Altar of $1 bills remembers immigrant lives lost

Oct. 30, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.

On her table, Celina Gallardo Yoast had a stack of $1 bills. Each bill represented a life lost.

According to U.S. Border Patrol data obtained by the National Foundation for American Policy, 477 immigrants died last year trying to enter America, the second highest record total since 1998.

"I'm using dollars because that's what they die for," Yoast said.

Nobody represents them, she said.

Nobody speaks for them, she said.

"They come here with the hope to have a better life," she continued. "To do jobs that Americans don't want to do. There are people willing to give up their lives for these jobs."

To raise a voice for the lives lost, Yoast will hang a statement piece at the Nave's Dia de los Muertos exhibit, which opens to members Friday night and to the public Saturday.

Following a somber walk Saturday morning from St. Mary's Catholic Church in downtown Victoria to the Nave, a free festival will take place offering events such as face painting, live performances, mariachi music and a mercado (market).

Curated retablos (a devotional work of art) also will be on display in a silent auction that runs through Dec. 15.

The somber march begins at 11 a.m., and the festival will end with a candlelight March of Remembrance around DeLeon Plaza.



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