Chicago Kicks-Off the First Week with the Pride Parade

Believe it or not, the first week of the Organizing Beyond Barriers internship in Chicago has already finished!

On Wednesday, I had my first visit to the Hyatt hotel where I’ll be organizing this summer. It was such an eye-opener to hear about the pain they were experiencing in their job. I knew to expect that there would be pain associated with the work, but to hear that workers were experiencing pain that woke them in the night and to see how hard it was even to move their fingers was a really shocking thing. It makes me upset that people are treating their fellow humans like this.

This week has helped me to grow personally in a few ways. To start, I figured out what it feels like to wake up at 4:30 A.M. in order to make a 2.5 hour commute, and I’ve got to hand it to the Chicagoans who do that daily – I don’t know how you do it.  Of course, there have definitely been nay-sayers this week, which is something that just comes with the territory. It has really been a great learning experience to talk with them as well, even though they are very clearly on the other side of the fence.  It has really helped me do something my faith has always told me I should do: give my well-wishes and my blessing to those who disagree with me and may even dislike me because of my views.  It was kind of rough to talk to those people, but it was really
beneficial to me as an organizer and as a person, which made week one an overall success in my book!

-Miranda, 2012 Summer Organizer, Chicago

Photo to the Left: Miranda dancing with her fellow interns at the LGBT Parade.

Photo to the Right: Miranda giving the crowd a wake-up call to the issues at hand.

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