East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) Honors Latinx Heritage Month!Tuesday, September 14, 2021
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we asked our fellow EBCLC community members to share what inspires them to do the critical work they do here at EBCLC.
“For me, it is important to be doing the work that I’m doing because I think that my experience can inspire others to believe in opportunities that can help us have a better, brighter, and safer future. My heritage inspires me to be brave, resilient, and speak up for what I believe is right, qualities I hope I show every day at work.”
Jessica (Jessie) Buendia, Board Member
“It is important to be involved in social justice work as Latinx people because forward movement is at the heart of who we are as people. We have come from many countries to live a better life in the United States. We work and fight hard so that generations after us are able to achieve their dreams.
EBCLC plays a critical role in helping Latinx communities fight the important legal and policy battles that will help them access services and improve their communities. I am proud to serve on EBCLC’s board and hope to invest all of my energy removing barriers that will help Latinx people’s dreams become a reality.”
Ramon Becerra Alcantar, Immigration Paralegal
“As an undocumented Mexican living in this country who’s had the opportunity to pursue higher education, I feel like it is my duty to help individuals who do not have the same opportunities to pursue higher education and navigate a broken immigration system. My family, friends, and community are who inspire me because immigration is not a Latinx issue but a human rights issue.”
Maria Brambila, Consumer Justice Clinic Program Coordinator
“My work at EBCLC has been influenced by my own lived experience as the daughter of immigrant parents. I feel called to do this work because I understand how language barriers and the complexity of our legal system make an already stressful situation even more stressful. As such, I love being part of an organization that always strives to provide education and holistic legal services to our clients.”
Juliet Peña, Executive Assistant
“As an immigrant, it is important for me to stay connected to my roots and community. I first came to EBCLC as a client. I was supported through my immigration case with such grace that I knew I wanted to come back. As an EBCLC employee, I’ve partaken in meaningful work that has taught me so much about the important advocacy and legal battles surrounding issues affecting Latinx and immigrant communities. EBCLC has been a bridge connecting me to folks who deeply care about ensuring we are all able to live thriving lives.”