Michelle Bachelet held an intimate Q and A with a small group of immigrant students this morning at Oakland International High School. Bachelet, the first woman elected president of Chile, was once living far from her home country, herself; her family was imprisoned, and later exiled, during the political turmoil of the 1970s.
You can read the story here.
The students I interviewed afterward told me Bachelet’s words encouraged and inspired them. The hourlong exchange was moving for me, as well — not to mention a short respite from contract dispute coverage.
While we’re on the subject of Oakland International: Congrats to Thi Bui, an art teacher who was one of eight recipients of the national Plank Fellowship Award. Bui’s students have created a graphic novel, Immigration Stories, based on their journeys to the United States. I wrote about the project last fall.