They were four sisters and they dared to speak out against the RafaelLeonidas Trujillodictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Three of the Mirabal sisters paidthe ultimate price, cruelly murdered by the regime. They were dubbed LasMariposas — The Butterflies — which became the subject of writer JuliaAlvarez’s award-winning novel
??In the Time of the Butterflies.
Just a few weeks ago, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman got a chance to speak with Julia Alvarez at theBreadloaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. They had a chance to talk aboutthe Alvarez family which fled the Trujillo regime and what it was like growingup Latina in the United States.
- Julia Alvarez, author of ??In the Time of the Butterflies and ??Howthe Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. She lives in Vermont and teaches atMiddlebury College.
- Latino Link story on Haiti-Dominican Republic relations