Open Doors

Leer en español In the rural communities where I have spent the last two years, it is rare to see a door closed and locked up.  If someone is present in the house, the door is open and welcoming.  Walking through town and being pulled into any and every house to talk, drink a juice,…

Learning from Ledis

Leer en español Ledis is one of those community leaders who are not very visible.  Libertad is full of assertive, vocal leaders who are quick to get up front and speak their mind on behalf of the community.  Ledis demonstrates a different kind of leadership to the people of Libertad; her quiet demeanor lends itself…

A Liberteño in Chocó

Leer en español In August of 2014, a representative from the community council of Libertad, Sucre, Colombia had the opportunity to go to the state of Chocó.  We learned many things about life in Chocó- we saw dredges and the difference between the contaminated water and the pure water from the streams; we saw different…

Let’s Go Vote

Leer en español Every day I wake up, sweep my patio, and head over to my neighbor’s house to share some coffee sweetened like candy.  We chat about baseball, ask our friend how his cows are doing, and make jokes about how a gringa loves living in an Afro community so much. But on voting…

How the Heck Am I Supposed to Love Them?

Leer en español For the last four years I have carried a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. around with me wherever I have moved: Cartagena, Minneapolis, Denver, and now it is on my wall above my kitchen sink in Libertad. I love this idea of community and remembering that I am not on this…