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40 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
S3 EP6: Essential Workers
Today's episode is in collaboration with our partners at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. You can find out more about our guests, Lois Martin and Shawn Thurman, in their online exhibit Facing Forward - Essential Workers, Essential Stories. Lois is the director of the Community Day Center for Children in the Central District and Shaw is a registered nurse at the Seattle Indian Health Board working out of the Chief Sealth Club in Pioneer Square. In this episode, our guests tell their stories and have a great discussion about essential workers, the pandemic, and belonging. Listen as Lois talks about how she went from a career at IBM to taking over her mother's early education center and as Shawn talks about growing up in the Sac & Fox nation in Oklahoma and how he and his wife sought out careers in the healthcare field. If you have little ones that need a vaccination, please check out the Community Day Center for Children's vaccination program. The next date will be on October 13th for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. Thanks again to Bobby Choy (aka Big Phony) for letting us use his music for our intros and outros!
48 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
S3 EP5: AANHPI Heritage
In today’s episode, we honor the stories, achievements, and influences of the AANHPI (Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian, Pacific-Islander) by speaking with two local leaders. We are delighted to have Julie Pham, Phd – CEO of CuriosityBased and Maya Mendoza-Exstrom – COO of Seattle Sounders FC on the podcast. The stories shared wove a tapestry of traumatic experiences like fleeing from Vietnam and entering the United States as refugees, the loss of family members, and feeling excluded. However, there are also stories of joy and pride like demonstrating successful leadership in organizations where AANHPI women are not well-represented, researching and rediscovering the cultural roots that connect us back to the countries we are from, and feeling pride in our cultural heritage. As per our custom, we would like to highlight the projects and successes of each of our guests. Julie Pham, PhD just self-published an Amazon best-selling book called 7 Forms of Respect. You can purchase it for kindle or as a paperback. Dig into Julie’s research and advice on how to transform your relationships at work! Maya Mendoza-Exstrom is one of the co-founders of the Our Stories are Your Stories campaign that we highlighted a year ago. They have added new stories this year from amazing locals like Laura Clise of Intentionalist, Uyen Nguyen of Viets for Afghans and Moni Tep who is both a talented musician and the Director of Education for Creative Justice. Thanks again to Bobby Choy (aka Big Phony) for letting us use his music for our intros and outros!
31 minutes | May 3, 2022
S3 EP4: Creating An Accessible World
Today's episode is in collaboration with our partners at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. You can check out their article about our guest, Elizabeth Ralston on their website. Elizabeth is an Independent Accessibility Consultant and the founder of the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium. In this episode, Frank and Elizabeth discuss their own lived experience with hearing disabilities, coping with internal ableism, and how the lack of accessibility is an obstacle to building belonging. Listen as Elizabeth tells listeners about how she became involved in this work, how to think about building accessible spaces, and how to foster belonging for all. If you're interested in Elizabeth's work as an independent consultant you can reach her at her website at http://www.elizabethralston.com/. Lastly, we are still accepting registrations up till May 9th for the 2022 Belonging Gathering. Please click here to register and to see more detailed information and agenda. Thanks again to Bobby Choy (aka Big Phony) for letting us use his music for our intros and outros!
26 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
S3 EP3: Storytellers of Change
Today our guest is returning to the podcast for his second visit. Luis Ortega, Director, and Founder of Storytellers for Change. Luis and Frank talk about the upcoming 2022 Belonging Gathering which will be held on May 12th and 13th at AXIS Pioneer Square. In this episode, we talk about the practices that build belonging: Conversations & Storytelling Advocacy Building Community Personal Growth Please listen to get a better idea what we will cover in mid-May and hear more about the work Luis and his colleagues are doing. You can hear more from Luis on this episode of the Adelante Leadership podcast (hosted by Peter Bloch Garcia and Tania Alheli Hino Gonzalez). If the craft of storytelling is something you are interested in diving into, please consider joining a cohort of changemakers and social impact storytellers here! Lastly, please consider joining us in May. We are accepting registrations up till May 9th so please click here to register for the 2022 Belonging Gathering. Thanks again to Bobby Choy (aka Big Phony) for letting us use him music for our intro and outro music!
64 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
S3 EP2: What Does ‘Home’ Mean?
As Civic Commons prepares to launch a major initiative related to Black homeownership, We Belong Here host Frank Nam sat down with three individuals who are already working toward racial and economic equity here in Seattle. The topic: What does home mean to you? And why is homeownership such an important part of financial stability and intergenerational well-being? Our guests this episode: - Andrea Caupain-Sanderson, CEO of Byrd Barr Place - Michelle Merriweather, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle - Darryl Smith, executive director of HomeSight Along with discussing their work, Andrea, Michelle and Darryl also shared their families’ history with homeownership and their personal journey toward owning a home in the Seattle area. “Home to me means stability. It means predictability,” said Andrea, who became a homeowner at age 40. “It offers psychological safety and financial security, but also hope and possibility for others who are looking to dream.” The conversation also addressed the work ahead and why this project will initially focus on Black homebuyers. “If we can figure this out for the African American and the Black community, there are side benefits for all of us,” Darryl said. “If you can help those who are having the largest racial wealth gap, you start to close the gap for a lot of other folks as well.” Thank you again to the Big Phony, a Korean-American singer/songwriter living in Seoul, South Korea for allowing us to his music in our intro and outro, all royalty-free!
33 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
S3 EP1: Lifting Up Health Equity
Today that guest is Paula Houston (she/her), chief equity officer for UW Medicine in the Office of Healthcare Equity. Paula talks with episode host Frank Nam about how her own experience navigating the health care system as a Black woman and three-time breast cancer survivor motivated her to devote her career to health care equity. A world-champion in powerlifting, Paula also discusses personal and professional moments of belonging and why community engagement is essential to the mission of UW Medicine. “We’re dismantling oppressive systems, and it’s going to make it better for everybody,” Paula says. “(At UW Medicine) now we don’t just talk about health equity, but we talk about health justice.” During the pandemic, Paula and her team have worked to improve access to testing and vaccines in Seattle’s south-end communities and communities of color. A big part of that effort: truly listening to what people have to say. “People have their own agency within communities, and we’re there to work with them. They need to lead by telling us what they need, but we really need to listen in a way that we haven’t been listening before,” she says. Learn more about Paula in a virtual exhibit from the Gates Foundation Discovery Center called Enduring COVID-19: Stories from our Transforming World. And don’t miss the opportunity to engage with her and other speakers during the first installation of Facing Forward, a new Discovery Center program series. The event is on Feb. 17, 2022. Thank you again to the Big Phony, a Korean-American singer/songwriter living in Seoul, South Korea for allowing us to his music in our intro and outro, all royalty-free!
52 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
S2 EP6: How to Help Afghan Refugees
This episode of We Belong Here is guest-hosted by Caitlin Moran, content and communications manager for Civic Commons. Our topic is the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, and the community leaders who are stepping up to help welcome refugees and advocate for those who have been left behind. A very special thank you to our guests: Aneelah Afzali: Aneelah is an Afghan-American attorney who left her legal career to pursue service. As the Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS-AMEN), she is a well-known community activist, interfaith leader, and justice advocate, who is currently helping coordinate efforts to respond to the incoming Afghan refugees. Will Berkovitz: Rabbi Will Berkovitz is the CEO of Jewish Family Service, a Seattle-based social services agency founded in 1892 that helps vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound Region achieve well-being, health and stability. JFS has a responsibility to meet the particular needs of our Jewish communities as well as serving people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Thanh Tan: Thanh Tan is an independent journalist and filmmaker and a co-founder of Viets 4 Afghans. She created and hosted "Second Wave," a KUOW and PRX-supported podcast that explores Vietnamese American experiences after the Vietnam War. Our conversation touched on everything from how to be an effective ally to Afghan refugees, to helping new arrivals find belonging and community, to advocating for the people who remain in Afghanistan. Here are links to some of the organizations and resources mentioned by our guests: MAPS Muslim Community Resource Center Joint campaign for Emergency Funds to support Afghan refugees Viets4Afghans tinyurl.com/WAHelpAfghans: A central intake form for Washingtonians to sign up for volunteer efforts, housing and donating goods. Organizers follow up every couple weeks via email with ways to help, and also reach out to people directly based on their interests. tinyurl.com/AfgAdvocacy: A Google doc with petitions to sign, virtual events to attend, and other ways to take action Gift card donations (Costco, WinCo, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Amazon, Target) may be sent in any denomination to Kits For Peace: 15600 NE 8th Street, Suite B1 PMB 453, Bellevue, WA 98008. Thank you again to the Big Phony, a Korean-American singer/songwriter living in Seoul, South Korea for allowing us to his music in our intro and outro, all royalty-free!
49 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
S2 EP5: The Gates Discovery Center's 'Enduring COVID-19' Series
** We apologize that this episode was released later than we hope. A few of our guests mentioned projects that already occurred during the recording of this podcast. We have included links to these events below and we hope that you will look at their websites and their YouTube videos. ** In this podcast we are excited to launch our first episode of our series with The Gates Discovery Center's Enduring COVID-19 events. Each event will highlight the people who are working with our community as we restore ourselves during this pandemic! Today's podcast brings together people who are creating community through food, fashion, and radio. We are grateful to be joined by Roxana Pardo Garcia of LaRoxay Productions, Ming Ming Tung-Edelman of Refugee Artisan Initiative, and Tony Benton of Rainier Avenue Radio. Our guests share stories around the importance of mentors, the power of family and talismans, the changing media landscape, and how we can endure this pandemic together. 0:46 - Roxana Pardo Garcia self-introduction 1:02 - Ming Ming Tung-Edeleman self-introduction 1:17 - Tony Benton self-introduction 2:11 - Roxana's Origin Story - Life growing up in Burien, WA. The power of a strong mentor while in high school. Activism and organizing while at University of Washington. How to usher the collective into a new way of being during the pandemic. Quit her government job in order to serve community full-time with a private business. 7:28 - Ming Ming's Origin Story - First generation Chinese-American who immigrated to join father in the US along with siblings and mother. Brought a chiffon dress that her grandmother made for her when she immigrated. Power of grandparents on children's lives. Grew up in California. After 25 years as a pharmacist, switched to fashion and combined that with a circular economy model with refugee women. Pivoted to PPE during the pandemic. 15:12 - Tony's Origin Story - Being a Black man has shaped him. Being a father to a daughter has shaped him. Long history being engaged in media. 20 years in a major market and saw how the Telecommunications Act of 1996 changed everything. Communities overlooked by the corporatization of massive media companies. Switched gears to Low Power FM Radio Stations and Internet Radio. With the pandemic, people were pushed online more and more. 23:04 - Roxana talks about the projects she's working on through her site LaRoxay Productions. Started two businesses during the pandemic. Launched a fundraiser to raise $1,000,000 for their food bank. Shift from a culture of charity to a culture of justice. Also runs a company that curates events for companies. Lastly, has an apparel/life-style brand that blends the Northwest and Chicana cultures. 30:21 - Ming Ming talks about the Refugee Arts Initiative. They hired six more women during the pandemic. Twelve full-time staff now! Trying to hire even more women to work to make PPE. Also taking the circular economy model towards zero-waste for pet accessories. They upcycle people's clothes to make clothing accessories for pets. Is a finalist for the Northwest Circular Design Contest! Lastly, love for her community of Lake City but are using a donated space that will be torn down in a year or two. Looking to buy a location through a capital campaign to be their permanent home. 39:45 - Tony talks about his projects. Rainier Avenue Radio ran some amazing events such as Asian Voices Initiative around anti-Asian hate crimes. They also broadcasted live from the Juneteenth Festival in mid June and even did a full-day program called Make Music Day in late June. You can listen and view all of these events in the previous links. Thank you again to the Big Phony, a Korean-American singer/songwriter living in Seoul, South Korea for allowing us to his music in our intro and outro, all royalty-free!
48 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
S2 EP4: Small Business Recovery in Seattle
In this episode we are excited to partner with our friends at The Evergrey to highlight the stories of three small business owners in Seattle. We had some technical difficulties in the production of this podcast so you will notice that one of our guests does not introduce herself in the beginning. This was due to the fact that we had to re-record some of her answers. This episode allows our guests to talk about the importance of recovery and how it impacts small business owners in the region. We are grateful to be joined by Hallie Kuperman, owner of the restaurant Tin Table and the dance hall Century Ballroom ; Laura Clise, owner of small business focused Intentionalist; and Ren Caldwell, owner of community space for movement and connection Strive & Uplift. Our guests talk about some of their favorite businesses that gave them a sense of belonging and what they need from the government and community as we look towards recovery. Listen to our guests as they offer their perspectives as small business owners. It's a delight to be able to share connections and stories with the people who make our region truly unique. 00:55 - Guests introduce themselves (missing Hallie's response due to technical glitches) 1:15 - Laura Clise's short introduction 1:59 - Ren Caldwell's short introduction 3:10 - Frank introduces the question to start - Talk about a business or store growing up where you felt like you really belonged 3:55 - Laura talks about Perché No - a family-run Italian restaurant that closed in December of 2019. 7:57 - Hallie talks about how she can't think of a specific business but talks about growing up in the world of theater starting in high school 9:40 - Ren talks about a martial art studio that taught the Vietnamese style Cuong Nhu and the master of the style's impact on her development 14:00 - Frank asks his guests about the re-opening of Washington state on June 30 and what that can mean for small businesses 15:12 - Ren talks about her mixed feelings around the re-opening of spaces and places. She talks about how Strive & Uplift had a physical gym space but had to give it up during the pandemic. 16:26 - Found an opportunity to connect virtually that allowed more accessibility to the gym's classes 19:02 - It's going to take awhile and it's going to be weird and there will be step backs but thrilled at the community that was founded this past year 20:36 - Frank asks Ren to tell us about any project that she would like to pitch or amplify 21:05 - Ren noticed that all the gyms that used to offer online classes are shutting them down to move into a physical space. Strive & Uplift is not going to shut down their online classes. Asks that other gyms reconsider shutting down their virtual classes completely. 22:20 - Talks about the different classes they have - yoga, Pilates, and kettle bells to name a few. https://www.striveanduplift.com/ and @striveanduplift on IG 24:49 - Hallie talks about a cabaret show that's coming on at Century Ballroom/Tin Table every Thursday night that includes dinner. They are extending this up through July! 27:45 - Hallie thinks that things will return to normal faster than people think for partner dancing outside 29:00 - Confusing information from CDC about masks off for vaccinated people and then what the WA Health Department says keep your masks on even if vaccinated. Hard as a business to figure out what to uphold and what to ask for. 33:42 - Laura talks about how Strive & Uplift and Century Ballroom are the kind of businesses other people in Seattle would point to as examples of places that give you a sense of belonging 34:43 - Started Intentionalist because many small businesses wondered if they still belonged in our region 36:00 - Laura opines about reopening and recovery. Recovery isn't a date or a moment, it's a process 38:20 - We need empathy as we being to re-engage with our small businesses - we need to see them for more than just the products and services they offer 40:00 - Saw so may examples of people reconnecting with their vibrant and diverse community. Where we spend our money matters. 41:35 - For years, Intentionalist's community has asked what they can do to support the work. They announced the Intentionalist Membership community. Coalesce the community into something powerful for good 43:30 - Laura talks about how to support businesses as we celebrated AAPI Heritage month and now as we celebrate Pride month! Thank you again to the Big Phony, a Korean-American singer/songwriter living in Seoul, South Korea for allowing us to his music in our intro and outro, all royalty-free!
57 minutes | May 29, 2021
S2 EP3: AAPI Heritage Month
In this episode we are excited to share a podcast to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. This podcast allows our guests to talk about the spike in AAPI hate crimes, the ways we felt we belong and were othered due to our ethnicity, and the things that makes us proud in terms of our racialized identities. We are grateful to be joined by Mari Horita, Vice President Community Engagement and Philanthropy - Seattle Kraken and Brian Surratt, Vice President Real Estate Development and Community Relations - Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Our guests' stories range from Mari's history as a sansei (third generation Japanese-American) and the impacts of the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II to Brian's experience as a bi-racial Korean-American and African-American man. Listen to our guests as they explore their identities, historical moments, anti-Blackness, the falsehood of zero-sum, and raising bi-racial children in Seattle. Also please take time to visit the Our Stories are Your Stories website to listen to local AAPI folks like Hollis Wong-Wear, Yuji Okumoto, Gary Locke, Lana Condor, and Doug Baldwin tell their own stories and add your own AAPI story to their platform. Thank you again to the Big Phony, a Korean-American singer/songwriter living in Seoul, South Korea for allowing us to his music in our intro and outro, all royalty-free!
46 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
S2 EP2: The Impact of COVID-19 with Patty Hayes and Ari Lozano
In the second episode of 2021, we hear from two guests who discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their lives and their work. Patty Hayes is the Director of Public Health - Seattle & King County. She grew up in Longview, WA and entered the public health world after a career in nursing. Ari Lozano (she/them) is the Program and Development Manager at All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGEUP). AGEUP invests in black, indigenous, and people of color youth in South Seattle. Their community is rooted in ultimate frisbee and committed to justice. Our guests share their origin stories and the impact of COVID-19 on their work and lives. Ari talked about how the lack of activity and proximity to friends has upended the young people she works with in South Seattle. The rise in mental health impacts due to the pandemic is something we are seeing quite strongly in young people. Furthermore, there is a current surge of cases for young people in our region now. Patty spoke about the impact on herself and her staff, who have been working 24/7 since our first case in a nursing home in Kirkland back in February of 2020. She also talked at length about the decision for the county to declare that racism was a public health crisis. This is something that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated even more in our communities. All our guests shared personal and professional projects towards the end. Ari shared about the upcoming GiveBIG 2021 campaign in early May and asked people to considering donating to the work of AGEUP and to other grassroots organziations, especially those led by BIPOC folks. You can find AGEUP on Instagram at @age_up! Patty shared three things: 1) The renewal of Best Starts for Kids - the only public investment in the entire life-span of young people in the country! 2) The genesis of the UW School of Nursing's Center for Anti-Racism. This center will create what Patty calls "nursing disruptors" who are more able to provide culturally competent care in healthcare systems 3) She is considering formally studying Cosmology (string theory, quantum gravity, etc.) and would love to hear from any local scientists in this field! Thank you to both our guests for this great conversation. Responses for any of these endeavors can be sent to us at email@example.com. We'll happily forward along any notes to our guests. 0:00 - Introduction - Impact of COVID-19 0:48 - Patty Hayes Self-Introduction 1:11 - Ari Lozano Self-Introduction 1:30 - Ari explains what AGE-UP is 2:20 - Check-in Question Introduction about impact of COVID-19 in the county/city and with young people in South Seattle 3:30 - Ari's response about the impact on her work with young people 5:44 - Frank responds and talks about living in South Korea during the time of COVID-19 and what it's like there 6:42 - Ari talks about how AGEUP has pivoted to work with young folks on-line and how they are doing during this time 9:04 - Frank talks about the importance of proximity and the difficulties in not having that 9:57 - Patty talks about how she hasn't had a break since February 2020 when the pandemic reached Seattle. 11:49 - Current surge of cases in younger people and the emergence of the long haul syndrome of those inflicted by COVID-10 12:40 - Declaration of racism as a public health emergency 13:48 - Hope in focusing on community; to empower them and to address the long-standing racism here in King County 14:17 - Frank talks about the impact of Heather McGhee's Sum of Us book and the impact of white supremacy not just on BIPOC folks but alson on white people themselves 16:00 - The false narrative of zero-sum hurts all of us 16:50 - Ari tells us what she finds hope in - young people themselves and their brilliance and in the vaccine roll-out 18:53 - Frank talks about how Ari herself was a young person that he knew and believed in and it's great to see her continue the work 19:23 - Frank introduces the next segment where guests tell their origin story 19:38 - Patty talks about her childhood and how they moved up the West Coast as her parents looked for quieter and smaller communities. Ended up in a farm on Longview, WA. 20:30 - Hooked on the Patty Duke show which led her to be a candy-striper volunteer and that inspired her health career. She did over 1,000 hours of volunteerism during her high school years! 22:30 - Worked with families of people who had traumatic brain injuries at Harborview. She was also assigned to work with terminally-ill young people. 23:50 - This led her to pivot to government relations and public health 24:35 - Frank talks about the positive impact of nurses on himself and his mother during her battle with an auto-immune disease 26:30 - Frank talks about the impact of brain-trauma in a personal relationship with one of the young people he coached 27:07 - Ari talks about her life growing up in the Southend of Seattle. Her parents both immigrated from the Philippines and the family has lived in Seattle for almost her entire life outside of college 28:08 - The huge impact of ultimate (frisbee) starting from her time at Asa Mercer Middle School 29:10 - Full circle to go from a young person in the community playing this sport to someone running youth programs for people in the same community 31:02 - Ari feels she has her dream job! 31:31 - Frank talks about how the best people to work for community are the people from the community 33:00 - Frank introduces next segment where people share projects they are working on with the public 33:42 - Ari talks about AGE-UP's Spring Youth Internship and doubling their FT staff from 3 to 6 employees! 35:05 - They will hold workshops led/facilitated by young people for adults 37:43 - GiveBig is on 5/4 - 5/5. Please donate to us and support other programs, especially those that are BIPOC-led! Invest in our communities! 40:26 - Patty will mention three things 40:32 - The renewal of Best Start for Kids. A unique program in the country where there's a commitment to investments in the entire lifespand of a child's life. They just finished the first 5 years of this work and will be renewed for another 6 years! 41:27 - Patty works with the UW School of Nursing and they are establishing a first-in-the-nation center for anti-racism work for nurses. Not just work-force development but to really educate what she calls "Nursing Disruptors" so that the care is more culturally appropriate 42:59 - Patty is a student of cosmology and quantum loop gravity! She's interested in continuing to study that in the next couple of years. The wisdom of science at looking at the dynamic nature of the universe gives her great hope and inspires her curiosity. 44:58 - Closing of the podcast Special thanks to Big Phony for providing music for the We Belong Here podcast.
54 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
S2 EP1: Democracy with RaShelle Davis, Whitney Keyes, and Kayla Demonte
In this podcast we are excited to hear from three members of our local democracy who all contribute to our civic life in different ways. We are lucky to have RaShelle Davis. Rashelle is a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Jay Inslee. She is joined by Whitney Keyes, Executive Director Seattle City Club and Kayla Demonte, Managing Director of Citizen University. Our guests discuss why they decided to enter into civil service and how they got started in the work of democracy. They spend time discussing the impact of their families, the experiences learned from other sectors, the inspiration that came from leaders and mentors, traveling, rank-choice voting, and how to stay engaged. All three shared personal and professional projects towards the end. RaShelle wanted to let listeners know about Washington Senate Bill 5010 which prohibits the use of credit scores to determine rates for personal lines of insurance. Whitney spoke about how City Club was looking to start a Dialogue across Differences and are looking for organizations to partner with. Kayla pitched the great work of The Better Arguments Project and their approach and framework. She also talked about a new book out called The Sum of Us. RaShelle advocated for the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival and agreed to introduce her to folks from there. Kayla asked listeners for two things. First, she pitched for people to be trained in the Civic Saturday programs so they can lead these civic events in their own communities. Second, she plugged the push by Fair Vote Washington to push forth the ability of Washington House Bill 1156 to allow for rank-choice voting in local cities and counties. Responses for any of these endeavors can be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily forward along any notes to our guests. We thank our guests for their service, the work they continue to do, and we'll see you at our next episode! Special thanks to Big Phony for providing music for the We Belong Here podcast.
45 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
S1 EP11: 2020 Election with Colleen Echohawk, Girmay Zahilay, and Markham McIntyre
This is a special edition of the podcast that was recorded on Thursday, November 5th, two days after the 2020 election. While we now know the results of the election, this conversation still provides such honest and optimistic insight shared between three well-known regional leaders. We were lucky enough to have Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club; Girmay Zahilay, King County Councilmember for District 2; and Markham McIntyre, Acting Chief Executive Officer of The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Spanning commerce, legislation, and Native-led human services; our guests come from a variety of backgrounds and expertise but what ties them all together is the push towards creating a more inclusive region where everyone thrives. That is the vision we need for 2021 and beyond! The trio shared their unsettled yet hopeful thoughts on the outcome of the 2020 election, the experiences and history that makes them who they are, and the exciting projects they are working on. Markham talked about Housing Connector, which bridges the space between landlords and those in need of housing. He also pitched the great work of Green Plate Special which operates in the Rainier Valley. They work with local youth and teach them how to farm, cook, and share through the power of food. Girmay spoke about the Youth Achievement Center which would provide housing and supportive services for young people in the Southend. They are currently working on a capital campaign to raise more funds and we will share more information when it comes available. The councilmember also highlighted two King County charter amendments that can reimagine how the county moves forward with public safety and makes the King County Sheriff an appointment position and not an elected one. Colleen talked about their ?al?al project to build housing in Pioneer Square. She talked about the park next to their location and how they are re-imagining from an indigenous land usage. You can follow this project on The Growing Old podcast (found on all major podcast services) and their Instagram account @GrowingOldProject. They will cover this development in their second season! She also spoke about the Equitable Recovery and Reconciliation Alliance. It’s a way to get past the lip-service of many well-intentioned white relatives but to actually follow the leadership of BIPOC peoples in a way that values that Coast Salish values of welcoming and inclusivity. This will show up on the Chief Seattle Club website in a week or two! Special thanks to Big Phony for providing music for the We Belong Here podcast.
56 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
S1 EP10: Census with Susan Balbas and Kamau Chege
In this podcast we are excited to launch our second episode of our four-part series with The Gates Discovery Center's "In Community We Flourish" events. Each event will highlight young people who are local changemakers in our community! Today's podcast resolves the importance of being counted in the current census. We are grateful to be joined by Kamau Chege, Manager at the Washington Census Alliance and Susan Balbas, Executive Director of the Na’ah Illahee Fund. Our guests share stories around immigration, historical trauma, the importance of being counted, and collective action. Both shared personal and professional projects towards the end. Kamau talked about how they are taking the multi-racial coalition built around the census to tackle more issues with collective power. Two examples of their efforts are securing $40 million for unrepresented community members who did not qualify for federal COVID-19 relief funds and a Black-led launch of theWashington for Black Livescampaign.Susan talked about launching theirNative Community Crisis Response Fundwith support from bothAll in WashingtonandSeattle Foundation. With these funds, they’ve been mainly support domestic violence and food security programs.The Na’ah Illahee Fund is also launching a climate justice cohort starting this month to increase skill-sharing and to explore how to stop polluting and to start regenerating with community leaders.
76 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
S1 EP9: Veteran Leadership with Linh Thai, Jesus Carbajal and Chris Franco
In this podcast we are excited to hear from three members of our local community who all have served in combat with the United States Army. We are lucky to have Linh Thai, City Impact Manger of The Mission Continues. Linh also spent over six years working for US Congressman Adam Smith. He's joined by Jesus Carbajal, Development & Operations Manager at Seattle Foundation and Chris Franco, Supervisor at King County. Our guests give an intimate look into their military service and expound on why they joined and what they took away. They also spend time discussing transitioning from active duty into the civilian world and their views on service, love, and sacrifice. All three shared personal and professional projects towards the end. Chris talks about the efforts of King County to dismantle systemic racism in local government. He also talks about the importance of participation and voting, especially as these freedoms and privileges were so hard won by the sacrifices of veterans over the course of our history. Jesus talks about his political and grassroots organizing in the lead up to the next election and offers an invitation to support other people and their movements. Linh talks about his work with The Mission Continues - https://missioncontinues.org/ - and how they focus on food-insecurity. Locally, they have two projects with communities from the Denny Woo Garden and Rainier Beach. He invites people to come join them for both service and to interact with the veteran community. He is also involved with New Politics Leadership Academy - https://newpoliticsacademy.org - which is a non-partisan org trying to get more veterans and national service alums engaged in running for public office. Responses for any of these endeavors can be sent to us at email@example.com. We will happily forward along any notes to our guests. We thank our guests for their service, the sacrifices they and their fellow soldiers made and continue to make, and the work they continue to do.
48 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
S1 EP8: Resilience with Evana Enabulele, Mariama Suwaneh and Ashraf Hasham
In this podcast we are excited to launch our four-part series with The Gates Discovery Center's "In Community We Flourish" events. Each event will highlight young people who are local changemakers in our community! Today's podcast includes two changemakers, Evana Enabulele of Queer the Land and Mariama Suwaneh of Hopelink. They are joined by City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture's Ashraf Hasham who is the Youth Arts Manager. Our guests share stories around resiliency, family, activism, arts, and the power of taking care of oneself during these times of pandemic and racial revolution. All three shared personal and professional projects towards the end. Evana talked about the great milestone of Queer the Land as they purchased their first home. It's a 12-bedroom house in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. They are looking for folx to come help with their bodies to get the place ready, their minds if they have knowledge about housing regulations, and their bank accounts if they are able to donate financially. Mariama shouted out her amazing blog for women of color: The Audacious Blog. She is also launching a podcast with a friend that will come out next month. Follow the blog for updates! Ashraf talked about how the City of Seattle’s efforts at civic recovery are housed at Seattle Together. He spoke specifically on any help to think of innovative ways to employ the creative community. Many are impacted by the economic impacts in the region. Responses for any of these endeavors can be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily forward along any notes to our guests.
63 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
S1 EP7: The power of schools with Caine Lowery, Anthony Shoecraft and David Bley
In this podcast we hear from three guests who share an affinity around education from different perspectives. Anthony Shoecraft leads Our Best, which is the City of Seattle's inaugural effort aimed at expanding opportunity and improving life outcomes of young Black men and boys. He is a native son of Seattle and a proud graduate of Garfield High School, Hampton University, and the University of Washington. Caine Lowery is the Principal of Seattle's Aki Kurose Middle School. He grew up in Oregon and came to Seattle after teaching in Atlanta. He's worked at Aki Kurose Middle School and Cleveland High School. David Bley oversees strategies focused on stable families, great schools and strong communities in Washington State and high-quality early learning both nationally and in Washington State for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He grew up outside of Chicago and has served the Seattle region for several decades in many capacities.Our guests share stories around their roots and have a powerfully honest conversations around education and belonging. Much of this conversation is wrapped around leading with a racial lens as we consider trauma, re-imagined possibilities, representation, and the power of schools in creating futures for young people. All three share personal and professional projects towards the end. Caine Lowery and his partner are expecting their first child in September! He also will be utilizing racial affinity groups with his schools staff and is open to any expertise in this work.David Bley talked about the important work around family homelessness that he's championed at the foundation and he shouted-out the great work of Schoolhouse Washington, which improves housing stability and advances educational success for students experiencing homelessness. We both discussed the great work that Treehouse has done for youth in the foster care system! There's a great video of their Class of 2020 on the website!Anthony Shoecraft discussed the importance of the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy at the City of Seattle. He also plugged the work of the MoHundred Scholarship. They are currently working to build the state's very first endowment fund for Black males and any support would be appreciated.
15 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
S1 EP6: We Belong Here Announces Partnership with The Evergrey featuring Caitlin Moran
We Belong Here announces a new partnership with The Evergrey to produce a weekly series that features community members who are creating belonging in the greater Seattle region.
45 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
S1 EP5: The power of storytelling with Eun Ji Koh, Luis Ortega, and Becky Witmer
On today's episode we hear from three strangers with a particular connection. One is a published poet, another runs a non-profit organization, and the other works for a local regional theatre company. What they have in common is an understanding of the power of storytelling. Eun Ji Koh is the author of The Magical Language of Others and has a collection of poems coming out called A Lesser Love. She is also writing a thousand love letters to strangers by hand. All that she asks is that you send her a bit about yourself and add a struggle or question along with your physical mailing address to: email@example.com.Luis Ortega is the Founder and Executive Director of Storytellers for Change, a national non-profit that has worked with thousands of youth, educators, and social impact leaders from across the world to harness the power of narratives to create positive social change. He has created a partnership with the Discovery Center at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to uplift the stories of local change-makers called In Community We Flourish. He would love for more people to feel energized by the activism and passion of young people.Becky Witmer is the Managing Director of A Contemporary Theatre (or ACT Theatre for short). Although the world of seeing plays live is on hold at the moment, ACT Theatre normally produces five primary programs: Mainstage, ACT Lab, Young Playwrights Program, Core Company, and the New Work initiative to fulfill their mission to engage audiences, develop new works, and keep the art accessible. If you have an idea on how ACT Theatre can continue to fulfill its mission during a global pandemic, please reach out to Becky at Becky.Witmer@acttheatre.org.Our guests spend time unearthing their pasts, sharing stories that inspired them, and speak to the power of generational wisdom and the web that connects us all through storytelling.0:00 - Introduction4:20 - guests discuss a story that is important to them15:25 - Luis shares his personal story22:30 - EJ shares their story27:56 - Becky shares their story
62 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
S1 EP4: Place-based love and belonging with Amy Nguyen, Laura Clise, and Shannon Loew
On today's episode we hear from three people working in very different sectors: government, housing/development, and social entrepreneurship. What they have in common is a love of place and a desire to welcome people into spaces.Amy Nguyen is the Public Space Management Program Development Supervisor for the Seattle Department of Transportation. She is also currently working in a special capacity to help project manage Seattle Together. Laura Clise is the Founder and CEO of Intentionalist. Shannon Loew is the CEO of both FIX Impact Development and Hatchback Cottages.Our guests spend time discussing both the impact of belonging and othering, the importance of physical spaces in developing community, backyard cottages, small business amplification and support, and how government and other sectors can follow the lead of community in building social cohesion during COVID-19. 00:00 – Introduction00:40 – Shannon Intro01:30 – Amy Intro02:35 – Laura Intro04:55 – What ingredient would you bring to the soup of belonging?10:40 – Amy tells her story of growing up in White Center and discuss the concept of ‘plaza culture’17:00 – Laura tells her story of struggling with belonging throughout her life25:21 – Shannon tells his story of growing up in two very different schools34:14 – Shannon discusses affordable housing and Hatchback Cottages40:51 – Laura discusses her project and supporting local businesses50:54 – Amy discusses Seattle Together project and civic recovery
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