“My future intentions are not just for me”: Life outside of work

I want to go back to school and do something different. I'm an activist, a human rights activist. I want to go to law school. That's what I'm intending to do.

In my home country, my home village was burned by the government because one of the commanders rebelled against the government in our city. I have an uncle, he was burned inside his house. People got killed. The whole area got burned down. People were scared. What were we to do? So we created a human rights organization. And they elected me a leader. We sent a letter to the international criminal court and the leaders of the world saying: There is a human rights emergency in South Sudan. They killed young people, babies, old people were burned inside their houses. Seeing that, I became active in human rights.

Whatever happens, we condemn it. In 2013, genocide took place in South Sudan. People were killed, door-to-door in our capital city. 400 people were rounded up, put in a house, and shot. People were put in a car for days with no air, and they died inside. Or people were shot. And then a civil war began in South Sudan. We continued our activism. We raise awareness. We're telling American people to help stop the war. But when you deal with legal stuff like that, you need to be a lawyer so you can do that work. My plan for college is studying business. But my intention is when I get my bachelor's degree, I will go to law school.

When I came to Seattle, it was for my daughter. I didn't pursue education because I didn’t have any money, or anywhere to live. It was difficult for me. It's my intention to go back to school. I love the law, I love business school. Those things give you a sense of security. And you can afford helping other people. Whatever we do, we don't do for ourselves, we do for our people. Do something for other people. My future intentions are not just for me. It's to help my people, help people around me.

—Peter, Seattle Uber driver