Latinas find their identity in two cultures
“I left my country, and then I came to live in another culture,” says Maria Heart, pointing to the flag. She’s speaking in Spanish -- Heart married an American, but she was born in Mexico. Next, Heart gets out a Mexican flag and puts the two flags together. “Now I’m living in two cultures,” she says.
Heart and the other women are part of a group in Corvallis called the Organizacion de Latinas Unidas, or the Organization of United Latinas.
The groups started as a result of a health program at Casa Latinos Unidos De Benton County, a Latino nonprofit. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, executive director of the nonprofit, got a $5,000 grant in September 2009 from the state Office of Multicultural Health and Services to create a health and nutrition program for Latina women. The program included a Zumba aerobics exercise class and a cooking class.
After the money ran out, the women wanted more. So Gonzales-Berry got $2,500 from the Benton County Health Department to put together regular Zumba classes.
Recently, the women participated in a rally on the Oregon State University campus against SB 1070, the new Arizona immigration law.
$7,500 in tax dollars for a racist group to do dance exercises called Zumba. Oregonians had to earn $83K to make the money to pay the taxes for this. How many times a day do our government overlords hand out this kind of money, meant for health care, for these purposes?