Local artists team up to push immigration reform

April 24, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Partisan tempers flared at a Senate immigration hearing earlier this week.

NY Senator Chuck Schumer suggested that some were using the Boston bombings as “an excuse” to slow down or stop the immigration reform bill.

There are local efforts to get involved in the conversation.

“There’s the border and it’s representing all the people who have died attempting to cross the border,” said  Zuleyma Castrejon a student at Johnson C. Smith University.

Documenting the undocumented.

Through art local activists hope to change public perception of immigrants.  Read more at

Charlotte-area art activists take on immigration reform

April 16, 2013

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