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Melissa Wise

Longtime lover of the Spanish language. B.A. in Linguistics, Master's Certificate in Translation. Passionate about social justice, environmental awareness, and human and animal rights.

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9 June 2017

Trans Women Fleeing Central America Find Hope and Hardship Further North

"I was attacked in Mexico City and that’s why I decided to keep moving. I feel more welcome in Tijuana. Staying busy helps me forget about things."

25 May 2017

Kaqchikel and Other Guatemalan Languages Gain Momentum Online Thanks to Digital Activism

Rising Voices

The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.

19 April 2017

“Bodies Die, Countries Don't”: What the Venezuela Crisis Takes Away From Us

The Bridge

"Two years ago..there wasn't yet talk of people searching for food in the trash. Now, they not only look for it, but fight over it."

31 March 2017

The Day Latin America Declared Itself Feminist

Activists from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela explain why the International Women's Strike was so important to their region.

17 February 2017

Facebook Gives a Voice to Missing People in Mexico

Families in Mexico searching desperately for missing loved ones are turning to social media and other digital platforms as an effective way to get the word out.

31 January 2017

A Legislative Proposal in Mexico Would Tie Political Parties’ Funding to Voter Turnout

"Cutting back where we should: public funding of parties so that it's linked to the vote and not the register."

17 December 2016

What Are People Naming Their Kids in Mexico?

Global Voices Advocacy

Did you know there are Mexicans named "Christmas Day" or "Yahoo" and that -- to make matters worse -- online bullying violates their privacy?

16 September 2016

The Bitter Aftertaste Left by Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico

US presidential candidate Donald Trump made a short visit to Mexico’s capital last month for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña claiming a high cost for the president.

20 July 2016

‘Avocado Talk’ No Longer So Appetizing for Mexicans

Mexico's economic crisis is forcing the country to think about how much people spend on food, and the rising cost of avocados has become a particularly sore point.

14 June 2016

‘There Are Increasingly More and More Positive, Strong and Motivating Representations of Black Women’

The author interviews American filmmaker, scholar and activist, Beti Ellerson.

8 June 2016

In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

The internet access speed in Venezuela has been called "the slowest line in Latin America."

6 June 2016

The Thousands of Mexican Women Who Never Made it Home

The most difficult question is knowing when to stop looking: "Until they give me her body to mourn, but I need to know where my daughter is."

1 June 2016

Spain's Archbishop of Valencia and His Crusade Against the ‘Gay Empire’

An LGBT rights advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the district attorney for hate crimes “for his homophobic and sexist comments that only serve to incite hatred."

23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

15 March 2016

I Found My Voice in Spanish, a Language Once Used to Subjugate My Ancestors

In part two of her post, Shirley Campbell examines how Spanish is a language at once discriminatory and liberating.

3 March 2016

Hugo Chávez's Fictional Transgender Sister Is Breaking Down Walls in Venezuela

Hugo Chávez's fictional transgender twin aims to challenge the former president's personal myth while putting Venezuela's LGBT community front and center.

1 March 2016

Latin America's Informal Recyclers Push for Recognition and Protection on International Waste Pickers’ Day

Recyclers make many contributions through their work, including creating jobs and reducing municipal spending on waste management

9 February 2016

Classrooms Without Teachers Spread in Southern Venezuela

Although they love their profession, hundreds of teachers in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, have left their classrooms to find more affordable pay in other industries.

21 January 2016

An AIDS Epidemic is Decimating the Indigenous Warao Community in Venezuela

The figures are clear evidence that what is happening in Venezuela’s Orinoco Delta is an epidemic—an epidemic that is threatening the survival of an entire indigenous people.

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