"The last shall be first" just took on a new meaning for me.
Barack Obama held a rally in front of my house in Espanola, New Mexico (pop. 8,700). My community, which is usually ignored, attracts attention for high rates of uninsured (NM is second only to TX), and for leading the nation in overdose deaths. Espanola's citizens go unrecognized for their achievements.
Last Thursday, a crowd bigger than my entire town including upscale neighbors from nearby Santa Fe and Los Alamos Counties, was visible from my roof. I would like to introduce you to some of the people at the rally...friends and vecinos who struggle...friends and vecinos who have changed the way our country thinks about health care and economic justice, though we don't know them.
This is the story of our small community, our struggles, and our one big, wonderful day! (Scroll your cursor over photos). Make the jump»