You’re probably asking yourself what the “advocacy” page is all about. The thing is, that aside from doing stand-up, writing etc…one of my biggest passions is trying to help out my community. I like to donate my time and effort on different kinds of causes ranging from low-income neighborhoods lacking medication attention to Special Olympics to ending the disastrous conditions of the detention camps where immigrants seeking asylum are being held and more.
I am a first-generation American born to an undocumented mother that taught me to love this country. I believe it is my duty to give back and fight so that everyone can get the same thing my family got: a chance.
NON-PROFITS I WORK WITH
LA UNION del PUEBLO ENTERO
Founded by labor rights activist César Chávez & Dolores Huerta, LUPE builds stronger, healthier communities where colonia residents use the power of civic engagement for social change. From fighting deportations, to providing social services and English classes, to organizing for streetlights and drainage, LUPE responds to the needs of the community, and takes action that creates a chance for a better life. LUPE’s strength derives from our 8,000+ members throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
César Chávez & Dolores Huerta founded LUPE, a community union rooted in the belief that members of the low-income community have the responsibility and the obligation to organize themselves. Through their association, they begin to advocate and articulate for the issues and factors that impact their lives. Further, César Chávez believed that for people to have ownership of this endeavor, they have to invest of themselves, their efforts and resources, to sustain it. The membership, and the responsibility that comes with it, form the base that is the power of the organization.
I am also proud to serve on their board. Click here for more information: LUPE
Define American is a nonprofit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America.
We’ve been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in the world, for “using popular culture to influence the [immigration] debate. Using media consulting, original content development and production, media advocacy, and live events, Define American humanizes the conversation on immigration and fights anti-immigrant hate through storytelling. To date, Define American has consulted on more than 45 films and television projects, such as Grey’s Anatomy and Superstore, spanning networks like ABC and NBC and streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu.”
I serve on the advisory board of Define American. Click here for more information: Define American
PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY
People For the American Way and its affiliate, People For the American Way Foundation, are progressive advocacy organizations founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.
People For the American Way Foundation was founded in 1981 by legendary television and film producer Norman Lear, the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and a group of business, civic, religious, and civil rights leaders who were disturbed by the divisive rhetoric of newly politicized televangelists. Advocacy affiliate People For the American Way was founded soon after. Our America acknowledges its history, respects difference and dissent, combats hatred and bigotry, nurtures creativity, and seeks justice and equity for all.
People For the American Way works to build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.
I serve on the board for People For the American Way. For more information, click here: People For the American Way
CARROLLTON/FARMERS BRANCH CYCLONES (SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS)
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics Texas is a year-round movement, holding more than 300 competitions annually on area, regional and state levels. Event divisions are based on age, gender and ability level to give athletes an equal chance to win. Each participant receives a medal or ribbon following their events.
I have been involved with this Special Olympics team in Texas for years because my nephew Sergio is a special needs adult.
For more information, click here: Special Olympics Texas
PROJECT HAND UP
This non-profit was started by a dear friend (Darren Collins) and is dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS and improving the quality of life for those living with HIV and AIDS in East Africa – through education. Their mission is to teach East Africans about living productive, healthy lives and prevent the spread of HIV by using novel performance and visual art educational presentations. They perform at primary schools, secondary schools, orphanages; and, when in rural areas or slums, we perform in outdoor community gathering places.
The current curriculum is designed for English and Kiswahili, which makes it possible for our work to expand to reach the majority of people in East Africa. They use puppetry, magic, and storytelling to educate and promote social change in the area of health. We currently create and perform curricula on HIV prevention and related social and health issues.
For more information, click here: Project Hand Up