As an 18-year-old Mexican American, I can tell you it’s a concern of mine to see so many faces that don’t look like mine represent me. Growing up here, I can’t tell you what a difference it has been since I first started school and had to translate almost everything for my mom. Now, we do have materials being translated, yet we still have 61% of Port Chester residents speaking a language other than English at home. If we want a bright future for this small village, we need to push ourselves to reach out to the whole community, not just the neighbors we know. Candidates have neglected a major group of Port Chester voters–the communities of color. There’s a misconception that Latino/South American people don’t vote, but understand that just because we speak another language and look different doesn’t mean we don’t have the right to vote, too.

68% of Port Chester is not white. In simple words, Port Chester is a “majority minority” community. Elected officials should be looking to take our concerns seriously, such as affordable housing, good jobs, and policies that protect us and create a better quality of life for everyone.

As community organizer for Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, I can tell you it’s an organization in which all these topics are discussed and actions will be taken. We need to start doing more even if it means letting our friends and colleagues in positions of power know that there’s something off in Port Chester.

We meet in the basement of St. Peter’s Church at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Whether you join us or not, I encourage you to be more understanding, daring and active in our local social organizations.

Zeltzyn Sanchez
Sustainable Port Chester Alliance
Port Chester