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The Latina/o Law Students' Association provides a forum for Latino issues, both international and domestic,that are important to WCL students. Our main objective is to promote Latino awareness and participation in the legal community through programs designed to assist students in all aspects of student life, from law school admissions to life after graduation. Programs include networking opportunities, speakers, seminars, community service projects, and debates on Latino issues. Together with our Latina/o Alumni Association, we aim to support diversity in the legal profession and justice for all communities.
Ode to Maize
America, from a grain
Self-Portrait with Monkey 1938
"Talk is cheap...It is the way we organize and use our lives everyday that tells what we believe in." Cesar Chavez
“Freedoms, like privileges, prevail or are imperiled together You cannot harm or strive to achieve one without harming or furthering all.” Jose Marti
"The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace." Carlos Santana
"There is enough love and good will in our movement to give energy to our struggle and still have plenty left over to break down and change the climate of hate and fear around us." Cesar Chavez
Did I Redeem Myself?
From 'The Woman I Kept to Myself'
Did I redeem myself, Mami? Papi?
Was I the native child you dreamed up
as you lay in the foreign bed you’d made
your first and failed exile in New York?
Did I excuse your later desertion,
leaving your friends behind to die? Did I
help to reframe that choice as sacrifice:
you gave your girls the lives they would have missed
growing up in a double tyranny
of patriarchy and dictatorship?
Did I redeem myself, my sisters, for those nights
I kept you up with Chaucer lullabies?
My love poems at your weddings? My calls
at midnight with a broken heart? And you,
dear lovers whom I mistook for husbands,
do you forgive me for forsaking you?
I heard—or thought I heard—a stronger call.
This love did prove the truest, after all.
And friends, can this be tender for your care?
Have I kept some of my promises here?
But harder still, my two Americas.
Quisqueya, did I pay my debt to you,
drained by dictatorship and poverty
of so much talent? Did I get their ear,
telling your stories in the sultan’s court
until they wept our tears? And you, Oh Beautiful,
whose tongue wooed me to service, have I proved
my passion would persist beyond my youth?
Finally, my readers what will you decide
when all that’s left of me will be these lines?