Georgina is a GYO Candidate, education leader, and Leadership Council representative at ONE. Here is her reflection on the NPA Conference in Washington DC.
First, let me say that this trip to Washington, D.C. was unlike any action or conference that I have ever been apart of, the intensity of the agenda was harsh to my body, mostly because I had never participated in more than one action, prep and trainings all in the same day. I really did get a better understanding about “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”, “Tax Loop Poles” and what the “bail out of the banks” really meant. Also, I gained a greater insight into what means for corporations and companies to use “shell companies” and “tax havens” to not “pay their fair share.”
The immigration reform action at the Capitol was cool, the butterflies that the children wore were cute and cleaver to symbolize the freedom that all immigrants should have. Ironically though the children who were the most innocent of all of us, they were asked to leave the building because of the butterfly symbols they were displaying. This also opened my eyes to a lot of things that I had no idea about, like how over 11 million undocumented workers in this country work the hardest jobs, are paid the least and get treated the worst.
Over the three days of actions, I learned some really great chants that I can’t wait to use. I also got the chance to meet some really amazing people who have been a part of this organization for 20+ years, hearing their stories about why this work is necessary and what being a part of this means to them and their families was moving for me. Some of the individuals that I had the pleasure of meeting are doing some really great work here in Chicago, almost in my backyard, so hopefully this can lead to developing some great working relationships and maybe presenting more opportunities for me to learn and grow as a leader.
Additionally, it was pretty amazing that when we got back about a week later, President Obama announced that he was replacing FHFA Director, Ed DeMarco, what! Was this move by the President connected to the Action that we took part in on Ed DeMarco’s front lawn, don’t know, but it was AWESOME none the less.
Visiting the Dr. King Monument was the most moving moment of my life. From the moment I laid eyes on the stone edifies that bared the image of this amazing leader, it felt like sparks of electricity was coursing through my body. Instantly I was moved to tears, I will be forever grateful for that moment.