Local Speaks Out for Justice in D.C.

Courtesy photo    Abigail Gonzalez of Alameda (left) and Trinity Cooper spoke in the nation’s capital about the need for justice in the American healthcare system.

An Alameda resident and student at Bishop O’Dowd High School, Abigail Gonzalez, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2019 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The annual gathering promotes social justice and solidarity by challenging people to participate in caring for others. The main talking points of the weekend were climate justice and immigration.

Gonzalez was chosen to speak at the conference about the inequities of available care for children from different socioeconomic backgrounds, especially in regard to treatment for asthma and other medical issues. She also spoke about the need for climate action. 

Following her speech, Gonzalez, along with 2,000 colleagues, marched to the Capitol to speak to their local members of Congress. Gonzalez and her group visited the offices of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and  Representative Barbara Lee.

Having overcome asthma herself, two years ago Gonzalez started an organization called Attacking Asthma. She wrote articles and raised money for charities to support low-income families in Oakland and help them get the medical care they need. She raised money for the American Lung Association and Breathe California of the Bay Area. This work launched her passion for climate justice and inspired her to take action at her school and in the surrounding community. 

For more information, visit  www.attackingasthma.org.