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"Pedro Lasch in his map and article "Latino/a America" envisions the Americas without any boundaries. He discusses how a map can show traces of immigrants travels. His work explores how globalization enforces boundaries to loosen the flow of capital while preventing movement of people."

"Pedro Lasch en su mapa y artículo, 'Latino/a America,' considera las Américas sin fronteras. Él discute cómo un mapa puede mostrar rastros de los viajes de inmigrantes. Su obra explora como globalización impone limites para aflojar el flujo de capital mientras se prohibe el movimiento de las personas."

Text from "Mapping Very Large Complicated Machines"
by Ted English for the online broadside Molossus– August 4, 2009.

Cita de "Mapear Maquinas Grandotes y Complicadas" por Ted English para el volante online Molossus– el 4 de Agosto, 2009

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Creative beings in Villa Soldati 02/07/2011

A month has passed since arriving back to Buenos Aires. The prior month was graciously spent family and friends after growing individually stronger and more distant from them too. It was redemptive time and sad to see the distance. Darkness and light are always present.

January blew by like a gust of rioplatense wind. We are about to start our 4th week of Clown shenanigans in a neighborhood in Villa Soldati. The past 3 have been full of clowns, puppets, football, and narrative.

Last week was extra special for me as the group of older kids (11-13) really enjoyed sitting down and talking about things, even if it was making fun of my Spanish or testing my knowledge of Argentine obscenities. It will never cease to amaze me the thoughts and ideas a lot of these kids have at their age. Tommy, who is 12 wants to be a lawyer. He is hoping to take part in a small-business start up. It will be a little ice cream business. 

On creation day we shared with the kids that we are all created in God's image and also able to create. We are creative beings. It was a great lesson for me. I needed it. Cathy, a friend from my Mission Year group, was discussing with our group the negative/positive, beautiful/ugly things of the world and if God had created both the good and bad. Tommy immediately said no. Tommy went on to say how God created us and how we are broken and have caused the negativity and ugly things in this world.
Listening to Cathy and Tommy dialogue was sobering and profound.

What was hard for me accept was that these kids could not point out any good in their community. Even though we shared that God is everywhere, therefore there is good everywhere, they couldn't see passed the violence, drugs, and prostitution surrounding them daily. What was awesome though was that Ezekiel, another friend from our group, immediately pointed to Tommy as his example for a positive/good thing he saw daily in his neighborhood. 


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