Uniting America: Springfield

March 01, 2012
Katherine Rivera Uniting America AmeriCorps Fellow

Yesterday, the Uniting America fellows joined the other 1000 people at Advocacy Day in Springfield. It was my first ever visit to Springfield and what a great day to go!  We started the day bright and early (6:00 am!) and hit the ground running once we arrived. Our signature red polos could be seen all over the Capitol as the fellows hand delivered sweet plates to every legislative office. ICIRR partners contributed a variety of delicious desserts, which were a hit with everyone.


It was inspiring to see community leaders and members from all over Illinois in one place showing solidarity, regardless of their ethnic background. As an Asian-American, this is not a setting we often dominate, but the 3 buses of Cambodian, Filipino, Lao, Chinese, Korean, Arab, and Vietnamese-Americans that made it down to Springfield was a great show of unity and empowerment. Towards the end of the day I was talking with an elderly woman from the Chinese Mutual Aid Association to see how her day was going, assuming that she must have more tired than I was, and she simply said, “This is Springfield, you have to expect to walk and walk, but look at this! No complaints!”