For many of us, our political awakening happens when a personal tragedy strikes or when an issue directly impacts us.
For many of us, we’re so caught up in life that we miss the undeniable truth that every issue is interconnected and therefore affects us all.
For many of us, we’re simply trying to survive that all we can think about is putting food on the table or working non-stop to simply pay our next rent or mortgage bill.
And like so many of us, I still question if I even matter in the larger scheme of things.
I still question whether or not my involvement really makes a difference.
I still question whether the strain on my personal health and family is all worth it.
But even during these moments of uncertainty, I know that I have a responsibility and that countless people before me asked themselves these exact same questions and continued organizing even in the midst of the most dire of situations.
I know that my mother sacrificed countless dreams for her sons to be the first to graduate from college.
I know that my relatives continue to die in the blistering fields of CA so that people all around the world could eat fresh, organic vegetables.
I know that our ancestors were beaten and imprisoned for wanting to vote or own a piece of land.
I know that these stories are real and reason enough to become inspired and involved again.
I know that deep down in our hearts we have a burning desire and a strong thirst for change.
And I know that the stakes are too high to stay complacent and not get involved in positively transforming America.