Defying pandemic, feminists in Spain decry far-right attacks
While staying at a distance from each other, women attend an International Women's Day gathering at an avenue in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 8, 2021. Women in Spain are marking this year's International Women's Day with static protests, bicycle fun-rides and small-sized events to prevent gatherings that could trigger a new spike of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)MADRID – Women in Spain on Monday marked this year’s International Women's Day with static protests, pot-banging, bicycle fun rides and other small-sized events to prevent gatherings that could trigger a new spike of coronavirus infections. Spain's thriving feminist movement has claimed a few victories in recent years, including the adoption of gender violence laws and forcing judicial reforms regarding sexual abuse. Far-right activists, meanwhile, have campaigned against gender violence laws that they say discriminate against men and lambasted the government’s push to make consent in sexual relations legally mandatory.
Historic heart of Los Angeles on life support from COVID-19
A boy chases a bird on an empty Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. If the procession were held this year, they would find many of the businesses on Olvera Street shuttered. The Mexican market, known as the birthplace of Los Angeles, has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with shops and restaurants closed and others barely hanging on. California is enduring by far its worst outbreak of the coronavirus, and Los Angeles is among the locations seeing the greatest spike. But the impact on Olvera Street is somewhat unique.
Florida Grand Opera meets the pandemic challenge
For those who were looking forward to the 2020 Florida Grand Opera season, the temporary closing of the Arsht Center and Broward Center was disappointing but certainly a smart move. Local Coral Gables residents Lynn Bauer and Susan Medina sit on FGO’s Education Board and Susan’s dog, Koda, was in the cast of the show. It always is great to see members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and Coral Gables Rotary participating in these events weekly. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Coral Gables Woman’s Club made more than 35 giant food baskets to deliver to the families of the children treated in the club free children’s dental clinic. Finally, a shout out to Miami Rotary Club for its fourth annual Basket Brigade with the goal of feeding 300 families for Thanksgiving.communitynewspapers.com
Weekly poems elevate New Hampshire city's virus newsletters
Truax, the poet laureate for Portsmouth, N.H., pens a weekly pandemic poem that is included in the city's COVID-19 newsletter. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)CONCORD, N.H. Valerie Rochon is eager to read her email every Monday morning, even when it makes her cry. Tammi Truax, the citys poet laureate, has been contributing to the newsletters since early April, elevating the collection of public health updates and community resources with a layer of emotion and introspection. For the July 4 holiday weekend, she produced a found poem by extracting words from an Alexander Hamilton essay. One Good Thing is a series of AP stories focusing on glimmers of joy and benevolence in a dark time.
'They're addicted to me': How immigrants keep U.S. heartland cities afloat
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - One evening last fall, Jawad Rahimi held forth in his downtown bodega as a steady stream of hockey fans en route to a St. Louis Blues game mingled with his neighborhood regulars. A typical day brings a steady flow of customers who come for beer, snacks or just to banter in his St. Louis corner store. In St. Louis and elsewhere, immigrants are helping arrest population decline in urban areas caught on the losing end of an internal U.S. trend. Increasingly, people and jobs are concentrating in a few dozen high-performing metropolitan areas, leaving others struggling to maintain population, economic growth rates, or both. Slideshow (3 Images)The first generation struggles to move up and traditionally the second generation has better access to education, a better job... better positioning, he said.feeds.reuters.com
8 celebrity costumes that won Halloween 2019
David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris always go all out, and this year they were nothing short of innovative. The family is basically a walking portrait art museum -- with Harris as a self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, Burtka as Salvador Dali, and their kids as self portraits of Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. Hide Caption
5 things you should know about Frida Kahlo
For years, Kahlo even claimed she was born in 1910 so that she would be perceived as a daughter of the revolution, according to Frida Kahlo Foundation. The disease caused her right leg to be thinner than the left, which she disguised with long skirts, according to Frida Kahlo Foundation. In fact, her mother had a special easel made so that she could paint while laying on her back, according to Frida Kahlo Corporation. Their marriages -- they married twice -- were rocked by fiery temperaments and extramarital affairs, according to the Frida Kahlo Foundation. Many of her self-portraits depicted physical and psychological wounds, according to Frida Kahlo Foundation.
Vans collection honoring Frida Kahlo is here
CNN image(CNN) - Vans is paying tribute to Mexican artist and activist Frida Kahlo by bringing some of her iconic pieces to life. The Vault by Vans x Frida Kahlo collection dropped Saturday in select stores across the United States. The sneakers range between $80-$95 and are available through select Vault by Vans retailers. The collection was done in partnership with Banco de Mxico and the images were approved by the Frida Kahlo Corporation. Last year, Mattel launched a Frida Kahlo Barbie doll as part of a batch of dolls based on historical figures.