Where do you go to school? What’s your graduation year and your major? I’m a biology major and secondary education minor at the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently expecting to graduate in December of 2015. Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like? I grew up en la frontera. I was the first person in my family to have been born in the U.S., and at the time I was born my family lived in Chihuahua and Juarez. My xingona mother actually had to drive herself across the border, in labor, so that I would be born here. When I was a baby part of my family moved to El Paso and because I was a citizen I had the privilege of going back and forth between the two, of traveling between my mother and father. My childhood was very characterized by my xicano identity. To quote Selena, “[I had] to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans at the same time!” What issues are you passionate about? For anyone who does advocacy work, I think it’s important to be able to recognize that all the issues society is facing and working to overcome do not exist in a vacuum independent from each other. They all intersect and influence each other in ways that are sometimes not easy to recognize. I’m passionate about being conscious and always trying to better my understanding of the multiple situations of injustice in our society. Read More

Last month we reintroduced you to Texas Rising, a TFN project that seeks to uplift the voices of the rising electorate, 18-29 year olds, across the state. The first weekend of August, more than 40 of those young people, all TFN student chapter members from all parts of the state, were in Austin for intensive training sessions we’re calling the Texas Rising Summer Institute.

We’d like to introduce you to some of these amazing young people, starting with Caitlin Rodriguez in a Q&A conducted by another Texas Rising student, James Carneiro.

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Texas Freedom Network

We’re live from Equality Lobby Day: pscp.tv/w/b1_VazExMT…