Waking Up From Times of Disbelief

By Evelyn Perez-Verdia

“Who controls the past controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.”  -George Orwell

Because no matter who you are, red or blue, we should never stop marching  for  humanity, common sense, morality and being a civil person every day. This is for you:

I once read that for every villain there is a héroe.

For every victim there is an oppressor.

Mexicans are not all rapists and drug traffickers, and Latinos are not all Mexicans.

White Americans are not all racists, and racists are not all white.

We watch the insane try to bring down the towers where “our truths are to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

As each in their own mind feels unequal, they slowly break each other down.

Going down and dividing. Familias don’t want to eat Lechón and others stop going to sweet sixteens. So angry that we are blind to puppets dressed as trolls interfering with election ’16

After lock her ups and New York packed.

A pin drop heard.

Election night filled with disbelief.

Silent and mourning, turning Twitter pages black while others yell “Hooray!”

The aftermath?

People feeling torn down rather than building each other up.

We remember MLK. Then we say: “Hey, isint that us?  With modern clothes and even more fed up?”

From being broken, shattered, still unaware of the car that hit us called the indecency of Trump?

Seeing how some of his fellow friends play that book:  they call you liar and then make up lies so that they can get off the hook? As his tweets corrupt our language, and his language corrupts our children’s  thoughts.

Yes, that is us.

The good news?

We are a slowly waking up.

Slowly picking up the pieces.

Youth quickly standing up.

This smell is familiar, as history repeats.  Stronger, bolder, with no shame. We say “NO” to shackles on our feet.

We are stronger when united and we see corruption is not far away–and yes, neither the ability to impeach.

So take you cell phone and fight with facts before you are left in a storm of disbelief.

Protect America’s institutions, its men and women who are there for you and me. The media. The child who can’t speak.

Support those who are for decency and patriotism as the nationalist drum plays its beat.

Do what it takes. Put on your shield and speak with truth. Please do not be violent and behave, because it is time to stop our founding fathers–from rolling in their graves.

Should we continue sleeping?

sleeping giants

By Evelyn Perez-Verdia

There are more than a million and a half Hispanics registered to vote in Florida, accounting for 14% of the total registered voters.  However, this figure is likely low because there are many cases in which a person does not self-identify as a Hispanic.  I am a perfect example of this phenomenon.  Legally, I am not required to identify myself as Hispanic when registering to vote.  Taking into account the many people that might not identify as Hispanic for whatever reason, surely the number of voters rises to 16% or higher.

It is a fact that many of our elections are decided by a margin of 10% or less, making the Hispanic vote important enough to see it as a ‘sleeping giant’.  This population is a giant, being that it holds the power to sway an election, such as the upcoming Primary and General elections in fall 2014, when we will choose the next Florida Governor.

Should the Hispanic voters continue sleeping through these important moments?  What are we, as Hispanics doing in light of this reality?  Are we doing nothing at all, or perhaps we are only registering to vote because of the discount on our property taxes?   This is precisely what many of you are doing.  And this pleases the many people that do not want us to become citizens.  If we do become citizens, then they would revel in the fact we might choose not to participate in the process and marginalize ourselves. Or perhaps, they might realize many of us might vote without knowing any of the candidates well, or without having any real reasons to vote for them.  But the reasons are critical.  These candidates will be the ones representing you, making laws that impact everything from your childrens’ education to the amount of taxes you will be paying.  They will be those making decisions impacting the businesses that are at the heart of our economy, and the institutions that are crucial to our health care system.  They will be voting on our immigrations laws…they will decide everything!

While some would like to dissuade you from voting and say that you’re simply a drop of water in an ocean of people, that’s simply not true.  Wake up to the reality that you have the strength to unite with many around you until eventually becoming a sea of change!  Those who prefer you to stay outside of the system would prefer you to not understand how the government functions.  It is better for some this way, because then they do not need to feel accountable to you.

Many advisors to politicians analyze how strong the Hispanic vote is in their area before deciding whether or not to support the laws that the community are passionate about.  The fewer the Hispanic votes, the easier it is for many political strategists and directors to ignore these issues.  Many times, the lack of a large vote from the Hispanic community means that there is little investment in Hispanic media, making awareness of the campaigns even less than the usual.  Continue reading