Share the Wealth with Marilyn Vazquez: Sunday 2 October 2016
by Mark Chmiel
I came to the U.S when I was five months old, and attended public schools, made friends, and played sports my whole life. I will be speaking about the two key issues facing the integrated and undocumented population of immigrants in the United States: health and education. I love this country, and it has always been my home, and I feel a great deal of patriotism for America. However, I realized, even though I blended in with my friends, my undocumented status created barriers to my future of pursuing a higher education. I will also share about my mother’s fight with an invasive and vicious breast cancer and how her undocumented status eliminated her chances of survival. As the election looms over our everyday lives, I believe the fear and anxiety among some communities must be shared with everyone.
I graduated from Saint Charles High School in 2016, and am attending Maryville to study Biology. I hope to pursue a career in medicine, and eventually work with the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders. I love to play soccer, watch John Oliver, and spend time with my girlfriend.
Join us Sunday 2 October
Potluck begins at 6:00 p.m.
Marilyn begins sharing at 6:45
At Sophia House
4547 Gibson Avenue
Forest Park Southeast
Please park at the west end of Gibson or on Taylor Avenue, or on the 4400 block of Chouteau.