#302: All the people that believe that they can change the world.
Today I attended the Voto Latino Power Summit. The event is basically two days of training in activism and social movements, organized by an organization whose mission is to engage young latino voters. They’re a non-partisan organization and they are doing excellent work.
In the morning there were panels on activism, leadership and the media. Then a lunch there was a talk by Maria Teresa Kumar, the organization’s president who was celebrated by Elle magazine as one of DC’s 10 most powerful women. Then more panels on activism, leadership and the media.
The event was fantastic and was just one example of the idea that people that come to DC because they want to change the world. Wednesday was the rally for immigration reform. Last year we had the rally to restore sanity. Four years ago we had inauguration concerts. Every day there is a live reading of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech at Lincoln Memorial. Because people in this town for the most part have dreams, big, big dreams.
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”
Address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Nov. 9, 1984 ”