By Team AOTL
Fernando immigrated from Mexico to the United States 20 years ago and Pennsylvania became home in a heartbeat. Pennsylvania is where he met his wife, where his kids were born, and where he became a U.S. citizen while working for President Obama’s campaign in 2012. Fernando has focused his career on working with vulnerable and underrepresented communities, advocating for immigrants’ rights, and empowering communities of color to have a voice in the political process and government.
What does All On The Line mean to you?
All On The Line represents the opportunity to work again with amazing people that share my values. The most amazing thing that President Obama’s movement for change taught us is to put people first, and use that power comes from the grassroots — that power flows from the bottom up.
Why are you fighting for fair maps?
As an immigrant and someone that has worked with underrepresented communities for most of my career, I have seen firsthand the negative impact that partisan gerrymandering has on our society and the disproportionate impact it has on communities of color. I’m fighting for fair maps because they will bring fair representation in government for all.
Why should people get involved with All On The Line?
It’s simple. Partisan gerrymandering affects all issues we care about. If we don’t have fair maps, we can’t have meaningful progress.
The majority of Pennsylvanians support making healthcare more affordable, imposing background checks for gun owners, and making our air and water cleaner for our kids. However, because of the way that Pennsylvania’s state legislative districts are drawn, the majority is not represented in our General Assembly and our elected officials vote based on special interests — not in the public’s interest.
Which district in your state is the wackiest?
Until recently, map manipulators in Pennsylvania drew the 7th Congressional District by combining large parts of the Philadelphia suburbs with smaller areas of heavily Black populations. The result: A district that looked like Goofy kicking Donald Duck, and also, a district that aimed to kick public accountability in favor of keeping extreme, partisan politicians in power.