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September 7, 2019 12:47 PM Subscribe
Even after Carmen Castillo won election to Providence City Council, she kept her job cleaning hotel rooms. The documentary Councilwoman looks at her first term in office, and how democracy (and public policy) could change when we elect a working-class immigrant. The film is available to watch for free until Oct 3.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Castillo has worked as a hotel housekeeper in Providence (Rhode Island) for nearly 25 years. She helped organize her coworkers into a union, and then got involved in local politics in her ward. “I started working for my councilman, my best friend and my mentor, Miguel Luna,” she said. In 2011, Luna died one year into his term, and people in the community convinced her to run for his vacant seat.
“I said, ‘No way,’ ” she said. “I was scared because my English is not that good. I have an accent. Some people made a comment like, I’m a housekeeper, what can I do?” But she went ahead. She recalled long days, working at the hotel during the day, campaigning in the evening and taking English classes at a public library at night. (Source: Providence Journal)