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.
Oh I forgot ...My nose, my smile, my passion, my energy.
“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.