Teaching English to Day Laborers Leads to Interest in Immigration Politics
Lilly Lerner '13
El Centro Humanitario, Denver, Colorado
Lilly Lerner ’13 became involved in immigration politics after volunteering to teach English at El Centro Humanitario, a center for day laborers in Denver.
As Lilly got to know her students, she realized that many of them were being paid much below minimum wage. Soon she started working with El Centro’s campaign to end wage theft. Lilly, a Peace and Global Studies major, says she uses her knowledge of social change to encourage workers to seek legal advice.
“When I was reading about non-violent movements, I never thought I would be involved in one,” she says. “Now I’m turning back to my books from History of Non-Violent Movements, reading what the authors said, and comparing that to where our campaign is and where we should go next.”
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