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10 - Combatting Hate Crimes: The Immigrant Story
In this time of intense reckoning with our nation's history of racially motivated violence and discrimination against America's immigrants, one Oregon non-profit is working tirelessly to confront such intolerance by telling the stories of Oregon's immigrants. In this episode of the GlobalPDX Podcast we welcome Sankar Raman (Founder and Board President of The Immigrant Story) who expresses his motivation for sharing the voices of immigrant people, connecting a community through storytelling, and how the beautifully crafted narratives can be at once art and activism.
April is genocide awareness month, creating a particularly poignant moment for appreciating our neighbors who are brave enough to share their stories that are at once precious, private, and painful.
9 -Shouldn't Clean Water be Bipartisan? with Earl Blumenauer
An Inside Look at Advancing Global WASH Initiatives from the Federal Level
Earl Blumenauer visits the show and chats with Andrea in this timely and hopeful episode. Congressmen Blumenauer shares his thoughts on the bipartisan nature of Water and Sanitation work, the intersectionality of climate change and COVID, and the hopeful future of current legislation.
Recorded on the Monday following President Biden signing the covid-19 relief bill, Representative Blumenauer takes time to highlight his optimism around strong communities, engaged young people, and politics that actually make a positive change in people's lives. Overall, he recognizes the brightness on our path ahead and encourages us all to focus on this signal of hope.
8 - Wicked Challenges Need Collaborative Responses with Jackie Dingfelder
From a concerned citizen, to environmental planner, to elected official, Jackie Dingfelder walks us through her multi-faceted perspective on Oregon's natural resources. As a former Oregon Legislator Jackie shares her “pracidemic” stance on natural resource use and abuse, and how precious commodities like water came to be so under valued. Jackie also touches on her belief that while Oregon’s leadership is not as enshrined as it used to be (with regards to climate change), and how Oregonians could reclaim our status as environmental leaders. Jackie also shares her sources of hope for Oregon: from the energy of young people, to local efforts, to collaboration amongst leaders. With these pieces in place, can we tackle the wicked problems of our time?
7 - Disability Inclusion: A Global Win-Win in Challenging Times with Susan Sygall of MIUSA
Recorded on a momentous Inauguration Day (2021), Andrea speaks with Susan Sygall (of Mobility International USA) on the future of the disability-inclusion movement. Susan shares clear guidelines that even small organizations can utilize to boost their inclusiveness, speaks about the history of disabilities on both a national and global stage, and puts this particular movement in context with other equity/inclusion movements of 2020-2021.
MIUSA is changing how people with and without disabilities think about disability in countries around the world. They are building future advocates, including the need of women to be elevated within in the international disability rights movement.
A full transcript of this episode can be found here.
6 - Racial Re-Engagement: The Battle Against Complicity in our 'Progressive' City
Very special guest Cameron Whitten (of Brown Hope and the Black Resilience Fund) speaks about Oregon's inability to shake its racist roots, white culture that is largely detached from Black experiences, and the best future for every NGO.
5 - The Predatory Promise: Deporting Veterans with Jennifer Martinez
We are joined by Jennifer Martinez of Repatriate our Patriots to expose the rampant injustice of deporting US Veterans. Jennifer is a Public Affairs & Policy Doctoral Candidate at Portland State University and is a sister of a deported Veteran...