Public Artwork for the Future Pomona Gold Line Station Stephen Farley, Artist

Hall of Gratitude

Yesenia Miranda Meza

Submitted by Jocelyn Haro, Sheila Rodriguez, Ashley Garcia, Daniel Gomez, and Victor Rivera

Yesenia showed me the power of fighting for what you believe in

Yesenia has been in countless rallies to advocate for those that don’t have a voice. She inspires me everyday to always fight for what I believe in and to always lend a hand to those in need. She has done a lot of community work for the City of Pomona. She’s done park clean-ups and much more. If anyone deserves a place in the Pomona Gold Line “Hall of Gratitude,” it’s Yesenia. She continues to march and rally for good causes even though her limitations. She is my idol, my inspiration, my HERO! — Jocelyn Haro

Yesenia Miranda Meza has taught me about the power of bringing people together. She is a community leader and activist who loves Pomona. She is the head of Pomona United for Stable Housing. She is always looking for ways to improve her city and community and brings people together for that cause, whether it’s to protect tenants by marching for housing rights, or bringing a community garden to a local park. She has dedicated so much of her time and resources, and has devoted that time and resources for her city, with nothing expected in return. She is a champion for human rights, and she has shown me the power of community. –Sheila Rodriguez

Yesenia has inspired me in several positive ways. First and foremost, she has inspired me to stand by what I believe in. Even through the toughest days, she is able to remind me that I’m capable of accomplishing many goals. Additionally, she has inspired me to generate change in my life through the use of her dedication and determination of community service to the City of Pomona. She is a daily reminder of the simple goodness in people through the use of her kindness and willingness to always help her community and loved ones. –Ashley Garcia

Yesenia has given me the most inspiration compared to anyone else in our beautiful City of Pomona. She is a fellow first-generation college student as am I (we graduated from the same University, the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona), a hard-working parent, resilient activist and community organizer at the administrative and grassroots level (notably in @pushcoalition‘s important work in rent-control in Pomona), a dedicated Red Cross team member, and a disseminator and producer of knowledge related to her community and network. Through her longstanding commitment to each and every one of these community-changing roles, Yesenia has led the proven progress of the health, politics, democracy and education of all walks of life in our city. Without a doubt she has proven that being resilient in the roles you are needed in, or feel compelled to be in, can surely make a difference in anyone’s world – let alone a whole community’s. –Daniel Gomez

Yesenia is inspiring in so many ways. She’s inspiring in the way she’s persevered thru life, her resilience, her passion for advocating for those in need and those who need a voice. She inspires me to be more passionate for the unjust things I see and it truly warms up my heart and spirit. When I hear her speak, I hear and listen to words of a leader that inspires many more to fight for what’s right. –Victor Rivera

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