Voice for Social Justice
Voice for Social Justice
There are so many dynamics to a women. I am a daughter, a mother, a sister, a wife, a dreamer, an achiever, an planner, and a 1.5 generation immigrant. My story and my experiences have shaped my strive for accomplishments, my resolve for justice, my heart as a mother, and my need to share my voice for social justice. I believe it is important for a woman to use their voice and feel empowered to make a difference. There is a need for women to use their voice against injustices. Over the years, I have gained a politically consciousness and understand a much different world as an immigrant.
I wish people would understand what it is to be an immigrant. It is a hard and beautiful life. We are humans with dreams, struggles, fears, and happiness just like any other person. We are also in search for a better life filled with opportunities, education, family, and a certain future. If people would only see us as humans and not as the stereotypes and “otherness” that people make us out to be, what a more beautiful borderless life we would live in. We are living in a climate where children are separated from their parents, families are torn apart, dreams are crushed, livelihoods are disrupted, and people’s lives are altered. I wish there was more compassion, acceptance, and tolerance.
We hold our struggles and heartbreaks in our subconscious. Always reminding us that we need to work even harder, study even harder, and pray even harder. I was an undocumented immigrant for years. It did not made an impact until I was about to graduate high school. The Dreamer movement did not exist then. It was me and my sister struggling on our own, finding our own path, navigating the system to be able to attend college. We were lucky to have people in our lives that encouraged us and provided resources to make this dream a reality.
I am the daughter of immigrants. My parents gave up everything to give me and my sisters a life full of opportunities. I am fortunate to have a humble beginning with a loving and grounded family. We never took our blessings for granted. My father taught us the value of hard work, determination, and perseverance. My mother taught me unconditional love, the togetherness of family, and a strong work ethic. She never let me give up, always pushing me to finish, to accomplish anything! It is because of her that I have my Masters Degree. She pushed me to finish my thesis even when it seemed like a daunting task. My parent’s voice became my encouragement to seek new opportunities and obtain a higher education.
I want to empower my own daughter to not be afraid to use her own voice for good. Even if it is to impact a small group or larger community, her voice, stance, and opinion matters. How do you want to use your voice for social good? I believe in the power of community service and giving back. Here are some campaigns and organizations you can follow and support as a mama.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: This is a great way to support and promote awareness on child cancer. You can support through their #ThisShirtSavesLives campaign.
- MADRE: Is an international human’s rights organization that address issues health and reproductive rights, education, economic development, and other human rights.
- MomsRising: Is a large grassroots organization that advocates for a variety of issues that affect women, mothers, and families.
- Madres Con Poder: The Latina version platform for MomsRising.
- Every Mother Counts: This organization support maternal health care for mothers around the world. Its provides medical care and necessary support for women to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.