My name is Manuel E. Caballero. I grew up in a classic upper-middle class white suburban neighborhood. Despite me being very light skinned I had many difficulties feeling a part of the community because no matter how light skinned I am still a Latino man that faced oppression in this community. Coming to the Bronx I felt a sense of community I never felt before. I felt that I was able to be my full authentic self. Living in both the Bronx and Long island I witnessed enormous disparities and injustices in education, and this made me want to give back and fight for justice in my community. With this desire to fight for justice I joined the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, which is a part of PANY. Through this program I have learned many skills such as facilitating meetings, doing outreach, conducting one-on-ones and many more. Through this program I have learned many concrete ways to combat systematic racism and combat capitalism in the education system.