November 1-2, 2016: In the final week before the election, guest speakers, Herminia Galvez and Manuel Barrios, helped Carson and Palisades Charter High Schools STF chapters drive home the value of rehabilitation and education programs like those offered in Prop 57.
More than 150 Carson HS students and teachers listened to Herminia’s fight to achieve six years of sobriety after a judge helped her enroll in a drug rehab program. Manuel shared how working toward his GED and separating himself from gang life during his 23 years in prison has turned his life around.
At Palisades Charter HS, Herminia’s sister, Maritza, explained to more than 200 students how Herminia’s time in and out of detention motivated Maritza to work in the system and create change through legislation.
Participants in both events described the presentations as “powerful” and “enlightening.” One student said, “Their stories are so relatable… I just wish more people could have heard them speak.”