My name is Miguel Guerrero, I’m 28 years old, single parent of a 9-year-old beautiful little girl and a member of the Chicago Progress movement.
My life didn’t really start until the day my daughter was born. Before that I was a completely different person. I was involved with the wrong crowds and I did a lot of things I am not proud of, but I realized I had to do those things to get to where I am today. I grew up noticing things that were wrong in my community and country, but didn’t do much to make a difference. I rebelled but not in the way I should have. My daughter was born on January 29, 2007, I was 18 at the time. Around the age of 21 I became a single parent after me and my then spouse decided it wasn’t working. We agreed that it was in the best interest for my daughter for her to stay with me since I could provide a more stable environment for her. Having witnessed a bad divorce between my parents, I decided I was going to be a better person and not let this destroy me or make me bitter. So I started focusing more on my daughter and her future, and that’s when I realized all of those things that I saw wrong when I was growing up were still there and some got even bigger. I had to do something to make a difference if not for me, but for her.
The first big thing I did was getting involved in Bernie’s campaign/movement. To be honest I always liked the idea of politics but never got involved mainly because I always felt that politics was more of a game of screw the little guys or a scheme for wealthy people to stay wealthy. There was a few times when I started to like politicians but they quickly gave me a reason not to like them. When I first found out about Bernie was through a friend of mine, Angel Razo, he told me what Bernie’s ideas where and what his plans were and it amazed me. I began to do more and more research and the more I found out, the more I was blown away. I honestly think he has the best integrity any politician has ever had. He quickly turned from a man I thought was a good candidate to a person I looked up to. I started to get more involved in his movement from phone banking, to going to fund raisers, talking to people about his campaign, and volunteering in his campaign. The more I got involved the more I learned about the issues we face as a country, issues that will impact my daughter’s life.
Once I got involved I started to feel different, I started to believe that we can make a difference, that hopelessness I once felt started to disappear. As I got more involved I decided to bring my daughter along with me, not only because I felt bad that I would leave her at home while I went out, but so that she could learn what the world looks like and for her to get a glimpse of what the future could look like. Soon after, my daughter became as intrigued as I was and wanted to be more involved too. For the first time I was doing something I felt passionate about, which was participating in a movement in which I believed would make the world a better place for my daughter. At the same time, my daughter was looking up to me as hero because I was standing up for something I believed in. For me it was a win-win and the feeling of that is indescribable.
After Bernie lost (to put it nicely), I knew I could not give up and go back to living in the shadows as I once did. I feel like Bernie fought, and keeps fighting, for things that he won’t benefit directly from, but for things that will play a huge importance in other people’s lives. I admire that and want to follow in his footsteps. For me, it’s not about me, but it’s for my daughter, because I owe it to her. She saved me once, now it’s my time to pay her back by making this place a better place for her and every child out there. That’s why I got involved in this movement. I’m doing this for her, and for every child out there, every person without a voice and for those that get ignored. I ask of you reading this, don’t you care enough to jump into action?