Somos una pareja de migrantes itinerantes asi que nos es difícil acomodar regalos tradicionales. Ademas, su presencia en la boda es ya de por si un regalo. Para quienes -de cualquier forma- sientan muchas ganas de darnos algo, aquí están algunas ideas.
Since we are quite a mobile couple and will probably be moving around for the foreseeable future, we can’t really accommodate traditional wedding gifts. Plus, your presence at the wedding is a big enough gift for us on its own. For those of you who still feel like giving us something though, here are some options to make life easier.
Tenemos en la mira un estudio del gran mural del maestro David Alfaro Siqueiros, "La marcha de la humanidad". A demás de ser una pieza que apreciamos por sus cualidades artísticas, representa valores ideológicos que compartimos profundamente. Si quieren hacer una pequeña contribución, éste es un regalo que apreciaríamos mucho! Pueden llevar la contribucion a la boda o mandarla a casa de la familia de Mike: 560 Riverside Drive #22L, New York, NY 10027.
We are trying to buy a study from the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. This is a sketch from his master piece "La marcha de la humanidad"(The march of humanity), which expresses - amongst other things -, the spirit of the social and cultural revolution in México during the 20th century. If you want to make a small contribution to our effort to buy the sketch that would be a great gift! You can just bring the contribution to the wedding or send to Mike's parents house: 560 Riverside Drive #22L, New York, NY 10027.
To learn more about "La marcha de la humanidad" and Siqueiros, go to:
The Foundation where Mike works is supporting an organization called INFANT in Peru to work with a group of about fifty children who have organized themselves and are doing advocacy to make sure that their neighborhood is safe. Specifically, every year the area where they live floods causing health problems and drownings. Better housing could prevent this and so the kids are collecting data to present their case to the mayor’s office.
In order to achieve their goal, they need to purchase a small boat (around USD 400) that they can use in their community organizing work since this is the only way to go from house to house. Your contribution will go toward this part of their work. Since they don’t have an easy way to donate online, you can just give us your contribution at the wedding or send to Mike's parents house (560 Riverside Drive #22L, New York, NY 10027). We will wire the full amount we collect to them after the wedding is over.
To learn more about the organization, check out the website (only available in Spanish): www.infantnagayama.org
In 2006, we both spent some time in Kenya working with the United Nations. During our time there, we came across a very inspiring organization called Carolina for Kibera. This organization has grown and runs activities ranging from using sports to teach healthy life choices and promote peace across gender and ethnic divides to creating jobs for youth collecting trash, recycling and creating crafts with the reusable materials.
For more information about what they do, how they do it and how to donate, check out their website: http://cfk.unc.edu/whatwedo/
Mike is a board member of small organization called Shine A Light that has two headquarters – one in the United States and one in Brazil. Five years ago, Shine a Light worked with a dozen children and teenagers from the poorest favelas of the Recife, Brazil to record a CD of rap music against gang violence and police brutality. This CD went on to win the Freedom to Create Youth Prize and brought the rappers to London, Vienna, France and Italy. With the profits from these awards and shows, the young men and women and their producer, DJ Big, created the Ato Periférico Studio, where musicians from slums all over the city come to record their work, and where hundreds of children are now learning hip-hop and peace education.
Shine a Light is now going back to Recife to make "Return to the City of Rhyme," a film showing how these teenagers have made peace as they have made art. You can contribute to this or any of Shine A Light’s other projects online by sending a donation to: Shine a Light, la red internacional pro niños de la calle, 1012 Márquez Place, 204B, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
To learn more about the project and the organization, check out this link: http://www.shinealight.org/CityOfRhyme.html