They’re women. They’re Latina. They’re artists. They’re activists.
The people who make up OBRA Collective plan to use all those attributes to bring attention to the issues that immigrants – both documented and undocumented – face every day.
In Spanish, obra means “to work or act.” In English, the acronym OBRA stands for observe, bridge, respond, art. In Charlotte, it’s the name of a new arts advocacy group with members in Charlotte and communities in the surrounding area.
“The main goal is to spread information,” said founder Megan Walsh, 24, an artist living in Myers Park. As youth development coordinator of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, Walsh witnesses the problems immigrants deal with on a regular basis.
The most common problem, she says, is deportation splitting up families.
“It’s a huge issue in the Latin community,” said Walsh. “We see this at the coalition every single day. Everyone is pretty much touched by it here in our youth group.” Read more at The Charlotte Observer