Sabor Latino supports Hispanic community
We are deeply saddened by the turn of events regarding the poster for the "Sabor Latino" party, which takes place tonight ["Party poster provokes reaction in Latin community," Oct. 30]. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to help our brothers on the poorest echelons of the Hispanic community in the Boston area. It upsets us that such controversy may take away luster from such noble purposes.
We wish to invite Georgina A. Maldonado '91 and all similarly concerned to come and take an active role in deciding future events, and to participate in the decision-making process. We understand her concerns: We are all trying to change our community.
We also understand that it is easier to criticize than it is to do. Needless to say, some mistakes will be made. For making mistakes comes with the territory when one's intention is to construct. However, we cannot agree with her plea for people not to attend the party to help a good cause.
Sabor Latino is an unprecedented event. Club Latino is organizing the event with the Graduate Student Council, La Union Chicana por Aztlan (LUChA), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Colombian Association, as well as a number of different organizations from other universities in the area.
Several meetings were held with representatives from most, if not all, organizations involved, in which issues such as the poster were discussed. It upsets us deeply to find that representatives of two of the organizers of the Sabor Latino party now come out in public to express their opposition to the poster. It is appalling to watch people changing their positions when something goes wrong.
No group can claim to represent the Hispanic community as a whole. In fact, we challenge anyone to come up with an accurate description of such a heterogeneous community. We invite people to rejoice while helping their brethren, and to come and see for yourself what the Latino community at MIT really looks like. Never judge a book by its cover.
Miguel Velez G->
Feniosky Pe~na G->
Natalio Pincever G->