The event started with a pastor who spoke about immigration and who gave an opening prayer, followed by a series of speakers. One of the members from the local chapter of Democracia and the Director of Democracia for the state of Florida spoke about immigration issues and what their organization is doing to fight them. They also promoted a visit to the Attorney General’s office to demonstrate against a law proposal in Florida similar to Arizona’s SB 1070. Another pastor spoke about immigration but in the confines of how he felt about it and how we should get together and pray for change.
These speakers were followed by Santiago Ferreyra, the author of the book, who read a chapter of his book, which was very moving and enraging. Then, Yanidsi Velez, from the local chapter of Democracia spoke and also shared her story, calling us to action and motivating us to never give up the fight.
Finally, everyone stood up and said a little about what our organizations did and why we were there. I talked for about five minutes; introduced YAYA then talked about our AgJOBS and DREAM Act campaign and told people about the rally that we were organizing. People seemed to be impressed that we are a group composed mostly of young people and a couple of people told me that we fight for a good cause.