Eric Martinez '14

Born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in Dallas, Texas, Eric Martinez is a junior at Pomona College.

Waking up at 7AM is never fun, unless it is for Alternabreak of course! Today was our first day out in the community, we started out our morning in East Palo Alto working at Collective Roots. We learned about the politics and disparities between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, and then proceeded to help in the community gardens, preparing plots for planting and removing weeds surrounding the property. After a quick lunch at Pluto Fresh Foods we proceeded to meet with Pomona alumna Arielle Brown '11 at the Eastside Arts Alliance where she walked us through the intricate process of storytelling through many fun activities. Finally, we left Oakland for San Francisco and arrived at Laurel Estes's, Pomona College '15, for an amazing dinner. All in all we had a pretty successful first day and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week brings us! Stay tuned!