Jennifer (she/her) identifies as a cisgender white woman and a mother. She discusses finding the beauty in life, as she raises her young son in a small Oregon town. Jennifer talks about the ongoing situation in Portland; how the protests are being used by political forces to influence the election; facing Pro-Lifers outside of Planned Parenthood during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings; and seeing today’s political situation through her lens as a former-military kid. Be advised the content of this episode may not be suitable for children or sensitive listeners.
Rodrigo (he/him) identifies as a DACAmented Mestizo (person of mixed race). He shares about being a DACA recipient, dealing with constant uncertainty, and his vision for immigrant communities. Rodrigo discusses the impact of being an undocumented person in the US, having COVID-19 without insurance, and what this all means in light of the upcoming election.
Elsa (she/her) identifies as a Mexican immigrant, a mother, and a child advocate. She describes speaking honestly with her kids about the pandemic, the nearby fires, and dealing with social injustice. Elsa shares her immigrant story of coming to the US from Mexico, and how her experiences have led her to help others.
Mark (he/him) who identifies as a gay male, talks about the vital importance of voting and all that is at stake in the 2020 election. Coming to the US as a child from the Philippines, Mark describes his family’s pursuit of the American dream, what it means to him to have the right to vote, and the necessity of protecting that right for everyone.
Hainer (he/him), who identifies as a Latinx man, talks about the importance of stability; what it means not to have it, the fear of losing it, and seeking ways for everyone to cultivate it. Hainer shares his search for stability as the child of immigrants, and explores the questions of how we can strengthen community and build stronger ties to others.
Trini (she/her), who identifies as a Latina woman, talks about the importance of allowing herself to have all the different feelings coming up at this point in time. This includes working from home with two small children during the pandemic, missing family overseas, and dealing with hate speech and ongoing social change. As an immigrant and American citizen Trini also shares about seeing the US as it really is, rather than her romanticized notion, and opening her eyes to the truth behind the dream.
Fred, who identifies as 'himself' and an African American, talks about the urgent need for resilient people to be at the table and supporting them to lead. Fred also discusses what it means to honor one’s family during the pandemic, and navigating a world without privilege.
Jollanna, who identifies as a mother, a woman of color, a creative, and an educator (she/her) talked about the importance of having freedom and independence; and redefining what that looks like in her life as a special education teacher and a single mother.