August 3, 2000
I remember there was a time when my grandparents came to California looking for a better life. They had no money, a few personal possessions and high hopes, which were beleaguered by their difficult and troubled past. When they came here, they were met with discrimination, bigotry and, at times, open aggression. They had a difficult time finding jobs, working long days doing things unrelated to their skills or education. They worked hard to make sure their children had a better life and didn't have to grow up in a society that discriminated against people because of their place of origin and their pride in their culture.