OMAHA, Nebraska. – Immigrant fears of physical violence and loss of freedom of expression took center stage during a weekend political meeting in Omaha.
“I could not even conceive that in the world we live in, I would be concerned about our basic freedom, such as freedom of speech or freedom of the press,” said lecturer Katie Weitz. “Where our physical security as women, people of color, and immigrants are openly threatened in the light of day. Or that at night I’ll worry about a possible nuclear war. ”
And Weitz was present at the second biennial political convention of the Heartland Worker Center.
“I think it starts with us giving an example to our children so they can see it,” said Schuyler councilwoman Barbara Raya.
Roger García says that communication is the key:
“The most important thing is that elected officials like me or in the office start listening to the community.”
Delegates from communities such as Schuyler, Nebraska City and several others throughout the state attended the event and many feel that even after years of accomplishment, much remains to be done.
“We have to listen to the voters and know what they need and help them by directing them or pointing them in the right direction,” said Schuyler’s delegate, Gisela Chavez.