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January 22, 2017

These Three Minutes from the Women’s March are Why I Won’t Give up Hope.

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The future is female—and thankfully, full of faith.

While watching live coverage of the Women’s March on Washington, I was brought to tears by my new (s)hero.

Sophie Cruz, the 6-year-old girl who made headlines in 2015 for handing the Pope a heart-felt letter about immigration reform, walked out on stage with her family—who are undocumented immigrants from Mexico—to share one of the most profound messages of the day.

Speaking in both English and Spanish, Sophie did in three minutes what our current president hasn’t been able to do, well…ever.

She united Americans, undocumented and documented alike.

She spoke of the importance of protecting families.

She vowed to fight with love.

As the multi-ethnic daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a Puerto Rican and West Indian father, I became emotional watching a little girl who looks like me, who speaks the language I grew up hearing and who was raised, like me, to be a fighter, standing in front of millions, speaking her truth.

She is the reason I know that we—those who believe in equality and freedom and basic human decency—will not only survive, but thrive during these difficult times.

Thank you Sophie, and yes—si, se puede!

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Watch her inspiring speech below:

 

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Author: Nicole Cameron

Image: @womensmarch on Instagram; YouTube

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Nicole Cameron

Nicole Cameron is a lover of words: the simple ones, the powerful ones, the made-up ones, and those of the four-letter variety. She’s also a fan of N.Y. style cheese pizza, trolling the internet for inspiration, and singing loudly in the shower. Her purest, most-functional relationship to date is with her chocolate lab, Leopold. A native New Yorker, who calls Maryland home, Nicole is a late-comer to the travel bug and plans to visit “all the places.” She spends her days trying to live a fun, mindful life, in part through her role as an editor for Elephant Journal, where she feels lucky to connect with others while hanging out on her couch in yoga pants. Oh, and chocolate—she likes that too. Want more words? Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.