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One Woman's 18 Year Journey From Undocumented To First-Time Voter


Bridget Kyeremateng spent 18 years as an undocumented immigrant organizing, and educating her community before finally getting the opportunity to cast her very first vote.

I remember stepping off the plane after our layover in New York City; we just flew 8 hours from Italy to our new home in California. I spent the first 7 years of my life living in Italy immersed in the Italian/Ghanaian culture. The only English words I knew how to utter were "yes," "no" and "hamburger," words that were always delivered with a smile. It was 2002 and George W. Bush was president.

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