Month: October 2019

When my father first came to this country from El Salvador almost 40 years ago, he arrived with ten American dollars in his pocket and nothing else. From working on the coffee plantation where he grew up to living in San Jose, California, his journey was a difficult one, though not unique by most standards. … Continued

After years of playing soccer, I developed some lifelong back injuries. When these back injuries start to act up, nothing else matters. I just need to find relief from the back pain. It makes thinking about being productive at work or grocery shopping, or cleaning my room or running household errands, feel completely trivial. If I … Continued

When I woke up this morning, I did not expect to see the tragic news of Representative Elijah Cummings passing on my iPhone news feed. Having traveled to Washington D.C as part of the One Nation Commission advocating against the proposed federal Public Charge rule this past May, I had the opportunity to see him … Continued

As a first-generation American, there have been a lot of times recently where I have second-guessed myself speaking Spanish in public to my mom. I am nervous that we’d attract negative attention given today’s anti-immigrant rhetoric in the news. Growing up with one foot in one culture and one foot in another has always produced its … Continued