RUL, a first hand look
Posted on August 21, 2012
Ten different organizations have signed up for the Rep Ur Letters campaign. We differ in letters, colors, principles, and mottos, but at the end of the day our founders’ purpose was still the same. Our organizations came about to empower our community. To show America that we are still considered a minority, but that it was our founders, who just like many of our parents and grandparents, believed in the power of the American dream.
I became a sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc back in Spring 2009. Since then, I’ve been to dozens of step and stroll competitions, endless amounts of semester events, and I’ve probably lost count of the amount of new member presentations I have seen. Throughout these three years I have witnessed two types of rivalries and competitions: the one that has always given Greeks a negative stigma, and the one that has the power to constantly remind us that we’ve joined something much bigger and more powerful than just ourselves.
I remember in April 2012 how Greeks from all walks of life gathered to raise money for Jonel Gonzalez an hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. You could not log on to Twitter or Facebook without seeing how united we had become as Greeks. Within a span of three days, as a community, we had raised over $125,000 for someone most of us had never even met. This endeavor showed how much can be accomplished when the power in our numbers is put to good use.
Voto Latinos’ newest campaign – Rep Ur Letters – aims to do the same. From now until October 7th, organizations have signed up to see which one can get the most people to register to vote for the upcoming Presidential Elections. It is not a rivalry based on egos or pride, but instead it has fueled healthy competition to see which organization will come out on top. Rep Ur Letters has already influenced an array of events for Fall 2012.
Members of both Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. worked together in the state of Arizona. Members went door-to-door and were able to reach over five hundred homes in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Similarly, The Sigma Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. has already started drafting an event for Fall 2012. Their goal is to register students at the DePaul University campus to vote, and educate them on the current issues that affect them with this upcoming election.
If there is one thing that has always amazed me about our organizations it is that we all come together when it matters most. We come together on Twitter via iBash to laugh at ourselves when everything around us seems so serious. We come together when tragedy strikes one of our fellow members as we saw with Jonel Gonzalez. And most importantly, we are now coming together when it matters most. We are coming together to vote, to exercise our American given rights. We are coming together to show the world that we joined our organizations because we believe wholeheartedly that we have the ability to empower our nation. Regardless of what letters rest on your chest, what colors make up your crest, or what hand sign you hold up, we are all Greeks, and that’s the one thing that we sometimes forget.
Audrey E. Lopez