“WE HAVE MANY BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONS; FAMILY VIOLENCE IS NOT ONE OF THEM.” La Alianza
With September being Hispanic Heritage Month, we are about to see, hear and experience all the beauty, sounds, smells, and tastes of everything Hispanic. Our presence is felt everywhere you go. We are here from various countries, speaking various forms of Español (Spanish) and many dialects. Many of us don’t speak any other language but English and remain Hispanic/Latino in our souls and in our knowing. As a Board Member of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, I was once quoted as saying “our people have a knowing that comes from generations that tells us instinctively that the perfect launching pad to do this work is by working together.”
Hombres y Mujeres, Juntos/Juntas por nuestra reverencia a la familia, a la cultura, al respeto, a nuestra fe, al amor, a nuestros hijo/as. Eso es nuestra historia, nuestro espiritu, decendencia y herencia. Es el legado y la lucha que nos han puesto en las manos para cultivar, proteger, criar y lanzar al mundo.
[Men and Women working together out of reverence for the family and the culture, for respect, for our faith, for love and for our sons and daughters. That is our history, our spirit, our descendants, our inheritance. It is the legacy and the struggle that’s been put in our hands to cultivate, protect, nurture, and launch into the world.]
So as we continue in this “knowing” to end family violence, we are anchored by this rich history and sense of commitment. We recognize that domestic violence within Latino families occurs in the context of communities suffering from a legacy of multiple oppressions. And yet we remain ever willing to promote understanding, initiate and sustain dialogue, and generate solutions that move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities, with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities.
Patricia S. Castillo L.M.S.W., Executive Director
The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative