“I wish I could open your heart.”
In the weeks following President Trump’s election, the children’s anxieties grew. “At community meetings, they’re being told what to do if someone came to the door, if their parents get picked up. It’s a lot for kids to deal with. The kids were verbalizing this stuff,” explained Whitaker.
So, the staff decided to do something. Working with Nora Litz, a Mexican-born artist, teacher and community organizer, Mighty Writers gathered 30 Mexican-American kids between the ages of seven and 13, for several Saturday afternoon workshops. The students worked on writing and visual art projects that explain the stories of how their families came to America and how they’re feeling in the current political climate.
“We saw the kids were getting a lot of relief from it,” says Whitaker. “Instead of being in the shadows or scared, they were expressing themselves. They were more angry about it than sorrowful.”