WE ARE THE FUTURE

Vincent Orona Gutierrez

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Let me take some time to introduce myself. My name is Vincent Orona-Gutierrez, I am 13 years old, and when I grow up, I want to be a defense attorney. 

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Growing up, all I saw of the world was happiness, I didn’t’ who were our leaders, how the climate was changing, and the suffering of the population. 

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Recently, I have had the chance to see our world in true colors. I now understand that our climate is in fact changing, animals are going extinct everyday, children are being ignored, women now are being held accountable for what they do with their bodies, the list goes on and on. 

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My Grandmother says she doesn’t want me involved in politics, but this nation, this economy, this planet, needs someone to take the stand and stand up for what is right. 

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People look at me, and think I am a young boy that hasn’t lived his life yet. Although, that is true, I am more than that, I am a son, I am a student, and I am a citizen of a democracy with a president that we trusted, will make America a better place, but hasn’t fulfilled that duty. Instead, has put a stop to women’s reproductive rights, has harmed our healthcare, is putting separated families into concentration camps, because they are immigrants, and etc. 

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Our national anthem says “The Land of the Free” not “Land of the Few.” I understand people come to the United States to have a new beginning, a fresh start, but how can people do that now if our immigration system takes years to give people their citizenship. 

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Again I am still a child, so I leave this message to the politicians. I leave this message to give a greater understanding of our nation’s recent cry for help. I am not addressing today, as a child. But as a human of a society that cannot bars struggle any longer. 

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