One-on-One with theSkimm is a chance to introduce some of the incredible women in our community making an impact in the world. We'll be showcasing Skimm'rs from a variety of careers, religions, cultures, and political beliefs. This month for Hispanic Heritage Month, we're highlighting women making a difference in the Hispanic-Latino community and beyond.
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia. I came to the states when I was a kid. My father abandoned us a few months after we arrived. My mom made miracles happen every day. She never gave up, even when we were homeless, when were on welfare or when we went to bed hungry. She always knew that tomorrow would be better, that tomorrow she would find a way. Twenty plus years later we found our way. I’m a filmmaker, author, activist and mom. I fight everyday against injustice. I fight for immigrants. I fight for poor people. I fight for women. I fight against Trump and white supremacy because if I don’t my story will no longer be possible in this country.
Every day is completely different. I might be answering emails or posting on Instagram about immigration or on a call planning my next trip down to the border.
Don’t let them change you.
I always look forward to telling the stories of immigrants. In today’s America, immigrants have been vilified. I love shining a light on immigrants’ strength and their inspiring stories of love and sacrifice. Telling the stories of immigrants, migrants and refugees is how I fight against the hate that is invading this country.
Plastics in our oceans.
Mass shootings in America.
There are so many amazing artists using their art to change this world for the better. It’s hard to name just a few but here goes…
All the artists I mentioned above. They are brilliant!
Listening when I’m upset.
I was a wild child. I did what I wanted, how I wanted and when I wanted. I ran with the boys. I was all tomboy. I was an athlete. I was sassy and got into a lot of trouble because of it. But I was nice to everyone.
I’ll instigate a very heated discussion with a bottle of wine in my hand.
People mistake my intensity for anger. I’m intense when I work. My work requires it. This misconception used to bother me but now I’m like whatever. I got work to do...let’s get it done!
I’m Latina every day of my life. I’ve experienced the beauty of being a Latina in this country and I’ve experienced the racism of being Latina here. Hispanic Heritage Month feels like a month for others rather than for myself. I celebrate my culture every day. I celebrate my history every day. I celebrate my community every day. I wish more non-Latinos would as well.
Immigration, gun reforms, and climate.
Making sure Trump isn’t re-elected.
We need all the help we can get. Don’t wait for the perfect time. The time is now. Your voice is important. Your ideas are critical.
PS: Have someone in mind you think we should feature? Let us know here.
Note: This interview has been edited for length. All opinions expressed by the interviewee are their own.
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