As a human rights advocate, Rubio works toward social, political reform

July 19, 2013 • Local News

Angelica Rubio

Angelica Rubio grew up in Lake Arthur. It is, as she says, a small town with a population of 300. It has a small economic base. “The only thing that sustains it is [auth] the school, and the oil and gas industry.”

Rubio was the youngest of six children. She attended college at New Mexico State University, where she received her bachelor’s in government. Then this small-town girl went to the one of the biggest cities in the country, Los Angeles, and obtained a master’s in Latin American Studies.

After Rubio left school, she became a consumer advocate. Eventually, though, she got the urge to return home.

“When I worked in consumer protection, I helped countless families in L.A., and I thought there are so many things I can do back home. I decided it was time come back.”

She’s also worked as a community organizer. The goal for the community organizer is to resolve conflict, improve the economic outlook, set goals and deadlines for reform, to create positive change in their community.

She moved to Roswell three years ago. “I love New Mexico.

“L.A. has so many diverse cultures,” Rubio said. “I thought the transition would be difficult.”

But she found a place for herself where she can use her skills. Rubio works for Tobosa Developmental Services, raising funds. She also writes and has created a blog, The Rubio Dispatch.

Rubio has plans for the future. She wants to continue her education. “I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Law school is another option.”

She also has political aspirations. She is a candidate with Emerge New Mexico, a group that grooms a potential candidate for political office.

“As a kid, I used to watch C-SPAN. I’d watch the Legislature and I thought it was the greatest thing on the planet. “

As an individual, she prefers to emphasize the positive. “I’m big on collaboration and big on building communities. I want to get people together to be proactive… Too many groups form because something that occurs rather than getting together to work toward the future.”

Another personal goal is: “to engage people in the voting process. We want people who are thinking about the community and about the future to vote.”

She’s an advocate for human rights. “When I returned, my initial plan was to start a nonprofit. Then I came across the Alliance for Peace and Justice and I stopped developing the 501( c )3,” said Rubio.

Immigration rights is another topic of particular interest. Her father was born in the United States and is a U.S. citizen, but he grew up in Mexico. “My mom was from Mexico.”

She does not support the immigration bill with all its additions and riders. She does not believe that people, many who may have settled in the U.S. years ago and those who were born here, should face expulsion. “They are people; they may have crossed the border, but they are still people.”

Rubio speaks not only of Mexican nationals, but of all Latino cultures and countries. She fears that the younger generation may forget about their origins and their diverse histories. “I always find it so interesting that we rarely learn from our mistakes as a nation. As we mature as adults, we do. We have to. We should do that as a nation.

Angelica Rubio may be a rising star upon the political horizon, with a philosophy that that is inclusive rather than exclusive. “I care about my state. We are at a crossroads here in New Mexico. I have a goal of making things better — for everyone.”

Rubio says she was pleased with the mayor, who put the issue front and center. It’s good to see they are not representative of the city.

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