15 years.

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15 years ago my mother woke me up in the middle of the night. What was I dreaming of? I don’t know. Was it a good dream or a bad dream, I don’t remember. How did we get to the airport? I don’t remember. I don’t remember….

15 years ago I sat next to my mother as we were traveled by a contraption that I had never seen before that day. I asked her, “where are we going?” She said, “to meet your father.”

15 years ago I got off that contraption, stepped on a moving staircase that was foreign to me, met a father that I didn’t know I had until that day, and came to a country that wasn’t home to me.

15 years ago, just like many that had came before us, my mother and I came to a country that promised freedom and a future for all people. I left those that I had first loved, my family. I had left my friends. I had left what was home and came to America.

15 years later I have acquired a diploma, a degree, a citizenship, and the freedom to speak up when I see and hear injustice. 15 years later, my brothers from Syria and my sisters from Venezuela are being denied the opportunity that I was given.

ALL FOR WHAT?!  

BECAUSE OF FEAR!

FEAR OF THE UNKOWN!!

More than 15 years ago, that very same fear denied my brothers and sisters who were forcefully brought onto this land the ability to vote. They were denied the ability to speak up when they were being mistreated. They were denied the right that we have all been given…be to treated as another human being instead of a foreign creature.

 15 years.

 15 years later…I AM TIRED OF BEING TIRED! WE ARE HUMANS! WE ARE BROTHERS! WE ARE SISTERS! WE ARE ONE!

We have brothers and sisters who are being denied of more than just visas and a home. We have brothers and sisters who are being denied of the most important thing that humans need the most…LOVE.

YOU CAN MAKE A DECISION:

Will YOU allow FEAR to CONTROL your perspective of your brothers and sisters who are suffering?

OR…

Will YOU CHOSE LOVE DESPITE THE FEAR?

 


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