NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WWLP) – A march in Northampton Saturday to raise awareness for the Latino community of Hampshire County.
Dozens of people gathered at Northampton High School and marched to City Hall. They called the walk a “Caminata,” to promote Latino pride in the heart of Northampton.
They carried colorful balloons to represent their diverse cultural backgrounds. They held a banner for Casa Latina, an organization that has been advocating for the Latino community for the last 40 years.
Sheri Hall-Smith, President Board of Directors, Casa Latina said, “It’s primarily to raise awareness for the Latino community and the work that Casa Latina is doing for the Latino community within Hampshire County.”
Teresita Castano, from Northampton said, “Casa Latina is an organization that has been serving Latinos in the area for many years. They need to have a presence.”
The march was also a fundraiser. They took pledges and a portion of their lunch proceeds were donated to Casa Latina.