Lyda Ness-García, the co-founder of Women’s March of El Paso and Stand with El Paso Women, an activist for child advocacy and immigration reform, a family law attorney, and child welfare expert, is a force to be reckoned with. Born in North Carolina and raised in Athens, Greece, her childhood played a crucial role in shaping her into the advocate and activist she has become for El Paso. Listening to the old radio in her grandmother’s kitchen, she realized at a very young age how important it is to learn and talk about what is happening in the world.
“People often say women need to be asked a certain number of times to run for office before they will go for it,” Abbie began. “I don’t buy into that. No woman needs to be asked to run for office. You do not need permission. Just run.”
Abbie Kamin is a civil rights attorney and neighborhood advocate running for Houston City Council in District C. She has spent her life helping others by observing firsthand the problems affecting her community and working at the ground level to implement solutions. Her inclination toward altruism began in childhood. Abbie’s mother founded a charity helping at-risk youth around the world, and her father was a politically-engaged businessman. Starting with her childhood dinner table, Abbie’s ideals and values began to take shape at a very young age. “They never asked, ‘Well, what did you learn at school today?’ Conversation was always about what happened in the world today with an eye toward how to make the world better for people”.