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For the Love of the Animals

By Karen Ocampo

“They teach us to be compassionate,” Sandra Cisneros mentioned while she contemplated her doggy friends jumping from one side to another joyfullly. Cisneros is a Chicana writer known for books such as The House on Mango Street and Caramelo, both pieces that continually relate to her identity as a new and old world mestiza, as she explains it.

Next Thursday, October 1, she will be at the Auditorio Miguel Malo de Bellas Artes, reading literary works to raise funds for four organizations that promote respect and care for animals.

Having a conversation with Sandra Cisneros is enough to bring out her sensitivity for life. It’s hard not to be captivated by her passionate conversation and moving world view. In every story you can hear her pride for her humble roots and her particular mix of her parents’ personalities. Her origins have made her an incomparable human being who is perceptive to a living being’s light, especially speaking of animals “…they emit their own light… which helps to open the heart.” The event will include two other Mexican personalities: Victor Sahuatoba and Anabella Martínez. There will be two sections:

First, at 7pm, Cisneros and Sahuatoba (writer, poet, and essayist) will read excerpts from their works. He’ll read a verse and a story in Spanish, while Sandra alternately will read the same in English. Later, she will read an abridged version of her story “Have you seen María? is in its original language, while Anabella Martinez will read it in Spanish to the public.

And at 8:30 pm, a debut short story about a woman’s love for animals will be highlighted. This section will be performed by Cisneros and Martínez.

All the funds raised from the tickets and the book sale will be allocated to four sanmiguelenses organizations: Sociedad Protectora de Animales, Amigos de los Animales, Santuario Felino de Rey Ashoka A.C., and Adopciones Perrunas.

Sandra speaks of her admiration for Saint Francis of Assisi. This Italian saint who profoundly loved animals once said: “Man must take empathy for those animals, homeless, abandoned and abused; only then there will be peace … otherwise the day will come when men will not only abuse animals but also their human peers.”


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