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Dear America

by LAURA CORTES

Querida America,

My birthday wish for you is, above all things, health; that you may regain your wellbeing in all aspects:
Your emotional health, so that you may make decisions from a place of love, empathy, and justice, and strive for the inclusion of all your people. Your physical health and your strength, so that you may recover from the pandemic and you can continue to be the great country you’ve been since 1776.

Your social health, so that your people can live happily and in peace as part of this great nation. And of course, your economic health. So that every American can live their lives with dignity and access to the basic services that allow them to grow and fulfil their potential. As more people find peace, health, and fulfillment, the stronger you’ll become.
I feel very fortunate that, despite not being born in this country, I can now call it my home. The home I’ve raised my three sons in, and the home to which I hope to be contributing to and honoring everyday with my hard work in our community.

Thank you for welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to grow and be part of this great nation along with the many millions of other foreigners that have made this great nation our home.

Happy Anniversary, querida America.

LAURA CORTES

Laura Cortes is a San Bernardino County promotora, a community health worker that employs an effective model for engaging and supporting community in a way that reflects the culture and historical context of a people. Laura spearheaded efforts with her Promotoras group, El Sol, to engage and support the hardest to reach during the global pandemic.

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