(5 min read) - There are many stories that show why immigration reform concerns us all. In 2006, I met a young mother of two in Sarasota Florida who was gravely ill. Her farm work did not leave her with enough to afford treatment. Back then I was a Dreamer, my own experience being brought here as a child meant I knew how vulnerable the children and their mother were. We organized media attention and a community fundraiser so the family could obtain the treatment the mother needed. Over and over, I have come across terrible situations like this where people suffer despite working hard for corporations that make tremendous profit off that labor. So, why do poor migrants get blamed and not those that profit?
(5 min. read) - There is a kind of political division rising in our society that is poisonous to democracy; because it is harmful to any relationship. In the U.S. a politic of lies, logic fallacies, and unfairness culminated in the January 6th 2021 insurrection at the capitol. If you normalize this kind of behavior in any group, especially when there is too little agreement building and too little accomplishment, people lose faith in the group. Not just the insurrection, but the out of norm politic that lead up to it is how fascists corrode faith in republican governance. The resulting disfunction confuses people about how democracy works. Thankfully, everyday personal experience can help.