After more than two decades, Minnesota passed a law in 2023 allowing anyone in the state to get a driver’s license no matter their immigration status. A big win for the more than 80,000 undocumented immigrants in the state to finally be able to obtain a legal license to drive. Emilia Avalos Gonzalez, Unidos MN
The crew discusses what grief looks like for themselves. Having all lost loved ones fairly recently, and not having an outlet to discuss it (as it is often seen as an inappropriate topic for social conversations), the crew talk about death, memories, shared grief, and joy.
Where do we come from and why is that important? The crew talks about the want and need to, but also the barriers to, finding their roots. Once discovered (what we can), how can we preserve the story of our roots for future generations – not just so they know their history, but so they can embrace it?
May is Foster Awareness month. Hoang Murphy joins the crew to talk about his personal experience in the foster system and how his organization, Foster Advocates, is giving the power to the young people living this often-invisible reality. Guest: Hoang Murphy, Foster Advocates
The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is posing two questions to their enrolled members this year regarding blood quantum, or BQ as it is often seen as a derogatory term. BQ was established by the colonizers and continues today. The questions will inform the tribe leadership about whether BQ should be removed as a requirement to be a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and allow the tribe to determine its own membership requirement. But it’s not that simple. Our guests join us to unravel just the top few layers of this complex issue. Guest: Wayne Ducheneaux, Native Governance Center [https://nativegov.org/] Sally Fineday, MN Chippewa Tribe member
A question about the lack of Black players on Argentina’s national futbol team between colleagues, sparks a conversation about blaqueamiento. Blaqueamiento is a racial whitening practice that occurred in some previously-colonized countries in the Americans and Caribbean. This practice of idealizing and preferring European features, continues to this day throughout the world.
In this special episode, we bring you the conversation our producer, Hlee Lee, moderated at a recent event celebrating the 20th anniversary of ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit providing journalism training to youth of color. The five panelists are all graduates of the program, have taken what they learned and applied it to their careers in various fields. Guests: Evan Odegard Pereira, Amolak Sing, Victoria Turcios Laparra, Feven Gerezgiher, Aaliyah Demry
There has been a lot of news about labor recently with the Unionizing of Amazon workers in New York and recent teachers’ strikes in Minnesota. In this episode, the crew talks with Alanna Galloway and Daniel Perez about their work in the labor movement and how people of color have an important, albeit complicated history with labor unions.