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Finding my Voice, Discovering Cincinnati and Building my Community Featured

My story is like those of many other immigrants who came to Cincinnati, following a dream of a better life for their family. But my story also has many faces and colors and is as diverse and rich as the Hispanics who now consider Cincinnati home.

My destiny was to be a lawyer and live in Venezuela. But everything changed when a Californian visited Caracas where I worked as a corporate lawyer. To make a long story short, love in times before the internet was very expensive; that year I left with a small suitcase and big dreams of starting a new life with my husband Paul.

The Hispanic community in Southern California welcomed me and I started working at organizations that promoted the creation of business, education and the rights of immigrants. I worked as a volunteer at the Family Court of the County of Riverside and Latino Lawyers Association, where I learned about the legal system in order to take the California BAR and helped victims of domestic violence. I was the official translator of the Riverside Community College, I wrote articles for newspapers in Southern California and was part of the "Sister City Program" with the city of Ensenada in Mexico. I also had the opportunity to work as the Spanish community liaison for the campaign of a US House of Representative candidate.

In California, my accent was invisible and I soon became more visible. !It was time to think about having a family, so we decided to investigate. We made Excel tables to compare the cost of living, schools, parks, and recreation sites. We ended up sending resumes to the three best places to raise families, after all the investigation. In 1995, Cincinnati was the third best city to start a family, so we sent over 80 resumes. My husband received a job offer at a local engineering company soon after. !We arrived in Cincinnati on a cold winter day in late 1995 with a few suitcases, but with big dreams of starting our family. !Emigrating is not easy, and I was soon voiceless and community-less.

In Cincinnati, my accent was visible and I soon became invisible. !It was as if I had lost my compass to navigate this new world. I shut up, no one understood and I communicated only by pointing my finger. My husband became my translator, and I did not go to anywhere without him. I felt alone, isolated because no one spoke my language, I did not know anyone. I isolated myself from the world. I learned to mourn from the depths of my being. !I could not understand how Cincinnati was one of the best places to have family and I could not even leave my house.

Shortly after, I got pregnant and I checked into the Kenwood YMCA. I took swimming lessons there and I met my first friends . My daughter was born and we moved into one of the best school districts in Cincinnati. Ivana grew up enjoying museums, Madcap puppets, the Lollypops, Cincinnati Opera concerts, libraries, parks and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. !With my daughter, I recovered my compass and I learned to sail in Cincinnati. !But something was missing, my community. It was the solidarity I had seen in California, the people who had taught me how important it is to keep our cultural roots because they are made with colors that do not fade so easily.

Suddenly I began to hear accents like mine, Spanish that I had never heard here in this foreign place before, the Spanish I had missed so dearly. I signed up to register voters in the area of Price Hill. Although there were not many, I met Latino leaders who showed me a community that had no voice, but needed to be heard. !Since I had experience as a writer, I took the plunge and knocked on the door of a Spanish local newspaper to write a column about the needs of our community, especially immigrant women. I still have the note they sent me as a souvenir of the first rejection I received that prepared me for many others. !In mid-2004, the Internet began to be used as an alternative media, escapeLatino.com gave me the opportunity to create MujerLatinaToday.com to write about the challenges met daily as immigrant women. 

My articles opened the doors where not many can come before and I began to meet the other Hispanic leaders in the community. I came to get to know them, sharing their stories on the domestic violence they face and fight back against, their daring entrepreneurial businesses, the mothers who face bullying in the schools. I shared their successes, learned leadership and began to connect and support others.

One day, the community started asking me if I could interview people who worked here or there; I became a reporter by accident. Thanks to social media, I have built my virtual neighborhood where we know our names and where our jobs are news, because we are building the future for our children. !I know the stories of women and men who are probably your neighbors, your doctors, your students, your landscapers, your dishwashers, your bosses or your coworkers. I know the names of many of them, with stories of big dreams with as little luggage as mine, but with a great desire to call Cincinnati home.

I was asked to write 1,000 words and each word for me is a face of my community. We are 60,000* Hispanics in the greater Cincinnati area that have learned to create individual or collective strategies to face challenges and obstacles together. We are building bridges of communication because we are strengthening our own culture by living our daily lives in our beautiful Queen City.

Their stories remind me of my family’s the Mowry-Mora’s, a Californian engineer who came with his wife to a new city 19 years ago looking for a better place to have a family, and whose family Cincinnati accepted with open arms and a warm heart.

Lorena Mora-Mowry is Mujer Latina Today a social media platform that connects, inspire and informs the Hispanic Latino in Ohio, the Midwest and all across the United States. She lives with her husband Paul Mowry in the Kenwood area in Cincinnati. Her daughter Ivana is a Davis scholar and currently attending the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West in New Mexico. !

*Source: www.cincinnatilatino.org

Encontrando mi voz, descubriendo Cincinnati y construyendo mi Barrio Virtual!

 Por Lorena Mora-Mowry!

Mi historia es como muchas otras de inmigrantes que llegaron a Cincinnati siguiendo un sueño de una mejor vida para su familia. Pero mi historia tiene también muchos rostros y colores, y es tan diversa y rica como lo son los hispanos que ahora consideran Cincinnati su hogar. !Mi destino era ser abogada y vivir en Venezuela. Pero todo cambio cuando un californiano visitó Caracas donde trabajaba como abogada corporativa y para hacer mi historia corta, amores en tiempos sin internet era muy costoso y al año llegué con una pequeña maleta, pero con grandes sueños de comenzar una nueva vida con mi esposo Paul.

La comunidad hispana del sur de California me dio la bienvenida y empecé a trabajar en organizaciones que fomentaban la creación de negocios, la educación y los derechos de los inmigrantes. Trabajé como voluntaria en la Corte de Familia del condado de Riverside y en Latino Lawyers Association, donde aprendí sobre el sistema legal con miras de tomar el BAR de California y ayudaba a las víctimas de violencia domestica. Era la traductora oficial del Riverside Community College, escribía artículos para periódicos del sur de California y era parte del programa “Sister City Program” con la ciudad de Ensenada en México. También tuve la oportunidad de trabajar como el enlace con la comunidad hispana para la campaña de un candidato al congreso de los Estados Unidos.

En California mi acento era invisible y al poco tiempo me hice más visible. !Pero llego el momento en pensar en tener familia y decidimos investigar y así entre cuadros de excel comparamos los costos de vida, las escuelas, parques, sitios de recreación y terminamos enviando resumes a los tres mejores lugares para tener familias. En 1995, Cincinnati era la tercera mejor ciudad para tener familia y después de enviar más de 80 resumes, mi esposo recibió una oferta de trabajo en una compañía de ingeniería local. !Llegamos a Cincinnati un frío día de invierno a finales del 1995 con pocas maletas, pero con grandes sueños de comenzar nuestra familia. !Emigrar no es nada fácil y de pronto me encontré sin voz y sin comunidad.

En Cincinnati mi acento era visible y al poco tiempo me hice invisible. !Era como si había perdido mi brújula para navegar en mi nuevo mundo. Me encerré, nadie entendía y solo me comunicaba señalando con mi dedo. Mi esposo se convirtió en mi traductor y yo no salía para ningún lado sin él. Me sentía sola, aislada porque nadie hablaba mi idioma, no conocía a nadie y me aislé del mundo. Aprendí a llorar desde lo más profundo de mi ser. !No podía entender cómo Cincinnati era uno de los mejores lugares para tener familia y yo ni siquiera podia salir de mi casa.

Al poco tiempo quedé embarazada y me registré en la YMCA de Kenwood. Tome clases de natación y ahí conocí a mis primeras amigas. Mi hija nació y nos mudamos en el área de una de las mejores escuelas de Cincinnati. Ivana creció disfrutando de los museos, las marionetas ! Finding my Voice, Discovering Cincinnati and Building my Community MadCaps, los conciertos Lollypops, Cincinnati Opera, las bibliotecas, los parques y la Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. !Con mi hija recupere la brújula y aprendí a navegar en Cincinnati. !Pero algo faltaba y era mi comunidad. Era la solidaridad que había conocido en California y que me había enseñado lo importante que es mantener nuestras raíces culturales porque están hechas con colores que no se destiñen tan fácilmente.

De pronto comencé a escuchar acentos como el mío, se escuchaba español donde nunca se había escuchado antes. Me anoté a registrar votantes en el área de Price Hill. Aunque no habían muchos, sin embargo conocí a líderes Latinos que me mostraron una comunidad que no tenia voz, pero que necesitaba ser escuchada. !Como tenia experiencia como escritora, me armé de valor y toque la puerta de un periódico local hispano para escribir una columna sobre las necesidades de nuestra comunidad, especialmente el de las mujeres inmigrantes. Todavía guardo la nota que me mandaron como recuerdo del primer rechazo que recibí y que me preparó para muchos otros. !A mediados del 2004 el internet comenzó a usarse como un medio alternativo, toque la puerta de escapeLatino.com y me dieron la oportunidad de crear mujerlatinatoday,com y escribir un sobre los retos que diariamente encontraba como mujer inmigrante. 

Mis artículos me abrieron las puertas donde no muchos pueden entrar y comencé a conocer las a otras hispanas. Conocí sus historias, unas de violencia domestica, otras de emprendedoras de negocios o de madres que enfrentaron bullying en las escuelas, compartimos triunfos, aprendí con liderazgo y comenzamos a conectarnos y apoyarnos. !Un día me preguntaron si podia entrevistar a esta persona que trabajaba aquí o la otra de allá, así me convertí en una reportera por accidente, y gracias a los medios sociales he podido construir mi barrio virtual, donde nos conocemos por nuestros nombres y en donde nuestros trabajos, son noticia porque estamos construyendo el futuro de nuestros hijos. !He conocido las historias de mujeres y hombres que seguramente son tus vecinos, tus médicos, tus alumnos, los que cortan tu grama, los que lavan los platos, tu jefe o tu compañeros de trabajo. Conozco los nombres de muchos de ellos, con historias de sueños grandes con maletas tan pequeñas como la mía, pero con una gran deseo de hacer Cincinnati, nuestro Cincinnati.

Me pidieron escribir 1,000 palabras y cada palabra para mi es un rostro de mi comunidad. Somos 60,000* hispanos en el area metropolitana de Cincinnati que hemos aprendido a crear estrategias individuales o colectivas para enfrentamos retos y obstáculos juntos. Estamos construyendo puentes de comunicacion porque estamos en la expectativa de incorporarnos a la cultura, al quehacer diario de una ciudad tan pujante como lo es Cincinnati. !Sus historias me recuerdan la de la familia Mowry-Mora, la del ingeniero Californiano que vino con su esposa a Cincinnati hace 19 años buscando un lugar mejor para tener familia, y cuya familia Cincinnati la aceptó con brazos abiertos y un cálido corazón.

Lorena Mora-Mowry es MujerLatinaToay.com una plataforma de medios sociales que conecta, inspira e informa la comunidad Hispana -Latina Digital y Móvil de Ohio, del Mediooeste y a largo de los Estados Unidos. Lorena vive con su esposo Paul Mowry en el área de Kenwood. Su hija Ivana es una Davis scholar y actualmente asiste al Armand Hammer United World College of the American West en Nuevo México.  ! Finding my Voice, Discovering Cincinnati and Building my Community !* Fuente: www.cincinnatilatino.org !

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