Reproaching myself for having experienced the energy that the event of Migrants Contribute was clearly emanating. It was a celebration, and its main purpose of this was to unite and raise the voices of latinos and friends of the community against racism and xenophobia.
Organisations, artists and the general public joined together on Saturday, 28th March in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, the area chosen to celebrate this event, which is the first of a series, which I am confident, which will keep on going. It is notable that Elephant and Castle is the site of the largest and oldest network of Latin American businesses in London, which is indication of the presence of the Latin community in this area of London and its surroundings.
As a Cuban, Latin Caribbean and an immigrant, I feel identified with this initiative and join the cry of #MigrantsContribute, with the only objective of calling attention to and defending the immense contribution we bring to this community. I give special thanks to projects, organizations and institutions that took part in this event, and that strive to highlight the value that our community holds, such as LADPP, CLAUK, IRMO, LAWA, Latin Elephant, NPL Naz Project London, Teléfono de la Esperanza, United Voices of the World, CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, Migrant and Refugees Communities Forum, MERU Movimiento Ecuador in the United Kingdom, Latinos in London, Migrants Rights Network, Exilio, Talentos, The LUKAS Awards and Luna Play Back.
And there are many actions that have been taken in this regard. Not long ago, a petition was created and went public, appealing for the continuation of funding for Latin American Woman’s Aid (LAWA). This action had a favourable result due to the perseverance of their representatives.
Another achievement that holds great weight, is the recognition in both Lambeth and Southwark council, which recognize the Latin Americans as an ethnic group.
So, achievements and initiatives like those of Migrants Contribute, support, enhance and strengthen the daily advancement of the Latin American community. And this is what it is about, making sure that we are taken into consideration because migrants do contribute.
And for those, who like myself, did not have the opportunity to attend the event, I give you this summary of what happened.
Migrants Contribute, mission accomplished!
By Yannia Pérez Rumayor (Social Media Volunteer)
Photo: Rachel Hobbs (Twitter)
Translated by John-Jeffrey Luna and Rosie Morgan
Related to author: LADPP Sponsored London walk
Como mi tiempo en Londres llega a su fin, comienzo a repasar el pasado sobre todas las cosas maravillosas que pude experimentar y las grandes personas que conocí. Como estudiante, tuve la oportunidad de conocer la cultura británica a través de los cursos que tomé. Yo participe en diferentes excursiones como el Toynbee Hall, Brick Lane y Foundling Hospital. Eso se enfocó en las diferentes partes de Londres como el bienestar social, su historia y a la misma vez su entretenimiento lo cual fue muy beneficioso para mí de aprender.
Londres tiene una gran cantidad de mercados increíbles que retratan las diferentes culturas que están aquí y las diferentes cosas que son importantes para la cultura en su conjunto. Mi mercado favorito es el mercado de Camden. El mercado se compone de comida, ropa, y muchas culturas diferentes que se integran en un solo lugar. Tiene un ambiente punk y un increíble sentido de la aceptación de culturas del todo el mundo. He tratado muchos alimentos diferentes de Cuba, Perú, Argentina y Turquía y también he aprendido acerca de esas culturas a través de las visitas a Camden.
Junto con Camden, he visitado Greenwich Market, y el mercado de Portobello, y he encontrado que aprendo mucho sobre Londres por ir a esos mercados y sobre el barrio en el que se encuentra. Londres es una ciudad muy diversa y una manera de aprender acerca de las diferentes personas y los diferentes barrios. Es extremadamente útil para la comprensión de todo.
He encontrado que internar en Latin American Disabled People's Project (LADPP) también me ha permitido aprender sobre Londres y las formas en que un grupo puede tener dificultades en su integración a la cultura. Pienso que mi tiempo en LADPP ha desarrollado mi entendimiento de otras partes de Londres que no son tan evidentes. Pienso que me ha hecho ser más abierta a lo desconocido y hacer preguntas para empezar a entender las formas en que otras personas viven en Londres.
Fue un lugar increíble para aprender acerca de mí misma, ser curiosa, construir una aceptación de lo desconocido, y empezar a amar las diferencias entre otras personas. En general, mi estancia en Londres ha sido más que magnífico y estoy agradecida por tener la oportunidad de descubrir mis habilidades y empezar a contribuir una perspectiva intercultural cuando regrese a América.
Foto, texto y traduccion por: Scarlyn Gutierrez
As my time in London comes to an end, I reminisce on all the amazing things I got to experience and the great people I got to meet. As a student, I had the opportunity to know the British culture through the courses I took. I participated in many tours such as the Toynbee Hall, Brick Lane, and Foundling Hospital. It focused on the different parts of London as social welfare, its history and at the same time its entertainment which was very beneficial for me to learn.
London has a lot of amazing markets that portray the different cultures that exist and the different things that are important to the culture as a whole. My favourite market is Camden Market. The market consists of food, clothing, and many different cultures integrating into one place. It has a punk atmosphere and an incredible sense of acceptance for different cultures. During my time at Camden, I have tried many different foods from Cuban, Peruvian, Argentinean, and Turkish and have also learned about those cultures through those visits.
Along with Camden, I have visited Greenwich Market, Portobello Market, and have found that I learned a lot about London by going to those markets and about the neighbourhood in which is located. London is an extremely diverse city so to learn about the different people and the different neighbourhoods was extremely useful to the understanding of it all.
I have found that interning at Latin America Disabled People's Project (LADPP) has also allowed me to learn about London and the ways in which a group can often have hardships when integrating into the culture. I believe that my time at LADPP developed my understanding to other parts of London that are not apparent to a lot of people. I believe that I have brought myself to become more open to the unknown and ask questions to begin to understand the ways in which other people live in London.
It was an incredible place for me to learn about myself, to be curious, build an acceptance for the unknown, and begin to love differences amongst one another. Overall, my time in London has been nothing but magnificent and I am grateful for having the opportunity to discover my abilities and pass a cross-cultural perspective to America.
Text and Photo by: Scarlyn Gutierrez
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