Love and support for Mexico is spreading far and wide.
Across the pond in London, a group of Mexican women extended kindness to counteract the anti-immigrant hate in the U.S. by creating a beautiful “Wall of Hope.”
Their small-scale but big-hearted effort invited the contributions of Latinos living in the U.K. and any others who feel that a wall will only divide us even further.
The organized event was held on Sunday, February 26, and gathering drew quite the crowd.
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“We want to build a wall of hope,” the group stated on Facebook. “Our wall is a mural that celebrates life.”
For one entire day, the community in London gathered in front of the U.S. embassy and embraced Mexican culture with traditional art, music, and food.
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“Let’s bring food to share, while enjoying building the wall and singing or dancing with performers and chanting our favorite slogans,” organizers said on Facebook. “Ours is a wall that bridges, that unites and creates cohesion, that supports love and hope. Our wall is about us, all of us.”
Beautiful handmade art covered this wall of hope.
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“On one side there will be a tree painted for people to hang their messages of hope and on the other side an altar that will be a celebration to life and that will be dedicated to people who have died across the border,” Feregrino said to Noticias MVS.
Organizers also held a mini-fundraising campaign to help pay for the materials to build the “wall of hope.” Their goal was to raise about $400 dollars and they accomplished it!
And they invited traditional Mexican dancers.
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So beautiful, right?!
Paola Feregrino, one of the organizers, told Noticias MVS that this event was created to because of “a concern to be together as a Mexican community and of people who want to show their solidarity to Mexico.”
An event like this in London is a sign of its growing Latino population.
44 percent of London’s population consists of ethnic minorities. Brazilians make up most of London’s Latino population, with almost 55,000 living there, according to a 2011 census report. Mexican make up almost 10,000 of London’s population.
Hopefully this is just one of the many events that will be organized by these incredible people.
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“Walls are used to build houses, schools, hospitals, community centers, churches and art spaces,” organizers said on Facebook. “A wall of hope is a mural made of flowers, art and messages of peace living together.”
What do you think of Latinos celebrating Mexican culture with a “Wall of Hope” in London?