NEW YORK (CNN) -- When I was in the Bronx yesterday reporting on this story, a middle-aged woman was giving out leaflets in the bitter cold -- 10 degrees in the heart of the Bronx.
When I went up to ask her about her story, I didn't expect to hear this – I thought she would tell me she was a longtime activist -- she said to me, "I've never done this before in my life. I have never been involved in a protest movement."
She said, "I have never given out leaflets, but my son is in the Marines, and he went into the Marines because he needed money to pay for his education, and now he's going to have to die for it?"
Her story continued.
"I raised my son to appreciate life," she said. "It's not that I'm afraid of him dying. I don't want him killing innocent people because that's not the way I raised him."
And that just stopped me in my tracks: The sense of people who might have sons in the Marines, who might be extremely patriotic, but have a tremendous fear of what might happen if their own children are involved in a situation where there might be lots of deaths.
There's alot more at the link... Serious KUDOS to Maria Hinojosa!!!!!