My name is Andrea Ortiz, and I am a Youth Organizer at BPNC.
I’ve been living in Brighton Park for 22 years. I’ve always noticed the inequalities that my community faces. This is why youth organizing is so important to me. It allows me the opportunity to interact with children and teens that continue to suffer from the same inequalities as I did. My goal as a youth organizer is to engage students in the issues that are affecting our communities and to teach them the skills and confidence to become leaders.
The “Wear Black on Tuesday” event was a great way to motivate students to speak out against the immigration policies Pres. Trump has implemented.
Student Voice Committee (SVC) at Curie High School demonstrated the passion and motivation to raise awareness towards this issue. This event would also allow the students to see how much of an impact their voices make when they work together.
It is empowering to see the pride students took seeing the impact the event had. The event was so influential that students from other schools began to participate and
share their photos on social media.
Below are a few words from Curie High School student, Karina Martinez.
Donald Trump’s inauguration created a lot of fear in communities for people of color. One of his first executive orders involved banning people from seven majority Muslim countries.
As a member of Curie’s Student Voice Committee, we felt compelled to act against this Muslim ban because we won't stand for these acts that are targeting groups, based on their religion or previous events. As a majority Hispanic community, we've all felt what it's like to be discriminated against and don't want it to occur to anyone else. It is important to be in solidarity with everyone because. In order to get attention to our campaign, we printed and posted a flyer all over Curie. We also engaged on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #NoBanNoWall and #HereToStay asking all students to wear black on Tuesday to show the power of the students.
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