Jersey Vargas’s Speech
On March 26, 2014, the Vatican Insider published the story of Jersey Vargas. The little Mexican girl traveled from Los Angeles California to the Vatican in Rome to attend Pope Francis’ General Audience. At the end of the Audience, she hopped over one of the barriers and rushed to the front row, and met the Pope. Her purpose, was to speak out on behalf of her father Mario Vargas, currently being held in prison in the state of Tennesse for over a year awaiting deportation. Jersey asked the pope for help. This resulted in a wave of press attention across the world — and yes, help for her father! Currently Jersey’s sister, Ledyi Vargas is in my COMM 101, public speaking class at Los Angeles Valley College. The proud big sister, Leydi, brought Jersey to class with her and did a speech about her. I then asked Jersey if she wanted to give a speech. She jumped at the opportunity. And in doing so, inspired the entire class with the power of her words.