Friday, November 25, 2016

Supporting the Neighborhood

Last weekend I was happy to attend the Barrio Roots mural dedication at Mixteca, at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Mixteca Organization Inc. is a community-based organization located in Sunset Park. It was established in 2000 by a group of concerned community members to address critical needs in health, education, social and legal issues facing the burgeoning Mexican and Latin American immigrant community in Brooklyn.
Mixteca’s emergence as a well-regarded and heavily utilized community resource reflects the tremendous need among Latino immigrants for information, services, support and community.

The need is greater than ever in the current climate of post-election anxiety.  If you'd like to make to donations to Mixteca, or explore volunteer opportunities, including ESOL or computer literacy instruction, you can find information here.

Here's a great video showing the evolution of the mural.

An article in Civic Ideas, by Nidia Bautista, tells more about domestic violence survivor Leticia Reyes Garcia, who is featured in the mural, and Mixteca's work in the community.

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