Janie Flores

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STAFF at Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston Called Police to Arrest Undocumented Latina in Front of Her Two Young Daughters

In About on September 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm
Map of Northeast Women's Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

Map of Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

I came across a story on my twitter feed this morning posted by @KidsImmigration that just breaks my grandmotherly heart on so many levels.  An undocumented mother in Houston was arrested in front of her two daughters at her doctor’s office, Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic, after the staff called police because they “suspected” she was using false documents.  An avalanche of questions exploded in my mind!

Who does such a cruel thing?  What motivates someone to tear someone’s life apart in front of her children?  And who is the “staff” at the Northeast Women’s Healthcare clinic in Houston, TX who would do that to a patient in their clinic?  There is usually a self-righteous instigator, agitator, initiator who bullies the rest to go along with this type of behavior.  Who was it?  Was it Dr. David J. Bonilla, was it Dr. Vonne Jones, was it Dr. Miles E. Mahan, was it RN Penny Norman, was it RN Susana Kataka-Gitu?  Why didn’t someone stand up and say this is not part of our job?  Is this the type of action that Memorial Hermann Medical Group encourages and condones from their employees? Does President & CEO Dan Woltermann applaud the actions of the staff?  What happened to the Hippocratic Oath the doctors swore to uphold? Is the state of women’s health care and medical care in general such that providers have now become an active part of law enforcement and Homeland Security?  Are these doctors to be trusted?

This is a sad day for us.   Whichever side of the immigration debate you stand on, this was not handled correctly.  This was hateful and vindictive.  And where are the evangelical Christian voices in Houston who should be opposed to this type of heartless, cruel action?  I call on the Christian community to express disapproval and indignation that a person made in God’s own image could be treated so inhumanely:  Lakewood Church, Second Baptist Church, Fellowship Church, The Woodlands Church, New Light Church, The Fountain of Praise, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Church Without Walls, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Community of Faith, Champion Forest Baptist Church…

Familia, we should not remain quiet in the face of the injustices that continue to pile up against our community nationwide.  We must voice our concern on social media, call your government officials to account, call the media to account, and stop patronizing and supporting organizations that mistreat our people.  Hold these individuals, companies, organizations accountable for their actions.  We are on the moral right of this issue!

‘He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.  So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19

‘Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ Deuteronomy 27:19

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”  Leviticus 19:33-34

“The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.”  Psalms 146:9





From the Northeast Women’s Healthcare website at http://mhmg.memorialhermann.org/locations/mhmg-northeast-women-s-healthcare/:

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers


Abuela de Miami VIP Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015

In About on December 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables

Carnaval Miami Preview Party at Open Stage Coral Gables


Abuela de Miami named a VIP Culture Ambassador for Carnaval Miami 2015!

Abuela de Miami had so much fun at Carnaval on the Mile 2014 and Calle Ocho 2014 that she was thrilled when she was chosen for Carnaval Miami 2015 as a VIP culture ambassador!  As a member of South Florida Bloggin’ Mamas she had the opportunity to submit her name for consideration, and at the Carnaval Preview Party on November 10th at the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables she was given the great news along with a number of the other VIP ambassadors in attendance.

Carnaval Miami is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and includes a number of events during the months of February and January which include Carnaval on the Mile, Miss Carnaval Miami, Carnaval Miami Domino Tournament and the nation’s largest Latin street party, CALLE OCHO!  For the past 37 years these events have made it possible for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to raise funds for scholarships, projects and programs which benefit the youth in the community.  Many of the youth who participate in the educational and recreational programs start as small children remain until they become young adults heading off to Florida universities with the scholarships given to them by the Kiwanis Club.

Carnaval on the Mile is a two day festival located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables filled with art, music, food and fun for the entire family.   Next year it is from Saturday – Sunday, March 7 – 8, 2015.

Calle Ocho is held on a Sunday in Little Havana between SW 8th Street and 27th Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   There are blocks full of booths with Latin food from every country, stages with the hottest Latin performers, children’s activities and companies giving away samples to the hundreds of thousands who show up to party!  Next year the event is on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Abuela de Miami will be posting on the events taking place as we head into Carnaval season.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter @AbuelaDeMiami and @Carnaval_Miami for the most recent updates.


In About on November 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Abuela de Miami finally had a full office day and I accomplished quite a bit, including sending out the press release for the cocktail launch event for MIAMI AL MAXIMO. Our first season was chock full of celebrities and entrepreneurs who live in Miami and have worked to make it a world class city. We visit a different neighborhood in each episode, and for those of you who like me are not originally from Miami it is pleasantly surprising to see how diverse Miami really is. We visited Doral, Brickell, Kendall, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Downtown, Design District and this week we’re cruising through Homestead and interviewing a number if the drivers from NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program. NASCAR is making a concerted effort to reach out to Hispanics and draw them into becoming loyal fans by increasing the number of Hispanic race car drivers. We interviewed German Qiuroga, Sergio Peña, Daniel Suarez, Bryan Ortiz and even got to visit the garage and pit area! I’m looking forward to going back this year.

Destino 2013

In About on November 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

Abuela de Miami has a jam packed schedule this Saturday.  I’ve started bright and early and will be on the run through tonight.  I’ll fill you in on the rest tomorrow.

It's never too late to learn something new!

It’s never too late to learn something new!

Developing leaders in the U.S.

Developing leaders in the U.S.

Right now Abuela de Miami finds herself at the Destino Leadership Academy 2013 taking place at Miami Dade College North Campus learning some tools for success.  It’s never too late to learn something new.

The Destino Leadership is in its fourth year of training leaders in the South Florida area.  Ivonne Fernandez, the multicultural director for AARP of South Florida has spearheaded this initiative “in order to promote the active participation of multi-cultural communities in the U.S. political, legislative and business systems through the development and empowerment of leaders and the creation of opportunities to support community efforts with integrity and excellence through collaborative networks.”

You can find out more information about this organization by visiting their website at http://www.iamdestino.org or for our Spanish speaking counterparts you can visit http://www.yosoydestino.org

Let me add that Abuela de Miami is not getting any type of payment for writing this blog and promoting this organization.  I believe in developing the leaders of tomorrow and I admire the work that Ivonne, her team and AARP are doing in this area especially for Hispanics in the U.S.

Casa dulce casa

In About on July 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm
Fourth generation Mexican American, little Damien, my great grand nephew

Fourth generation Mexican American, little Damien, my great grand nephew

Much has been written of late regarding the furor that erupted when the young Sebastian de la Cruz and more recently the iconic salsa singer Marc Anthony sang the national anthem at sporting events. Some Anglos and African Americans were offended that these two Hispanic Americans would be invited to sing songs that honor and pay tribute to America because they are “Mexican.” The irony lies in that both of these men were born here, feel more comfortable communicating in English and aren’t able to “go back to” any other country because this is their country.

As a Hispanic I was proud to see how both Sebastian and Marc showed grace under fire and didn’t resort to the same mudslinging, name calling or racial slurs that were hurled at them by people who are clearly ignorant, resentful and afraid of the changing face of America. The “educación” Hispana learned at home was clearly evident in their response to the anger directed towards them. What instills even more pride is the rush to their defense by the Hispanic community en masse. Mi gente we have risen to the occasion as never before. From “sea to shining sea”, from the mountains to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, the voices of Hispanic Americans have made known that they will not remain quiet, will not be intimidated and will use their voice individually and collectively to express their displeasure and disapproval at racially motivated attacks on other Hispanics.

Social media in particular has been a crucial vehicle to express our outrage, to connect and to continue organizing for a change in the tone of the debate taking place in this country where Hispanics are concerned. Social media sites such as Latino Rebels and Being Latino are quick to raise the alarm, and the traditional Hispanic media such as Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, MundoFox, MegaTV are every vigilant. And it is not over, most recently Bebe Lanugo, a company in Miami is calling for Hispanics to show our children that they can be proud of being Hispanic American by making a video of you and your children singing the national anthem and sending it to them from which they will create a video which will be seen around the US. You can send it to cantaconorgullo@gmail.com as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

We are all different, with different world views even within the Hispanic community, but that does not justify the disrespectful, abusive or racist vitriol that so easily seems to pour forth from some Anglo and African American citizens and leaders alike when referring to Hispanics, especially when it comes to Mexicans. Hispanics are now the largest minority group in this country and by all statistical indications our numbers are projected to continue growing exponentially over the next decades, especially Mexicans. This is also our “home sweet home,” our “casa dulce casa,” and we are productive, enterprising and a BLESSING to this great country.

Abuela de Miami

YOUNG Hispanic Abuelas

In About on April 7, 2013 at 2:01 am
Abuela de Miami at NATPE 2013

Abuela de Miami at NATPE 2013

Ok, here is my first take on being a Latina grandma…I can’t relate to pictures of white haired grandparents! My mom wasn’t quite 40 when I made her a grandmother, I was just about to turn 40 when I became a grandmother. Many of my friends are already abuelas and they aren’t even 50 yet! Advertisers, marketers, brands, magazines, TV shows, WAKE UP, we are a young segment of the population. I am a long way from retiring, from using a cane or from calling it quits.