Daniel Cortes - Colorado College

The global pandemic we are facing has interrupted nearly every facet of our lives. The need to return home for the remainder of the academic year came as a surprise. Upon arrival to New Mexico, it was clear that our state was much less prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak than Colorado, from which I had just departed. Immediately it became apparent that those of us living in low-income families would need to mobilize our communities to act quickly, safely, and mindfully in order to ensure the health and safety of all individuals. First, we communicated the severity of the situation to high risk community members, such as the elderly, and helped them prepare for an early lock down as we knew the state would not be mandating a stay-at-home order for at least another week (despite an increasing number of confirmed cases). Then, we designated shoppers who could purchase and deliver groceries to these individuals as needed. Finally, we established closed friend groups in order to limit our potential of becoming vectors while avoiding total self-isolation.

Witnessing our community’s capacity to self organize was incredible, and inspired hope for a democratic future in which the people, not the corporations, operate our society, responding to situations as they develop, and ensuring the best possible outcome for ALL


Daniel Cort├ęs is from Albuquerque, NM. Daniel is currently attending Colorado College where they are pursuing an education in music and religion. Their focus is in digital music production and Buddhism.