Tell the Senate: Confirm Judges Committed to Expanding Civil Rights
Extremist judges will not stop endangering the lives of pregnant people or people who may become pregnant—overturning Roe v. Wade, attacking medication abortion, threatening the future of IVF, and now pregnancy accommodations. There are 56 federal judicial vacancies and 30 nominations before the Senate right now.
Tell the Senate to commit to confirming all federal nominees who will defend the rights and well-being of pregnant and postpartum workers, people who can get pregnant, and all women!
It’s an interesting perspective to have when you’re born into a lineage of people that were the original inhabitants of a land, and growing up you realize everything has been stolen from them.
I’ve always been interested in my family history. Unfortunately, it seems like everyone in my family carries no knowledge of how far our Mexican lineage goes beyond my grandparents. So lately I’ve had the courage to dig a little deeper and I decided to start with my grandfather, my mom’s father, Nicholas Hernandez. I have very few memories of him, but it was the details of his gestures of love that I remember the most—like how he would always have fresh tortillas from the corner tortilleria paired with a fresh salsa he made straight from the molcajete and some crunchy chicharrones on the side waiting for us at the kitchen table for when we arrived for visits. Sadly, my grandfather died when I was 16 years old after he became ill with Alzheimer’s. He slowly began to forget who he was but there were moments he would remember things and he would narrate them to us in great detail as if he was actually there, traveling back in time and living out his past right in front of our eyes. He always had boxing stories and told me about how as a teenager he would do bare knuckle boxing in the street and people would gather around them to watch and place bets.
Those stories began to make less and less sense as the days passed and the Alzheimer’s worsened. In his memory, I intend to connect with his past so at least one of us remembers his story, and in return, I get to explore just how deep my roots go.