Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Real Story of the Superheroes • DULCE PINZÓN

ROBIN Ernesto Méndez from México City
works as a prostitute in Times Square for 2 years
Sends home $200 per week

GATUBELA (Catwoman) Minerva Valencia from Puebla
works as a babysitter in New York
sends home $400 per week

SUPERMAN Noe Reyes from the State of Puebla
Works as fast-food delivery boy in Brooklyn
sends home $500 per week

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the US. Conversely, the US economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.
Dulce Pinzón


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