If we were allowed the power that we inherently possess to lead this movement, tsunamis of love, education and health would wash away bad policies, cultural norms, and misinformation.
Mimi, 22, attends college in Colorado and is an online peer educator with MySistahs.
Love is what inspired me to become involved in activism and peer education regarding sexual health. Love of my sisters because they might not have access to the right information to maintain themselves healthy. Love of my community because I'm tired of us being number one in all the wrong places, like statistics for HIV infection. Love of intimate partners around the world because it's healthy with the lights on, and it's never supposed to hurt. Love of word because when it comes from my sister it's a language I understand, as opposed to the reprimands of some patronizing, condescending adult. Love for our sexual health.
While working with Advocates for Youth I hope to educate other young women regarding sexuality issues including health, identity and expression. I hope to accomplish educating our sisters and brothers through word and technology. I believe communication is the/our revolutionary tool to use in order to create safer, healthier, and happier communities, especially regarding sexuality. Nothing is more intimate and raw than word, and that's exactly what we need to use.
I feel with Advocates for Youth I can spread knowledge and be able to communicate with young people throughout. I think youth can play a primary, creative, honest role in the sexual and reproductive health movement. As youth we are constantly exploring our sexuality and pushing through questions, doubts, and desires. The movement is currently beginning to make ripples in this ocean of oppression and stagnation. If we were allowed the power that we inherently possess to lead this movement, tsunamis of love, education and health would wash away bad policies, cultural norms, and misinformation. Just as in any tribe, young blood and elders must work together. Youth have communication, innovation, passion, and energy - elders contain experience, wisdom, and guidance. Young people have to play those bridge builders - we need to step up and show that we want to reclaim our responsibility to our bodies and that of our brothers, sisters, and children to come.
I am a young queer Latina who believes in: the power of youth, reproductive justice, elimination of borders, popular education, all forms of art expression, multi-generational learning, positive lyrics, swaying on the continuums of gender expression, identity and orientation, singing out-loud, leaving to come back, dancing in revolution, Latina sisterhood, and sana-sana-colita-de-rana...