where there appear to be long-standing, institutional patterns of unacceptable behavior or lack of performance.
CCS is committed to employing staff that reflect the diversity of the regional population. Professional Ethics, Mission orientation and Cultural Competency trainings are required of all employees to assist the organization in meeting its commitments in this arena.
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