I’m someone who fights for my future. And for the futures of the people I love. I believe that all things are possible, one step at a time. And I’ve lived in Texas for fourteen years.
I have many concerns, though probably the greatest right now is the open hatred toward Hispanic and Latino community members - the racism is very strong. And it doesn’t matter whether a person is documented or undocumented - it is simply because we are Hispanic or Latino.
Terrible mean things happen in the schools. But kids are taught at home not to speak up. If we teach our children not to respond to hatred - to let other children say what they’re saying to Hispanic children - our whole community will suffer.
We are in a free country that has been built by immigrants and all come here seeking a dream, and many, many immigrants have gotten ahead in life and have become important and started from the bottom and are now at the top…so why does that hate exist against us?
First and foremost - faith. God first. Faith goes as far as God is.
There are many people that do want to help immigrants. There are people like those working with Faith Texas that help inform and organize the community, and stand with you.
When you inform yourself and start to engage with others, you will meet another person and another person who care about the same things, and then you will begin to form a circle of caring. And just as that circle grows, so too does the faith.
The most important thing to me is that my children get involved as well - that they learn about what is happening around them and that they grow up to be those who will help others. I believe that even the little things we teach them about having faith in God - about values and principles - will teach them to help others, no matter who they are.
Right now, the best kind of future I can think of is simply one that does not have hatred or racism.
ON WORKING FOR CHANGE
One way I work for change is by helping my community stay informed. I gather information and pass it along to others, inviting people to inform themselves on everything that happens. Especially with things like knowing your rights and voting. We need our Hispanic community to go out and vote. But too often, people don’t know how to vote, don’t know how to find out what is on the ballot to be informed, and don’t know that there are people at the polling places who can help.
Too often, people think that they aren’t effected by the election outcomes, so they don’t vote. But we are all impacted. Especially when we think about what it is to care for our neighbors.