No Person Should Be Invisible, And After Watching This Video You'll Certainly Agree
"What I want to say to everybody is, study your own roots," says Judy Lucas of California. "See how many generations you have to go back to find immigrants. Just treat people like you hope your immigrant family was treated."
It's hard to argue with that. And it's hard not to be fully inspired by Judy, who started an organization called Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc. in her home of Ventura County, CA. After a 2013 fire in Ventura County that consumed the homes and personal possessions of 27 families of mostly fieldworkers, Judy led the effort to collect donations of clothing, furniture, food, and other needs to help the families get back on their feet. The founder of Friends of Fieldworkers says that she wants to change the way that a typical American views immigrant workers, as if they are part of the background scenery rather than as whole people with needs and families.
One of the people Judy has dedicated herself to through Friends of Fieldworkers is named Litzy Hernandez. The daughter of immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico, Litzy didn't have the easiest time as a kid. Judy describes young Litzy as shy and a little "scattered," not sure of what she would do with her future. But through their friendship, Judy was able to help Litzy find purpose and better understand her potential.
"Judy came at a perfect time... She instilled in me that I had to pursue higher education," says Litzy.
Today, Litzy plans to go to college and then to pursue a degree in immigration law. And the countless other people whose lives Judy has touched through Friends of Fieldworkers are experiencing similar transformations in their lives. "She didn't know who we were, but she looked at us and she saw a human," says Litzy. We could all surely learn something from the deep compassion and altruism that Judy has in her!
This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot by Alex Simon, and edited by Kellie Sieban.
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