Author’s Note: This post was written prior to attending the “Million Hoodie March”, organized by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. The author does not condone some of the behavior that took place during the protests, and will be posting commentary on that shortly.
January 1, 2008; Orlando, FL- Teenagers are often known for being sullen, obnoxious, and fickle creatures who prefer to stay as far away from home and their families as possible. At 15 years old, Luis Rivera Ortega wasn’t like that all. A happy go lucky kid who was always smiling and always had a joke for everyone, he dreamed of being a professional basketball player and worked hard in school to get good grades so he could go on to college. An extremely hard worker, like his mother Lisa Ortega, Luis even found jobs to do for neighbors and family members to earn money; not so he could buy things for himself, but so he could get Christmas gifts for his mother and younger siblings.
On January 1, 2008, all of that was taken away from us. Read more