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Artist and Activist, Soraida Martinez, and Actor, Rosie Perez, at AIDS Conference in Miami Beach
Latina Artist, Soraida Martinez, known for raising awareness of social issues for the purpose of promoting tolerance and understanding, creates painting for the 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS in Miami; Rosie Perez is guest speaker.
For the 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS, Soraida created the Verdadism painting, “Latinas and the Unspoken Taboo Killer, AIDS.” According to Soraida’s written social commentary:
”I tell people that one doesn't have to have AIDS to be active in an epidemic that is killing people everyday. One should get educated and be aware of all health issues. We cannot wait for the government to help us...let’s face it...the government already wishes that all Latinos would just go away.
Many Latinos don't want to realize that this is a disease that should be acknowledged and dealt with. Traditional Latino culture doesn't want to deal with this because AIDS is considered a very taboo subject. Mainly because of the label that the Catholic Church has for years put on the disease: that only ‘gays’ and ‘drug users’ get AIDS. The reality of it all that AIDS may be in your life one day: straight, educated, good looking, married, family oriented, church abiding people get AIDS too.
We are all human beings and one never knows when a family member may get AIDS. The way I look at this, when people are dying, as human beings, we should all care. As nurturers of the home, Latinas should get active in their communities and take the stigma out of this serious health issue.
Lets make sure that we educate our children; education is the key to stopping AIDS. Education will help curtail the ever-growing number of Latinos affected everyday with AIDS. My feeling is that AIDS is going to be the biggest epidemic that Latinos are going to face in this century. We have many Latino immigrants coming to the US everyday that may already be affected with AIDS and don’t know it…and, yes, what we don't know is going to hurt us.”
Soraida is nationally recognized as a socially conscious artist who promotes tolerance and understanding. Through this Verdadism painting, Soraida hopes to bring more attention to the AIDS epidemic that is affecting Latinos. For information on the socially conscious art of Soraida Martinez, visit www.soraida.com.
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Since 1992, artist and activist Soraida Martinez has been recognized for raising awareness of social issues for the purpose of promoting tolerance and understanding. Soraida's socially conscious Verdadism art with written social commentaries addresses racism, sexism, stereotyping, family relationships and the universal human condition, from the perspective of the artist's personal life experiences and her observations on life. For this reason, Soraida has created a painting on Latinos and AIDS.