I am an immigrant, a person of faith, and a fighter for justice. I came to Los Angeles thirty years ago from El Salvador, because my country was at war. So we came to find safety.
I belong to two communities - Latino and Muslim - both of which are being devalued and targeted by racism. I’m concerned about the criminalization of my Latino community and by the increasing rise in Islamaphobia against my Muslim community.
Our Hispanic community came to this country to avoid violence and build a better life. This is a great nation – that’s why people come to this country – because there are so many opportunities there are our countries don’t give us. They work very hard, contributing to our economy, congregations and culture. Yet are facing unjust deportations and family separation.
God is something good. God gives us the power to love each other to live with each other in loving and peaceful ways. So God gives me the strength to go more and more – to love everyone. Because in LA Voice it’s not just one community – it’s Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, all congregations. We work together to make our community better. Sometimes humans put these little divisions in between people – but these are not God’s divisions – yet when we cross these divisions to work together more and more accomplished.
The future I would desire for my loved ones is economic independence and the ability to buy a home.
ON WORKING FOR CHANGE
That’s why were involved in LA voice - to create change. They teach us to understand the law and how we can help the community through this civic process. With LA Voice were helping the Spanish-speaking community in Los Angeles to know their rights and how to access the help they need. That’s why I’m involved in LA voice. It helps us to help each other.