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The following is an email from PLAN “office mom” Barbara Silva. For her birthday she wanted people to donate to her favorite social justice organization 🙂
My name is Bárbara Silva, but you can call me Barbs. I volunteer for PLAN, and some would say I’m the “office mom.”
I got involved with PLAN through my daughter Astrid who is the immigration organizer (I may be biased, but she is the best organizer they have). I like to bring the staff food, help them decorate the office for parties and events, and sometimes I have to scold them for working too much or not wearing a hat and gloves when it’s cold outside.
PLAN welcomed me into their family and empowered me to use my voice as a Latina, a mother, and an immigrant to advocate for social justice. And for that, I am forever thankful.
I came to the United States more than 20 years ago with little education. I did not feel confident speaking out publicly about issues I cared for, and I didn’t think someone like me, an undocumented housewife, would be taken seriously. But PLAN showed me that everyone deserves fairness and justice, and our stories and our voices matter.
I am proud to be an immigrant, a Latina and a mom, but I’m also proud to be a PLANista. Help PLAN continue their work with Progressive activists with a generous donation of $50. PLAN has helped me in so many ways, and this is my way of giving back to them.
PS: Is now not a good time to donate? You can drop by either PLAN office to volunteer or drop off a holiday treat for my hard-working kids!