By Josh Joh-Jung
New Organizing Project blogger
This is a short Q & A with Bryan Wright, who has been nominated to receive NAKASEC and KRCC’s DREAM In Action Award this Saturday in Chicago during the “We Walk One Path United” fundraiser.
Bryan Wright, my homie grew up in Chicago all his life. He attended Lane Tech High School and now attends DePaul University in downtown Chicago. Bryan loves to stay active and participate in all kinds of sports. His hobbies include film and reading.
Q: What is your name?
A: Bryan Wright
Q: What kind of activity do you do in the community?
A: Through KRCC, I’ve gone to a lot of fundraising events to support undocumented students, like the scholarship program. I also attended a lot of rallies in support of access to higher education for all.
Q: So I know you’re a part of FYSH, can you explain a little bit what FYSH is?
A: The literal definition is, a youth based group educating the community through social work. But FYSH, we just organize around something we believe in that we want to fix or start up in the community. We do whatever we can to correct the social injustices that we see.
Q: How did you first get started with KRCC?
A: One of my friends, Joe Park, told me to come hang out with him at KRCC and sit in on a FYSH meeting. I wasn’t sure what it was about, and when they first told me about the DREAM Act and I did a little bit of research and found that it connected closely with my family since some of my family members are undocumented.
Q: What role do you have in FYSH?
A: We all have an equal role here in FYSH, and we take equal responsibilities in outreaching and educating organizations and our peers. What is so great and unique about FYSH is that there is no single leader or hierarchical structure. Everyone is a leader.
Q: What is your hope for immigrant youth and young people of color?
A: I hope that eventually we will stop seeing people from different countries as criminals just because they came here through unconventional means. Everyone’s immigration experience is different, but in the end we are all contributors, not criminals.
Q: Is there any advice you’d like to give to young people who wish to make a difference in this world?
A: Honestly you may not think there is not a lot, but any idea that comes to your mind there will be people that go against you. But if you look hard enough you’ll find twice as many people who support you and think the same way you do. So don’t give up and keep making connections with people.
Q: Well congratulations once again, and thank you for the work you do in the community. Now last question, what is your favorite food?
A: I don’t know, I eat all kinds of food from across all cultures but I’d have to say … Mexican food, specifically burritos and tacos.