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Monica and Horacio: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM

January 31, Day 12:

“When I got here… I kind of thought: ‘oh wow, there’s not many of us here, so I’m sure there is a need for people like me.’ What I came to realize is that the problem is much bigger… So, I decided to get my masters degree in community organizing. I think that the community here obviously needs to organize, but it also needs to come together and to be more representative of what they are… My son is not white and I don’t ever want him to be pulled over because of the color of his skin or harassed because he’s eating at taco at the corner because of the color of his skin. And, in order for me to change that, I have to do something about it now because, if things continue to go the way that they’re going, those things are very likely to happen.” -- Monica  #IamPGH

“In Pittsburgh, someone from the Northside and someone from the South Hills, they don’t cross over to where they live. But, if they both will go to another country, and meet in another country, then they will be friends. Then it’s ‘oooh, we are from the same town, we are from the same country.’ If they live here, they don’t want to interact and they don’t want to cross those small borders.


 

I keep working, I keep doing my thing. I’ve got a family to feed, a wife to take care of. I keep going. It makes me want to cooperate more with what my wife is doing, to help her organize our people, to show the world here in Pittsburgh that we have a voice, that we can do things, we can get together and get big.” -- Horacio  #IamPGH


Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

  Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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