I have lived in the U.S. my entire life, specifically in the Little Village community in Chicago. Even though I have lived in Little Village my entire life, I never experienced living in my community until I went to my community high school. Going to Little Village High School was a definite culture shock and a pivotal aspect in my life. In high school I realized I was a minority and I would endure set limitations against my set goals and aspirations. At that moment I knew I needed to become active and play a part as a citizen in my own community. I wanted to educate not only myself but my community and let them know that although there are boundaries and restrictions created by society, they can be dismantled. However, our biggest and my biggest limitation was myself. With the aid of my culture, I was able to find my identity and transform myself.
The Butterfly postcard campaign was developed by the UIC Latino Cultural Center in collaboration with student organizations Fearless Undocumented Alliance and Heritage Garden Student Group that highlights the parallels between the migration of people and Monarch butterflies across national borders.
You can also pick up a postcard at the UIC Latino Cultural Center and mail it to someone that can help improve the lives of immigrants.