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General News : Apr 7, 2016

Student group commemorates victims of violence in 34th Street mural

By Casey Wooster

In commemoration of Latin American women, who have lost their lives as victims of violence, members of the Latino-Hispanic Organization of Graduate Students (LOGRAS) created a mural on Northwest 34th Street.

The mural was inspired by the murders of Berta Cáceres, the activist killed for her fight in defense of Honduran environment, and Marina Menegazzo and María José Coni, the two Argentinian women that were killed while travelling in Ecuador. The mural symbolizes the students’ commitment for the freedom and equality of both men and women. The student group believes that this fight is part of our history and belongs to all of us.

Graduate art history student Macarena Deij Prado, a member of the organization, commented that organizing this mural was the first art project completed by them. She said the three women's stories angered them, so the group decided to make a statement through a mural.

“It’s part of our history, and we wanted to just say something about that,” Deij Prado said.

LOGRAS actively organizes free public events related to Latin American food, dance, talks, and film festivals among many other things. A few weeks ago, Deij Prado gave a highly attended cooking lesson in making Chilean empanadas.

For further information about LOGRAS, click here.