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My self-summary
"A Toltec is an artist of Love,

An artist of the Spirit, someone Who is creating every moment Every second, the most beautiful art- The Art of Dreaming.

Life is nothing but a dream, And if we are artists, Then we can create our life with Love, And our dreams becomes A masterpiece of art." The Mastery of Love Don Miguel Ruiz I believe in grass root organizing… I have the blessing of many mistakes in my life. They are blessings because I learned from these mistakes. I come from a rural town in Puerto Rico, a poor family where I learned first hand that honesty and hard work are fundamental to human dignity… I learned to listen, to open my mind and my soul to others humans beings, I learned humility and I learned that a human being never should be judged. I learned to believe, to have faith in people. My first organizing experiences were at high school where I protested against the school administration for not providing an adequate environment for learning. My first experience in the environmental arena was in the second year of my college education when I realized that I wanted to be an ecologist and I discovered the amazing ecological richness of Puerto Rico. I dedicated many years in Puerto Rico presenting workshops, seminars and speeches challenging the colonial mentality and myth that we are small and we do not have natural resources. I realized how important it is for me to be with young people , with students from first grade to college, dialoguing exchanging ideas, discussing Puerto Rico, and its social, economic and environmental problems... I worked as a community organizer and environmental scientist in Puerto Rico and in New York. What I believe is that the communities that I work with have the power to transform and liberate themselves from the chains of economic, political and environmental oppression that they are facing. My vision of environmental struggle integrates as a whole political, social, economic and environmental dimensions. The historical perspectives of a problem are important to be integrated in an analysis and understanding of the problems that the communities that I work in are facing. I believe listening is one of the most important characteristics of an organizer. I am passionate and I like to challenge everything and everybody. I am blessed to work with a group of individuals that are visionaries in the field of environmental justice and despite the diversity of backgrounds and experiences, agree to disagree, believing and supporting each other in our work. We work with many issues and campaigns in our organization: waste, energy, natural resources, urban environment, social injustice, incarceration rates, among other problems. Central to our work is collaboration, dialogue, education and the development and integration of young people in the struggles of their communities. I contribute many efforts to create coalitions and collaborations among organizations in the South Bronx. I have worked a lot to provide spaces for dialogue and discussion among young people and to help them realize the knowledge and the power they have to transform themselves and their communities.

I am tierno, loving, and solidario.
What I’m doing with my life
This morning I opened wide my eyes and I felt my soul jumping with enthusiasm to embrace the light of the new sun, that sun that gives its love, its warm without hesitation, without doubts. This morning I am thankful for this new opportunity of living a new day to receive and give love; of living our life to the fullest with perseverance, with “ternura”. This morning I am thankful for this new day to move forward building peace; for a new day to face fears and our uncertainties; for a new day creating, sharing poems of determination, and love. This morning I am thankful for a new day to add our humble efforts to be part of the chain of human beings that challenge injustice and loveless actions and attitudes, seeking to create a community of love.
I’m really good at
Talking, hugging, writing, speaking my mind, organizing, taking action, cooking, poetry, critical thinking.
The first things people usually notice about me
I am the possbility of love peace and solidarity. Sharing my love with my friends...Writing poetry and short stories… For me writing is a way of sharing my soul with other human beings. I write poetry and short stories and the words are the most sacred part of my life because these words come from my soul. I have been writing short stories since high school and it is another way to express and share with other individuals my life and heart. It is a way to hug and give love. “Language is the blood of my spirit”, and writing and sharing my spirit is the food of my soul...

Oh I forgot ...My nose, my smile, my passion, my energy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music is part of my soul, of my word, of my humanity. Through music I live and hug dreams, hopes and share my humanity with other dreamers and human beings that following their own path stand up against injustice... Nueva Trova: Social and political messages created by the poetry of life of wonderful human beings is part of the essence in my life. Listening and living such creations of love are fundamental to the health of my spirit and my soul and allowed me to develop the sensibility to embrace my people and their struggles. (Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Alejandro Filio, Alberto Cortez, Mercedes Sosa, Roy Bown, El Topo, Andrés Jiménez…) “Hay locuras que son como brazos de mar te sorprenden te arastran te pierden y ya”…) Salsa and Merengue: I am an old school salsa fan, Hector Lavoe, Lo Sonora Ponceńa, Ismael Rivera, La Selecta and many others. It was only until the emergence of Juan Luis Guerra that I started to listen to Merengue.

“Mi estrategia en cambio es más profunda y más simple, mi estrategia es que un día no se como ni con que motivo, por fin me necesites…” Táctica y estrategia, Mario Benedetti Reading is part of me. Isabel Allende, Eduardo Galeano, Benedetti, Julia de Burgos, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Maya Angelou, bell hook, Jose Saramango, Arundhati Roy, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Juan Bosh and many more have seeded in my life many visions of dreams, hopes, tears, new way of understanding, of visualizing of loving and living and feeling that permeates everything that I do, everything that I say, everything that I feel. There are many books that are essential to my life however there are five that are here so close to me that are as essential of being able to breathe. These books are: The little Prince, One hundred years of solitude, Book of Embraces, Jonathan Sebastian Seagull, and House of Spirits. Reading is a passion for me, I am always reading and who I am today is connected to reading and is essential for my soul and my heart.
Six things I could never do without
A hug, A smile, a pleasent conversation about life, a good book to read, time to mediate and see inside me, a friend.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
About injustices, about a poem, about the sunset, about friends, about life... Environment
On a typical Friday night I am
Depends, I could be at home reading a book if that what my soul needs, or I could be out cooking with a friend... I enjoy whatever life and me create at the moment...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I embrace my tears with the same love that I embrace una carcajada, there are part of the same poem.
You should message me if
You are committed to love, justice and solidarity.
The two of us