Category: Society & Culture

Latinx On The Rise is a podcast focusing on conversations with high achieving Latinx movers and shakers. Under the current political climate, the Latinx community continue to be relegated by being told what and who they are with little space to share perspective of our own stories. From queer identity to Afro-Latinidad we are constantly reminded there is little room for our stories to reach the masses. Latinx On The Rise has changed that landscape with representation of all kinds of Latinx- Americans across the country who are excited to share their achievements and hope to inspire listeners.

October 23, 2020

Surviving Covid: A Husband & Wife Tale

Connie Saldaña is a community worker at Mujeres Latinas En Acción in Chicago. Like many of us she was sent to work from home at the beginning of the pandemic with the idea it would only be a few weeks. Her husband, a laborer, was still going into work. He contracted Covid early in the pandemic and almost died.  

 

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She also contracted covid while taking care of her husband but continued working her 40 hours a week for fear of losing income. She was a care taker to her husband, battling Covid and making herself available to the community at the same time. Studies show that mothers are 3 times more likely to lose their job during coronavirus. 

 

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October 8, 2020

Pt 2. Medical Conditions & Covid in US Detention Centers | October 2020 [Interview Clip]

Detention Centers in the US have become money making machines but at what cost. If we’re honest with ourselves, people’s lives are the cost. In this episode I speak to Maru Mora Villalpando a member of La Resistencia in Seattle, WA. La Resistencia along with multiple non-profits across the country have been bringing migrant issues during this pandemic to the forefront. The moment Coronavirus arrived in the US it was only a matter of time before it hit prisons and detention centers. This is something that most of us active in the migrant community feared beyond our own health and well being. Maru and I speak about improper Covid testing, unauthorized procedures done and harmful chemicals used in detention facilities. The chemicals being used are Santi-10 and GS Neutral, oddly they’re not neutral at all. They’re aggressive and harmful chemicals being used my detainees to clean the common areas. 

 

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Recently, Dawn Wooten a nurse at a Georgia Detention Center, came out as a whistleblower stating that women had had forced hysterectomies. This is not the first time the US has sterilized women of color. When I followed up with Maru about the hysterectomies she had this to say: 

 

“After years of fighting to end all detentions and deportations, learning from people in detention of every atrocity done by ICE against people detained, we can’t imagine ICE getting any lower than they already have. Yet, every day we learn of a new horror being done against our people detained. Every time we learn of a new atrocity, it reminds us of why we must fight to also abolish this agency: it is by design that this agency of terror continues committing all sorts of brutality and violence against the same people they claim to care for their well being while in their custody. We cannot and should not trust ICE with people’s lives. People in ICE custody are in constant danger, and we must work tirelessly to free them all now, while ensuring the eradication of Immigration Custom Enforcement from this country.”

 

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September 24, 2020

Medical Conditions & Covid in US Detention Centers | September 2020 [Interview Clip] PT. 1

Detention Centers in the US have become money making machines but at what cost. If we’re honest with ourselves, people’s lives are the cost. In this episode I speak to Maru Mora Villalpando a member of La Resistencia in Seattle, WA. La Resistencia along with multiple non-profits across the country have been bringing migrant issues during this pandemic to the forefront. The moment Coronavirus arrived in the US it was only a matter of time before it hit prisons and detention centers. This is something that most of us active in the migrant community feared beyond our own health and well being. Maru and I speak about improper Covid testing, unauthorized procedures done and harmful chemicals used in detention facilities. 

 

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Full interview:

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Recently, Dawn Wooten a nurse at a Georgia Detention Center, came out as a whistleblower stating that women had had forced hysterectomies. This is not the first time the US has sterilized women of color. When I followed up with Maru about the hysterectomies she had this to say: 

 

“After years of fighting to end all detentions and deportations, learning from people in detention of every atrocity done by ICE against people detained, we can’t imagine ICE getting any lower than they already have. Yet, every day we learn of a new horror being done against our people detained. Every time we learn of a new atrocity, it reminds us of why we must fight to also abolish this agency: it is by design that this agency of terror continues committing all sorts of brutality and violence against the same people they claim to care for their well being while in their custody. We cannot and should not trust ICE with people’s lives. People in ICE custody are in constant danger, and we must work tirelessly to free them all now, while ensuring the eradication of Immigration Custom Enforcement from this country.”

 

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September 11, 2020

Latinx University and College Students Virtual Learning During a Pandemic | September 2020

Latinx University and college students are trying to balance virtual learning through a global pandemic. It is hard enough to be, in many cases, a first generation college student let alone the added factor of a pandemic. How have you been affected by the pandemic?

 

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We've heard it over and over again, people of color are disproportionately affected by covid. But what does that really look like day to day? In this series I cover what it is like to be Latinx during a pandemic. University and college students have had their education interrupted by something that is totally out of their hands. However, for first generation students and students who help supplement their family income, 2020 has derailed them completely. Studies show that 30 percent of BIPOC students have valued college education more but 25 percent of specifically Latinx/Latino students will need to drop courses in order to supplement family income. This means delayed graduation or higher drop out rates. 

 

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June 11, 2020

The Disruptors Fellowship: The Fellows

Today I spoke with Armando Ibañez (he/him),Kryzz Gautier (she/her) and Tamara Yajia (she/her) from The Disruptors Fellowship. Representation is fundamental but many fellowships fall short of inclusion. The Disruptors Fellowship is a partnership with 5050by2020 and The Center for Cultural Power, it is a program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.

The disruptors are Armando Ibañez who is an undocumented queer filmmaker from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Kryzz Gautier is a queer, Afro-Latina writer/director born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Tamara Yajia is an Argentine writer and comedian who immigrated to the U.S with her parents as a kid. 

They get mentored beginning to end of script writing and pitching. With mentors and panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).

 

 

 

 

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May 28, 2020

The Disruptors Fellowship Follow-Up

Today I follow up with Julio Salgado and Kat Evasco from The Disruptors Fellowship. Representation is fundamental but many fellowships fall short of inclusion. Today I speak to Julio Salgado, Migrant Storytelling in Pop Culture Media and Kat Evasco the Senior Programming Director at the Center for Cultural Power, formerly CultureStrike. They in partnership with 5050by2020 launched The Disruptors Fellowship – a program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.

 

They get mentored beginning to end of script writing and pitching. With mentors and panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).

 

 

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April 30, 2020

The Meaning of Words With Vida’s Lindsey Villarreal

I chat with Lindsey Villarreal, a writer on Vida. We talk about what it's like to write for a top show with a huge Latinx presence. We talk about imposter syndrome in the writing world and how to manage it. 

 

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April 20, 2020

The Disruptors Fellowship

Representation is fundamental but many fellowships fall short of inclusion. Today I speak to Julio Salgado, Migrant Storytelling in Pop Culture Media and Kat Evasco the Senior Programming Director at the Center for Cultural Power, formerly CultureStrike. They in partnership with 5050by2020 launched The Disruptors Fellowship – a program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.

 

They get mentored beginning to end of script writing and pitching. With mentors and panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).

April 16, 2020

Bored at home. Creating schedules and raising a dog.

Hi there! It's been a minute. What can I tell you, the world flipped upside down. Ray Arroyo, a community worker in Chicago and a very good friend. We talk about the odd feeling of having your home space turn into your office. The mental barrier that does not come with that. It's safe to say most of us are BORED! We talk about methods on breaking up the day and methods to train your dog. What? Yeah, I know the conversation took a weird turn. 

February 19, 2020

American Dirt- a conversation with Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez joins us again to talk about American Dirt, she gives insight on the publishing world. We discuss just how much money is funding the contrived controversy of American Dirt. 

We also delve into Oprah's culpability in reducing the immigrant experience to stereotypes. Let's be honest, Oprah does not care. It's been a month since the book has officially hit the shelves and she is still promoting the hell out of the book. 

Oprah and Cummins are financially benefitting from the outrage that came from this book at every turn. 

Valdes-Rodriguez talks about her blog post where she reflected on her first hand experience with Cisnero's and Maria Hinojosa which may surprise you. When we talk about supporting each other are we talking about supporting all Latinx or just those who agree with us? 

 

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