Service and help

Blas: Martin Luther King Day March

Crowd holding signs

This picture is at a march on Martin Luther King Day. We went on a march for everybody. So many black people have been attacked recently by the police. They’ve been killed in other states and so we went on that march to keep them company. We’re part of them too, we march in solidarity with them because immigrants also get beaten up. I really liked this picture because when we were in front, I thought that maybe we were few. But then I looked back and I saw how many people were behind us. So then I raised my arm and took that picture.

Blas: Marching for Casa Latina

Demonstrators at march with sign

We went to that march because they are part of the community, so we can all move forward and we can all help each other. And maybe one day when it’s the workers day, they will also come and be with us so they can also support us, so we all support each other in the community. As you can see there are several of us here, there’s women, there’s men, some older, some younger, everybody joyful, keeping each other company.

Salomón: Helping Others

Picture of Salomon

The work that I am doing contributes to other people’s lives. I want others to see people who are not hiding but who can go show themselves. And also struggle and say ‘Yes we can,’ and prepare ourselves and work to take different type of actions because just having a job, or two jobs, or three jobs is not enough. You need to develop yourself as a person.

Salomón: The March

Demonstrators with sign

This is Casa Latina; it’s the demonstration, at the march. I see people, workers who get together every day with the purpose of getting a job, but also to contribute, to have the voices of each one of us heard. That it’s not just like people think that we are, that we’re here to take other people’s jobs. No, we want jobs and we want to contribute something.

Jimmy: Atmosphere

People sitting at Casa Latina

Casa Latina is gold for me, because from here I started, and I have also helped myself. I have learned the language, it has given me an understanding of many things that I didn’t use to have. I know when somebody new comes here they are helped a lot.

María: Breakfast

Statue at Casa Latina

This represents my breakfast, because we come here to Casa Latina and we leave with no work, then we go to this place and we have breakfast, a bowl of oatmeal, some juice, a doughnut, something to start the day with breakfast. We arrive there, we ask for a ticket, and we go have breakfast. They’ve also told us that we can come during the mid-day and have a meal.

Ventura: City Hall

Homeless people inside City Hall

I live there in City Hall, that is where we stay, and where we can sleep. During the day there are people who arrive to work.... I don’t know what they do, all I know is it is called City Hall. For us, all we do is sleep when we arrive. Sometimes when I make money, I don’t visit the shelter. I eat what I want, drink what I want, but when my money is spent, I go to the shelter and I get in line. In Seattle there are many places where they will feed you. But it is food that many don’t like. It’s not like buying your own

Jimmy: Shelter

Top of building with clock

This is a building where people go, it’s like a church. You go in there and you can rest, and they have bathrooms, and you can sit there and relax and no one kicks you out. It was really a nice picture because you can see the plate with a clock and below that there is the door, and some people go in and out that door to smoke or to hang out by the door. That’s a shelter and that’s where people eat.

Juan: Will I Go Fight In A War?

Soldier

That is a soldier. He is dressed in his uniform and he represents the training he has received. It makes me think of my training I received when I was in Guatemala. I feel that I was well-trained in my country. I could join the army here if they told me to go. I hear how the US army is fighting in Iraq and Iran and I ask myself, will I go and fight in that war?

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