Juana Alicia, La Llorona

"Juana Alicia created her new mural titled “La Llorona’s Sacred Waters” in the spring of 2004 at the corners of York and 24th Streets. With fiscal sponsorship by The San Francisco Women’s Center and the Galeria de la Raza, the support of Las Trenzas Latina Student and Alumnae Organization of UC Berkeley, and funding from The Potrero Nuevo Fund, The San Francisco Mayor’s Neighborhood Beautification Fund, the Greppi and Leone family and private donors, the artist was able to complete this project on women, water and globalization, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District." -- Juana Alicia

"La Llorona weaves together the stories of women in Bolivia, India, and at the U.S. Border together. It highlights Bolivians in Cochabamba who have fought to keep Bechtel Corporation from buying the water rights in their country; Indian farm workers in the Narmada Valley protesting in the flooded waters of their homes against their government’s irresponsible dam projects; and the women in black protesting the unsolved murders of women in Juarez, in the shadow of the Rio Bravo and the maquiladoras (sweatshops).                              -- Leticia Hernandez

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"In Mexican folklore, La Llorona, "The Weeping Woman") is a ghost of a woman who lost her children and now cries while looking for them in the river, often causing misfortune to those who are near or hear her." -- Wikipedia

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Juana Alicia painting the La Llorona mural in the San Francisco Mission District