Each week, we’ll hear a new This I Believe essay - this time from Michael Seifert. He works for the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, a collaboration of ten community organizations focused on effecting policy change to better the lives of local citizens. When he wrote his essay in 2005, he was priest at San Felipe de Jesus, a Roman Catholic Church he helped found in Cameron Park, Texas. When citizens in the run down border town couldn’t get respect from local elected officials, they didn’t get angry. They got organized. Seifert and his neighbors discovered that voting was the best tool they had to improve to their community. Seifert now lives in Brownsville, Texas, exactly one mile north of the Mexican border.