Our citizenship program is so proud of two of our students who reached milestones this week. Gisela Soler (at right), who attended our citizenship preparation classes taught in English, passed her test and interview and became a U.S. citizen. And Maria Isabel Ramirez passed the test in Spanish, which she prepared for at Hope in our Spanish-language civics class, which we offer for those who qualify for the language exemption.
Both ladies came by Hope to share the good news with us — that’s Elizabeth Riebel and Lorena Tovar, citizenship staff, in the photo with Maria. For details on how Hope can help you become a citizen, send us a message or call 407-880-4673, ext. 240!
A crowd of about 400 people gathered at Hope on Sunday, March 1, 2015, for an immigration rights rally and to hear Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, a nationally known immigration advocate. Sister Ann Kendrick led a ritual of solidarity while images of butterflies — symbolizing transformation — and farmworker symbols were held high by our youth.
The sky was cloudy, but fortunately, the rain held off as the crowd heard stories from immigrants and DACA Dreamers and listened to Jose Luis Marantes of Mi Familia Vota, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Florida) and Congressman Gutiérrez (D-Illinois). The Congressmen also took time to listen to the stories of our community members and pledged their continued support in the fight for a just humane immigration policy.
The sense of solidarity was strong at Hope CommUnity Center, as hearts and voices were joined in the message: Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!