Whether or not someone has made a mistake in their past doesn’t change the fact that they’re still a human being. That we are still human beings who belong here in this country and who belong here with our families and our children. – Araceli Velasquez Denver, CO
You have to support something like this [The People’s Resolution] to make a change in Colorado. That way there won’t be more families separated. You have the voice to demand that Congress does their job at the national level. – Ingrid Encalada Latorre, Boulder, CO
It will be … 30 years here. It’s not like yesterday or two years ago. I have contributed a lot to this country…It has been my dream in this country to have my own business, a well-established business. But …I’m getting old, with the dream inside. – Rosa Sabido, Mancos, CO
I’m not a criminal. I’m not doing anything wrong. I don’t have a legal paper, but I don’t need a legal paper to stay with the kids. I’m a mother. I don’t need that. – Sandra Lopez, Carbondale, CO
Motus Theater, in collaboration with journalists and sanctuary leaders, is launching the UndocuAmerica Performance and Media Project with the special performance Women of Resolution. This performance brings to stage the stories of four Colorado women forced to seek Sanctuary in their fight for justice and to stay with their families. These four women: Araceli Velasquez, Ingrid Encalada Latorre, Rosa Sabido, and Sandra Lopez are also the leaders behind The People’s Resolution, which offers a simple, replicable, legislative solution designed to prevent other Colorado families from being separated.
The performance is developed from interviews and photos from award-winning journalist, Joel Dyer (Boulder Weekly) and woven together with music sung by Teresita Lozano. Because the women can’t leave Sanctuary to read their own stories or come to the legislature to advocate for their rights, their stories will be read on stage by members of the Colorado State Legislature, including Rep. Jonathan Singer, Rep. Leslie Herod, and Rep. Joseph Salazar.
The reading will be followed by a live poetic response from award-winning feminist and civil rights slam poet Dominique Christina, and a talkback discussion with sanctuary leaders, including, Jeanette Vizguerra.
If you cannot attend the live performance, consider joining Ingrid Encalada Latorre and other Sanctuary movement leaders at the Boulder Unitarian Universalist Church (5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80303) for a free live-stream screening of the performance. Or invite your friends and host your own watch party. Contact Motus Theater at email@example.com to get the live-stream link and other useful information.
And don’t miss the Boulder Weekly‘s spotlight pieces about Araceli Velasquez, Ingrid Latorre, Rosa Sabido, and Sandra Lopez between Thursday, September 20th and Thursday, October 11th.