On a trip to Petaluma we were walking around and this mural stopped me dead in my tracks. I LOVE IT! I love the way it looks, that it’s there for everyone to see and that it says that is has that oh so powerful word prominently emblazoned on it, “MIGRA.” La migra refers to immigration authorities and I’ve never heard it said affectionately. It’s always sounded like a warning.
C de Villasante, the artist who created the Migra mural in 2015, says:
Living in Sonoma County, also known as wine country, I have become acutely aware of the economic dependence on immigrant labor of viticulture. We as a society are very concerned with fair trade in other counties for goods such as coffee, jewelry and other luxury items but somehow immigrant labor here in California is more or less ignored. This mural is intended to at least raise awareness of this shadow economy which benefits us all, but which we do not acknowledge.
I showed you mine, now show me yours.
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