“For years I never raised my eyes from the floor.  I thought life had nothing more to offer. But now I have discovered that being a woman does not need to limit me, it does not mean I deserve less respect, or have less to say. Every human being has worth, and deserves an opportunity to grow.”

Adelante Mujeres believes in building community and self-determination, searching for solutions to common concerns, celebrating cultural heritage, and advocating for ecological awareness.

These are the news articles and opportunities we are following:

Supreme Court Decision 11-182: Arizona v. United States
Trying to unravel exactly how the Supreme Court ruled yesterday? So are we. Here are some helpful reactions from what we believe to be credible sources:
Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs Press Release Supreme Court Decision 6_12
Supreme Court Decision Major Blow to Anti-Immigrant Laws, by the Southern Poverty Law Center 

Wholesome Wave Commends Bipartisan Passage of Senate Farm Bill
Wholesome Wave, an Adelante Mujeres partner and funder, has played an important role in informing about and advocating for key provisions in the 2012 Farm Bill. The Bill as it passed the Senate is favorable, overall, towards low-income and disadvantaged members of our food community. No time to celebrate, though, as the Bill has yet to pass the House. Read about the Senate's approval and the future of the Bill by clicking the article above.  

Help restore funding to WIC FMNP
WIC  Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) serves a critical role in helping small and mid-scale farmers provide fresh produce to underserved families through farmers markets, and depends on provisions from the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations committee.  This funding has been cut, and generous Adelante Mujeres funder Wholesome Wave is partnering with food advocacy group Just Food to restore this funding.  Click the title above for a copy of the letter they will be sending to Congress, and if you're interested in signing on, please send to Nadia Johnson (nadia@justfood.org) by Weds, March 28: your name; the name of your market, farm or organization; your city/town and state; and your email address and/or phone number.

Women Helping Women
In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, Forest Grove High School freshman Rubi Vergara-Grindell created a poster exhibit honoring women leaders around the globe. Her exhibit features such greats as Queen Rania of Jordan, chair of the Royal Commission on Human Rights; Alice Walker, American novelist and poet; and Forest Grove's own Bridget Cooke, co-founder and director of Adelante Mujeres.  Click to download a powerpoint of Rubi's exhibit.

Educational and Mothering Discourses and Learner Goals: Mexican Immigrant Women Enacting Agency in a Family Literacy Program
This study, by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, examines "how Mexican immigrant women in a family literacy program used mainstream ideas, or discourses, of mothering and parent involvement in education to pursue their own personal and academic goals". 

Nurturing Moms May Help Their Child's Brain Develop
US News and World Report reviews a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about the positive impact that loving, supportive parenting has on the healthy growth of their child's brain.

The True Cost of High-School Dropouts
Check out this article about the importance of early childhood education with small classes, home visits and parent involvement.  Sounds like a description of our ECE program!  We have known for years that this is a model of success.

You've heard of peak oil.  What about peak soil? 
Could one of the biggest threats to our environment be the state of the ground beneath our feet?  Learn more here (working draft of academic paper written by Adelante's Nicholas Fromherz, accepted for publication in the Ecology Law Quarterly).

Imagine living in a land-locked nation. 
For Oregonians, blessed with ample and public coastline, that's difficult to envision.  Now imagine that the land-locked nation in which you reside has only been that way for a century or so, and that it became that way under questionable circumstances.  Writing for the Journal of Foreign Relations, Nicholas Fromherz discusses Bolivia's quest to regain the Pacific.