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Peace and Social Justice Center Annual Dinner
December 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$25
“A Community Raising its Voice” with leader and activist Claudia Amaro.
Dinner is $25. Please RSVP at 316 263-5886. Seating is limited.
My name is Claudia Amaro. I am one of the owners of AB&C Bilingual Resources LLC. I started this company with 2 of my sisters in 2017, to close the gaps between different cultures in our city when language is a barrier. As well as to helping local businesses, non-profits and people to understand and be more inclusive with minorities, which in this case is mainly the Latino community. I, have a weekly community Radio Show in La Raza 99.7 FM, called Planeta Venus. Every Monday night I invite members of the community: Professionals, business owners, community in general to come to my show and share their stories. The radio show talks about different topics, shares valuable information to bring the Latino community together. Planeta Venus is one of the few media that informs the Latino community about local events and news. I also serve in different boards like the Mexico Committee for the Wichita Area Sister Cities, the WPD Hispanic Advisory Board among others. I love Wichita, and I am passionate about cultures, community, and unity. I often gets invited to speak in different panels about Immigration as I have a powerful story myself and I like to help others with my own story. In 2016, I helped the Kansas Leadership Center to start the first leadership program in Spanish in Wichita, and a year later I started a Leadership program for Latino Youth with the support of the Kansas Leadership Center, WSU and Botanica Gardens, to help them feel more confident and give them some tools to attend college. Part of my story is featured in three books including Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream.
I graduated from High School in 1993, with very good grades, and with my dreams to go to college like some of my friends. I knocked too many doors in different colleges and Universities. From Colorado to California, thinking that my grades were going to make it easy for me. The first thing they asked me was if I had a green card; I didn’t.
Back then I wasn’t sure what I wanted my major to be, I was good in Math, but I also wanted to be a journalist, couldn’t do any. In 1994 I found a private school in Hollywood, American Communication Institute, where I learn about Broadcasting Journalism (focused on Radio). In 1996 I moved to Wichita Kansas and work for a couple Spanish radio stations, and eventually started my own newspaper.
In 2006, my husband was deported to Mexico, then I too the difficult decision of going back to Mexico with him and my son. It was hard because I was leaving my sisters and mom behind and did not know when I was going to see them again. Once in Mexico I got the opportunity of going to school, I got certified as a teacher, and taught in different schools from Elementary to University. In 2012, I finally enrolled in University to pursue my bachelor’s degree. That same year my husband was kidnapped for ransom and I had to leave, starting my journey to come back home. I had to quit college, in order to save my life.
It has been almost five years since I came back, and while fighting to stay in the United States, my home, with my family, I want to continue working on my dreams. Last semester, I enrolled at Butler Community College, here in Kansas. I did not qualify for In-State Tuition, making it really hard for me. But I do not want to quit on my dreams, this semester I am working very hard on my classes, where I am pursuing a major in advertising.
I want to ask for your help…