PAYCE Fellow Noura Abughosh (An-Najah National University) hears in local advocate Marlu Abarca’s story the echoes of a Frost poem. In pushing for a voice for her and others like her, Abarca is pursuing the path less traveled. Noura describes how Marlu reflects on teen experiences with her family and her move from Los Angeles to Iowa. For Noura, Marlu overcomes adversity and makes a difference in her city.
Music by Wind Marching for Rain, “Puddle of Infinity” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTcMMFXDYeY
Marlu Abarca is a Los Angeles native who moved to Iowa for college in 2010. After moving to Des Moines in 2014, she has gotten involved in civic engagement through local non-profits, like Al Éxito!, volunteering at Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs, and a full-time job at the Des Moines Public Library. PAYCE Fellow Genesis Buckhalton (Drake University) describes how Marlu focuses on local change to bring cultural awareness and to represent the Latino community in Iowa.
“Flauta” from Miente, miente, que algo queda by los tu.l.a. Released: 2018. Track 9. At Free Music Archive.