This episode is on immigration and the Latinx disability community. Alice talks with two activists from Chicago and Oakland: Michelle Garcia and Alicia Contreras. There’s little known or written about undocumented disabled people. Michelle and Alicia join Alice in a conversation about immigration, deportation, the current political climate, and what disabled Latinx immigrants are experiencing right now. This episode was recorded before the Sept. 5, 2017 announcement by the Trump administration to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program).
Please note there are some technical issues with the sound in this episode.
Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation (Oakland, CA)
Access Living (Chicago, IL)
Access Living. (August 29, 2017). Passage of Trust Act a victory for immigrants with disabilities.
Hurtado, Fernando. (September 1, 2017). For ‘Dreamers’ with disabilities, it’s more than a DACA work permit on the line. Circa.com
Alicia Contreras: Currently, Executive Director, East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation (SSCF) in Oakland California. Before 2015, Executive Director, Women Pushing Forward (Formerly Whirlwind Women); wheelchair rider; citizen of Mexico; in the US, while being a New Voices Fellow, got the Paul Hearne Award; in San Luis Potosí (SLP), negotiated first city funding for disabled people and founded first independent living center for women in Mexico; in 1995, Mexican Delegate to United Nations/NGO Forum in Beijing.
Michelle Garcia: She has been working for Access Living as the Latino Community Organizer since 2009 in which she took a personal interest, particularly that of educating and collaborating with the Latino community about disability rights and services. Thru her work she has had the opportunity to collaborate with other Latino groups and organizations that work within the Latino Community which has helped expand their knowledge about disability related issues. She is the coordinator of a Latino advocacy group called Cambiando Vidas, whose mission is to create social change within the Latino Community.
As a Community Organizer, she is responsible for increasing the number of Latino leaders with disabilities: as well as to raise awareness of disability issues such as: immigration, Transportation, Civil Rights, and Self-Esteem within the Latino community; thru organizing educational forums in different areas of the city with most Latino population, to educate Latios with disabilities about disability rights and services.
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Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp