Resist

I'm exhausted, and this fight is just beginning. 

I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I went to law school there, became an attorney and fell in love with justice. I also met my husband back home. I moved 7 years ago, and I left my family and everything I knew behind. 3 years ago we arrived in the Bay Area. I'm a legal immigrant with a work visa waiting for a permanent residence visa (Aka Green Card).  

Why is that relevant? Well, let me explain. It became a relevant topic in our life since November 9th, 2016 when Donald Trump won the election and became the 45th president of the United States. I lived this before; I just remembered how bad it felt to be on the losing team. I have just become the opposition (again). 

You see, I'm a Latina, fluent in English with an accent, I absolutely love living in this country. I felt welcomed since day one, working in Silicon Valley where diversity isn't a strange thing. Now, it doesn't matter that I came here legally because the person who yelled at me at the street because I was speaking Spanish didn't ask for my passport, he just felt entitled to yell and ask me to go back to my home country. I found this action a bit peculiar considering that you can be an American and speak a different language, just like you can be a Christian and also care for other people. 

That happened on November 10th when President Obama was still in office, but that day I became the opposition for the second time in my life, I've been on that side since Hugo Chavez won the election in Venezuela, I was 14. I know what half of you are feeling, been there. 

Today I pray for those people who'll lose their healthcare. For the women who need a check up and need Planned Parenthood. For the kids at school who will get bullied for being different. I pray for those women who don't support the Women's March; I'll fight for them too. After all, we're still in a democracy, and they can believe whatever they want. I do feel that my rights are being lessened by men whenever the Congress makes a decision that involves women, strangely enough, there's no one with a uterus around them. 

No, before you decide to call me anything from baby killer to feminazi l want to remind you, I pray because I'm Catholic, but as much as I believe in Him, also believe in the separation of church and state. I'm not walking around forcing my views and beliefs on anyone; I'd love to be treated with the same courtesy. 

The next 4 years are going to be difficult, and when I've been asked to give Trump a chance I had to remind them that have no choice because he won, however, I will oppose, I'll fight. He has an opportunity to push the country forward, to promote progress and equality, fairness and kindness. Apparently, he's not planning to do it but, I aim to spread kindness and positivity and I'll speak up for all of us, united we stand and united will shall stay.

With the utmost love. 

Bela.