Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#immigration #Dreamers #Obamarespnde #iaSummit

Young Activist

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.  

I only wish to continue conversation on an issue that affects many families wishing for a better life. Finding my images on Twitter I observe from a far distance how young adults or young people and their voice circulates within the internet. I have pulled them out from the many images lost on cyberspace and painted them as a dialogue to my series entitled ‪#‎MurrietaProtest‬, from an event that took place on July 2014. By November 2014 Obama made an official step forward...

January 25, 2015

Immigration Protestors interrupt Rick Perry at Iowa Freedom Summit.
While his immigration plans are on hold because of legal challenges, President Obama hosted an immigration town hall February 25th, 2015 in Miami.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Pedro Albizu Campos

In remembrance Of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos. First Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard Law, returned to PR to represent the poor and stand up to injustice.

Portrait above created by Nayda A. Cuevas. This is a portrait out of sugar paper (paper made of sugar). After graduating from Harvard he returned to PR to practice poverty law, where he represented sugar cane workers (Denis, p.116). Albizu and the sugar cae workers formed the Association de Trabajadores de PR (Workers Association of PR) and negotiated on their behalf to increase their wages. " the workers would received $1.50 for a twelve hour day, more than double the amount they'd gotten before." (Denis, p120) 
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Taking a little inspirations from Artists: Vic Muniz “The Sugar Children, 1996” and Kara Walkers 2014 installation in Brooklyn at the abandoned Domino Sugar factory.
Kara Walker Sugar Sphinx
As I entered the building to look at this exhibition the wall had text that read; "An homage to the unpaid and overworked artisans who have refined our sweet tastes from the cane fields to the kitchens of the new world on the occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant." The same company that Puerto Rican cane workers also refined.
 The Sugar children: Valentina, the fastest; Jacynthe, loves orange juice; Lil Calist can't swim; Valicia bathes in sunday clothes; Big James sweats buckets; Ten-ten's weed necklace (in 6 parts) ,by: Vik Muniz
On April 2015 I obtained my copy of the book entitled War Against all Puerto Ricans by Nelson A. Denis. A few essays published on Latino Rebels, found through Twitter, sparked interest on the unknown history of the Island I was born in. To be honest, my least favorite subject in school was history and therefore I had no knowledge of Puerto Rico’s history and relationship with the United States.

I had herd the name Pedro Albizu Campos, as this Nationalist no one in my family or Puerto Ricans friends talked about. I also knew that Dr. Campos was compadre with my great grandfather Angel Ramos Torres (godfather to one of my gran aunts). And I now know that my great grandmother had a “carpeta” and would often visit Laura, Pedro’s wife.

My interest grew stronger and I was unable to put down the book. Chapters 13 and 14 were the hardest to read. I am still digesting all the information I just learned and as an artist I will regurgitate this information through Visual form. Words cannot express the sadness in my heart for the history of my people and Puerto Rico’s current economic crisis. Leaving the island is what many Puerto Ricans result to.