When Wendy Carrillo realised that Donald Trump was elected as the US President her evolving desire to join the opposition finally forced her hand. Now she is set for fighting against human rights violations in her country. 

Wendy Carrillo, born in Salvador, happened to stay in the US since 1985. Her 22-year-old mother escaped the Salvadoran Civil War, moved in the US in 1980 and worked there as a babysitter. Only five years later she was able to bring her child, being 5 at that time. It took 9 years for her mother to receive the approval of their residency. And this story is a pure example of how much time the so-called «paperwork» takes in the reality. The question is: what should people do in such situation? To wait for about 9 years in a war-struck country to a legal permission of residence or to risk and move in with no permission knowing that you are at least safe?

Wendy Carrillo. «I am fearless. And we *are* fearless women»

Wendy Carrillo. «I am fearless. And we *are* fearless women»

 

When Wendy Carrillo, 13, learned about her status, she desiderated to become a US citizen. In 5 years she finally became naturalized and appeared to be the first voter in her family. Then she entered USC and got her Master’s Degree in Specialized Journalism. After that she worked as a political reporter and correspondent for various news outlets and organizations. Now she is running for Congress at California’s 34th Congressional District where she was raised.

There is an opportunity to replace Xavier Becerra standing for Trump’ dreadful agenda and Carrillo is striving for it. In her statement she declares: «I am running to represent the 34th because the people of this district who reflect the communities who woke up on November 9th feeling assaulted by our nation’s politics deserve a fighter who will go to Washington who is unafraid to say that we all should Fight for 15, make sure there is Not One More Deportation, that Black Lives Matter, and Mni Wiconi (that Water is Life!)».

Wendy Carrillo. «I am fearless. And we *are* fearless women»

Wendy Carrillo. «I am fearless. And we *are* fearless women»

 

A Campaign Fighting for People

Rejecting «the inner city» agenda of the elected US President, Carrillo takes the path of facing multiplex challenges but standing for a campaign called «A MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WHO WILL FIGHT FOR PEOPLE». Her movement is deliberately prepared for the families which can be deported or do not have a right to vote, seeking rehabilitation school-prisoners, college students being not able to manage their student loans, all working people who want their country to be fair to them. After reading the autobiography of Carrillo’s family such an agenda is totally clear. These are people from a working class, living in one of the neglected communities, being not able to send their daughter to college. Despite this background, Wendy Carrillo made her way through college, built a successful career, became a US citizen and harnessed her willpower for a congressional race. This woman is probably of those who know what is going on behind the scenes. That is the number one reason why Carrillo believes in a «people-powered campaign» more than a «campaign with deep financial ties».

To Make 10 Actions in 100 Days

In her Twitter Carrillo states a tag line «I am fearless. And we *are* fearless women» as a part of the Woman’s March campaign. The actual parade on January, 21 united over 5 Million women worldwide counting over 1 Million women in Washington D.C. But this is only a beginning. The idea of the whole campaign lies in making 10 actions in 100 days. The agenda is focused on protection of all women’s rights not matter of their race, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, economic status or disability. Right now there are 3-to-do-steps described on the official site of Woman’s March. The First step urges to get a specially designed Woman’s March postcard.  The second step appeals to write down one’s thoughts about «any issue that you care about, whether it’s ending gender-based violence, reproductive rights and women’s health, LGBTQIA rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, religious freedom, environmental justice or anything else». The third is aimed to share the photo of your postcard via social media and finally send it to your senator.

Wendy Carrillo. «I am fearless. And we *are* fearless women»

Wendy Carrillo. «I am fearless. And we *are* fearless women»

Carrillo’s work includes diversified fronts at both district and national levels. It is about «police accountability, investing in public schools, and environmental protection». She believes in a small contribution from all over the state. In other words, if every citizen of California donates $34 (as the number of this district) it will have a great influence on the success rate of the campaign. With her head high she walks through fundraising challenges and an overcrowded list of candidates. Carrillo strongly believes in a feather in her bonnet and is ready to face any difficulties on her way.

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