"Robert Feria has been a tireless public servant since the day I first met him. I admire his fortitude in the face of what I may have once considered challenging times. But that's just the thing: being with Robert has lead me to change my definition of what a challenge is. While he may face obstacles when trying to grow a community - helping people has never been a challenge to him, but instead, a way of life. This outlook has in turn challenged me to lead a more thoughtful life -- one that is mindful of others and that places my community above everything else. Robert listens deeply and is always thinking of others and how he can help people with their problems. That's why I know he will be an excellent City Council Representative for District One. I know if you ask those that have worked with him you will see that too. He is the one candidate who really cares about other people and he's made it his life's work to help them.
When we moved to San Antonio, we knew we had found our home. Days after finding a place to live, Robert was already out meeting people and building a community of people to advocate for working people. He met Rick Trevino and together they formed SA for Sanders. While this work was politically driven, it afforded Robert the opportunity to start gathering a community of progressive individuals who would later come together as the San Antonio Progressive Alliance. Robert is a leader, but what sets him apart is that he teaches others to be leaders as well. When he sets his mind to something, there is nothing he won't accomplish for you and for this city that we both love."
Hello, my name is Robert Feria and I am a regular working guy. I was born in San Pedro (not the Park but Southern California) – a working class latino community of fishermen and dockworkers. My grandparents emigrated to San Pedro from Mexico and Cuba, and my parents grew up there, met, and got married. Both of my parent's families were working class, and my parents both worked in order to provide for me and my siblings.
I moved to the South for much of my public school years and learned how different things are here. Our family experienced hardships that are so familiar to the working people of San Antonio. Job loss, medical issues, and tragic loss - financial strains that put people in debt servitude the rest of their life. I started working at thirteen and continued on all while attending school and college at the same time. I knew as a young child that I had to do my fair share to help my family survive. Despite all of this, my parents always pushed me and my surviving younger sister to press on and move forward -- to never give up despite the odds. When my father passed away when I was in college, times were tough. But our family took care of one another. They gave me a sense of self-worth and taught me that being a good person and helping others was paramount.
I studied many subjects from philosophy to neuroscience but thought the academic "Ivory Tower" life was not for me. My proudest accomplishments come not from diplomas, degrees, or accolades – they come from working with others to make a difference in their community, in their job, and in their life.
I began fighting for justice while in college in order to stop wars that unnecessarily cost lives of our soldiers and veterans. I became a student and community organizer addressing inequality in communities and helping residents find their voice. Since then I have worked as a labor organizer to help our public service employees get the respect they deserve for the hard work they do. I have worked with teachers and school employees of Northside ISD for the past two years and I believe strongly that education is the key to success not just for individual children, but for the future of our country.
Most people will tell you they have hobbies that are their passions. Well, my passion is working with people to address the inequities in their own jobs, communities, and lives.
I never thought I would run for public office, but through my work in communities with working families here in San Antonio and with the encouragement from friends and family, I decided to run and help the regular people of this city find their voice. I am not Ivy League and I am not Ivy Lane – I believe those elite factions are already well represented on our council and nothing will change if they continue to hold power. I am blue-collar. I am a hard-working person. I care. And most importantly, this isn't about me – I am dedicated to helping the working families of District 1 run the district. I will fight for you as well as alongside you. This is your city. And for too long the elites have made all the decisions and given us no input. I pledge as your candidate, the peoples' candidate, to return power to the people of this city.