I remember learning politics since a young age. I clearly remember sitting in class in Elementary and my teacher was teaching us about Obama because he was barely going into office. I didn’t understand why it was so important or how this affected me. Until a couple years ago I started to understand why it’s important to vote. As a person from a small town, a minority, middle class, a female, I felt as if I didn’t have a voice. I care about the environment, I care about immigration, I care about education, I care about healthcare, I care about people’s well-being, but there was not much I could do. I want to make a change in this world. Voting is not only a matter of how will it affect me personally, but how it will affect others as well, future generations.
I am a Mexican American and I grew up across the border for half of my life. My father, before my mother gave him citizenship, worked in Mexico. My father worked many difficult jobs and never stopped, because he always wanted to be the best for us. My mom gave him citizenship and he took the chance and has come so far since then. My father now owns a small trucking company; he pays taxes, creates jobs for truck drivers and his assistant, transports products which helps with the economy, votes. He came here barely knowing any English and is now making a change in our community. Coming to the United States was life changing for my family. My father was hard working but in Mexico, if you have no contacts or money, it is very hard to succeed.
Mexicans are often seen as people who are going to “steal jobs” from Americans. My father is a great example of how that’s false. It’s becomes a positive cycle because my siblings and I are studying and giving back to the community. It hurts to see discrimination against Mexicans. Families being separated and put in cages just for wanting a chance to have a good life and opportunities. Being born in the United States is being born with an automatic opportunity to have a better life and a chance to succeed. Living across the border, I got to see how much harder life is in Mexico. Immigrants are not killers and rapists. Many people just want to have a better life. We are all equals.
My name is Jorge Reyes, I was born in Tucson Arizona but was raised in both Agua Prieta, Mexico and in Douglas, Arizona. I lived the first 11 years of my life in Agua Prieta. Then my family moved to Douglas, which is located right across the border. Living close to the border has allowed me to see the world from two different perspectives. When I was in kindergarten in Mexico, the school had us buy gifts for another school in a poorer side of town. I remember going into the bathrooms at this school and seeing that they did not have soap or toilet paper. It made me sad to see this. Now I go to Mexico and see politicians with their brand-new cars and their expensive clothes, and it makes me angry. In Mexico, the rich are super rich, and the poor are super poor. I am afraid that this might someday become a reality here in the U.S, which is why I think it is so important to elect good leaders who will support funding for schools and ensure that all citizens have the opportunity to participate in a healthy economy that works for everyone and not just for politicians, their rich friends, and their donors. I feel lucky to have been born in a country full of opportunities, and I believe it is my moral obligation to help however I can, which is why I joined this internship to do my part in ensuring that the U.S. continues to be a country of opportunities for everyone.
I am 18 years old, live in Sierra Vista, and hold the title of the Youth NAACP Branch President. As a young African American woman working for Civil Rights, I have gained a strong interest politics. I know that this generation has the power, tools, minds and the chance to change issues that we have been facing for long enough. I’ve seen single home families struggling to eat with two jobs, children denied access to public education, and young children losing their lives while going to school and getting an education. It’s not fair. The solution to all of this is strong leadership. Our presidential election reflects this country as a whole and shows what We The People really stand for. We have to get out and vote. It’s the first step for change.