Hero’s name: Yadira Gonzalez
Home city: Alamo, Texas
Their organization: La Union del Pueblo Entero
How does the person’s work advance social justice? What is the person’s vision for an equitable world?
“Yadira Gonzalez is a 36-year-old member of La Union del Pueblo Entero and an advocate for immigration rights.
She is a very strong woman who has surpassed many obstacles that have come in her path.
She is a believer in ‘la union hace la fuerza!’ and believes that working together definitely gets the goods.
Her development as a leader started when she started participating in her colonia and coming to house meetings with her neighbors.
At the time, community members were working to support the street light program for our colonia, getting signatures and speaking to the commissioners.
Her first experience at the commissioners’ meeting let everyone know that we meant business.
It would be a while before she spoke, putting her husband to speak before her because she was too shy for the first time. But she eventually gained the courage to step up for her community.
She started noticing that the ‘union’ was putting them together with people who had the power. She felt that she wanted to have her ‘granito de arena,’ or her bit or ‘grain of sand,’ in the decision making.
Now, she organizes in her colonia, along with fellow members to better their conditions. She has conducted training sessions to inform members about lobbying.
She has a hunger to learn much more to educate herself and her community.
Strong willed, she has confronted elected commissioners about the conditions in her neighborhood with the thought of her community in mind to the point that they organized two colonia cleanup efforts within three months in a place where they hadn’t seen one in years.
Furthermore, she has done this, while raising five children. She has a heart of gold.”
Honored by: Marco Lopez
Note: This profile is part of Equal Voice News’ special Cesar Chavez Day Community Heroes edition. These submissions were edited for clarity.