By: Migdalia Sazo, CSU Sacramento, Brown Issues
I grew up in the streets of South Central Los Angeles, a community known for its inequalities but underestimated for its strength and power. When I turned 18, I got involved with Brown Issues, a youth-led organization that promotes Latino civic engagement across California. It was through them that I learned that we are the owners of our own narrative. I am a Voter, and there is power in my vote.
I am a Chapina, first-generation college student, and daughter of immigrant parents. Because of these identities, there are so many issues that affect people like me. From higher education to immigration, when I vote for these issues, I ensure that I am representing the needs of my people. For far too long, our communities have not exercised their right to vote, and that needs to change beginning with people like me. I can set the example.
I vote because no one knows our communities better than ourselves. I vote because there is strength in numbers. Every 30 seconds a Latino turns 18, making them eligible to vote. Through this simple act of civic engagement, I can call for the changes my community needs and remember the hardships our ancestors had to endure.
Our ancestors along with many other people fought for the right to vote. They went from marching in our streets to hitting the polls. This November, I am honoring their sacrifice by voting.
Vote, Vote, Vote! Our schools and communities depend on it. So next time you are walking the streets of South Central, please know that there are Voters getting ready to change the narrative and positively impact our communities.
Will you be one of those Voters? Are you ready? Turn out to vote on November 6!