Mendoza Family // Gilberto's Healthcare Costs
Organized by: Carrie Freshour
September 15, 2016
This is a small, family/friend directed fundraiser for some really, really close friends and amazing activists in Athens, GA. The Mendozas are going through some difficult financial times right now. This is worsened by Gilberto's health problems which he has been dealing with for the past year plus. I've watched, along with many other friends and community organizers, as Beto, Noe, Oralia, and Aldo have diligently worked to help Gilberto get better. They have made many changes in diet and doctor's visits, but without insurance they are unable to access many medicines and even just primary care. They have been doing their own hustle for extra money, selling homemade tortillas, tamales, and salsas each weekend at the West Broad Farmer's Market. While this is a small amount of extra money, this has not been nearly enough.
More on the Mendozas: GIlberto and his family (wife and son) have been leaders in the immigrant rights movement in Athens, GA and beyond. Their brothers, Beto and Noe, are also both active community leaders in Dignidad Inmigrant en Athens (DIA- https://www.facebook.com/dignidad.enathens/), Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition, Community Support for Families in Crisis of Deportation, U-Lead (http://www.uleadathens.org/), Athens for Everyone (http://athensforeveryone.com/), and the Economic Justice Coalition (http://www.economicjusticecoalition.org/). The entire family has participated in the Human Rights Festival, Latin@ Fest organizing, as well as many "Know your rights" trainings and workshops. In the past year, Beto joined up with local community organizer/leader Life through Chess and Community (www.chessandcommunity.org), extending the group to the Pinewoods community. With each of these groups they have provided support, attended meeting after meeting, dedicated hours of time to cooking, serving, and selling food, committed numerous hours to outreach and community organizing, and so much more! These are just a few things I have personally witnessed. I'm sure so many others know of even more work and love that the Mendozas have shared. Gilberto and his wife Oralia have given so much to me and others. They share everything they have and make sure that you do not leave their house hungry. Oralia has taught me to make tortillas and has valiantly tried to share her tamale recipe with me (in spite my poor spanish). They are, for me, the most inspiring and dedicated family, often sacrificing their free time and energy to the movement for immigrant rights and dignity as well as racial and economic justice. They are the salt of the earth!
I hope we can raise this small amount to assist with bills and healthcare costs. They would never ask anyone to do this, but I think it's a small way we can take some of the financial burden from this incredible family. For their sake, let's share only with close friends and family. Only 100 donations of $10 would reach our goal! Thank you!