El Random Hero is ranked #40 of 111
Communications organizer and storyteller that uses social media for social justice. From immigration to labor rights, I do it all
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My political story
My political story started when my family came to the US when I was 7 years old. For the last 21 years, we've been living in the US as undocumented immigrants. My lifestyle has afforded numerous opportunities to develop and grow as an agent of change from within the communities I come from. I've experienced exploitation, racism, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination first hand and it has lead me to work in fighting to change them.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
I've never been to a Netroots conference. I know that given the opportunity to attend, I'll be able to continue network and connect with individuals and spaces that will help me grow as a story teller and media maker. I'll also be able to take these new skills and share them with those that I work with and continue to develop others to continue this kind of work.
What first inspired me to get involved
Growing up in working class communities like East LA and South Central, I saw how mainstream media always portrays the community in a negative light. They only focused on issues like gang violence and poverty. They never talked about the beauty and diversity that make up the communities I called home. That's when I decided to take things into my own hands and start blogging about all the great things our communities have to offer. Whether it was highlighting artist from around the neighborhood, talking about local gardens or places to eat, I showed others what mainstream media never shows. From there my work has taken me into the immigrants right movement via the fight for the Federal Dream Act. Whether it was organizing in college spaces or within the community, I was able to cut my teeth politically over the last 7 years, learning the in's and out's of on the ground organizing. From there, I was able to meet numerous influential individuals both here in Los Angeles and from around the country that have been doing this work long before I knew how to make a house visit.
The blog post I am most proud of
When I wrote about an Los Angeles Homicide detective who callously tweeted a crime scene showing the body of a recently deceased individual. Because of my post, the Los Angeles Police Department created social media guidelines that all officers must now adhere to.
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More about my political involvement
I volunteer at Dream Team Los Angeles, an immigrants rights advocacy group, Bici Libre, a bicycle run work space, Self Help Graphics and Art, a community visual arts center, Boyle Heights Beat, a bilingual community newspaper in Boyle Heights.
How I've gotten others involved
Through my work in the immigrant rights and labor movement her in Los Angeles, I've had the opportunity to collaborate, facilitate and hold numerous workshops that help facilitate the growth of new leaders. This includes, but isn't limited to know your rights workshops, Undocu-media trainings, story of self, organizing 101, how to do a house visit, how to continue on to higher education while being undocumented.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
My participation in Netroots is important because progressive media makers and storytellers need to be on top of a constantly changing field. Just as anti-immigrant advocates skill share with each other, those of us fighting for social justice must do the same. To support each other, collaborate and continue to move forward with new strategies and technics that'll benefit the over movement as a whole.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
Online activism works cause it allows anyone to take the power of story telling & reporting into their own hands from a 1st hand perspective
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
Social Media for Social Justice
My wild idea for a cool new action
A group bike ride in which individuals are stopping at key points, passing out information and sharing with them the importance of the work/campaign that is being promoted with this action.
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