This weekend we celebrate the legacy of a great organizer in Cesar Chavez by highlighting one of our own great organizers here in Nevada. Meet Miriam G.:
My mother came here from Leon, Guanajuato in Mexico 35 years ago to live the American dream. But as a single mother with three children it wouldn't be easy.
It would end up taking my mother almost three decades to become a U.S. Citizen, but in 2009 she finally stood in front of our flag and said the pledge of allegiance as an American. It was the most special day of her life—and although I may not tell it to her enough, it was the most special day of my life too.
My mother spent her life sacrificing so that her children could have opportunities she didn’t. So to see her, for the first time I can remember, take the time to do something for herself was almost overwhelming. Watching her become a citizen, knowing this will be the first time she can vote for a president, and seeing how excited she was to participate in the process is what motivated me to become an organizer.
I became a Fall Fellow at OFA-Arizona in 2011. It was an amazing experience and I absolutely fell in love with the job.
I don’t know about anybody else, but I never actually saw myself as an organizer—I didn’t have any experience. I only knew I wanted to help the Latino community, my community, in some way—and coming to work in support of President Obama and the policies he’s fought for gave me my start.
I came to Nevada from Arizona not just because it’s a key part of the path to victory in 2012 but because, like Arizona, the Latino community here is suffering from some of the same economic issues.
I live and organize here in East Las Vegas and can tell you there’s a passion for change in the Latino community. All we need is for people to get organized and get involved.
That’s where I hope to help.
We all have someone who inspires us to do what we do, for me it’s my mother, my cousins, and my brother.
I’m proud take what I learned about sacrifice from my family and use it to help organize my community by empowering people and getting them involved. Especially in the Latino community, where we need to get more involved and have a say in the way both the state and the nation are run.
We have so much more power than we give ourselves credit for at times, and whenever I doubt that, I just think about my mother—and then I go back to work.
To work with fantastic organizers like Miriam, come into any one of our offices in the State.