Refugee from Haiti - Coralie Bertrand Guerrero
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
Hear Coralie's story about how she came to the US from Haiti and is now the owner, marketing strategist, web project manager and content creator for CBG Media.  She is also the host of her blog called CBG Media.  cbgmedia.agency She tells a story like many from other countries of how she was forced to leave her country because of what happened after the big hurricane in 2010, and how the government did not support her and her family.   Her story is just like that of many others and why people often come to the country. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com ..read more
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Miguel Pro Mission with Father Peter Urban
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
Miguel Pro Mission is a non-profit in Denver, Colorado that raises money to help families on the border in Juarez, Mexico as well as providing scholarships for students in Juarez.  MPM has been around for about 20 years and overseen by Father Peter Urban with St Anthony Church De Padua in Denver, Colorado. What makes their mission different is that they empower those families by giving the families the materials and they build their homes as opposed to building them for them.  That is a much better method for empowering communities anywhere.  Bravo for what you are doing Miguel ..read more
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Rosa León Fandiño - "Me, Old - How to Reinvent Yourself with Success at Any Age"
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
Rosa is a native from Venezuela who tells her story about how she came to the US about 7 years ago.  She has reinvented herself as an immigrant to the US and knows what it is like to struggle with the immigration system.  There are thousands who have gone through the same type of story.  Rosa is here to talk about not only her journey to the US, but to also promote her book this is now available.  She will be doing a book signing on June 15th at Mi Casa Resource Center, 345 S Grove St, Denver, CO 80219 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/imm ..read more
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Serge Tiagnyriadno - musician, singer and songwriter from Kyiv, Ukraine - some of his family have already become refugees to Poland
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
Serge is a musician from Kyiv, Ukraine.  He has recorded many songs as a solo artist, but also he is member of the band Leonid & Friends.  Leonid and Friends have toured the US as recently as about 2 months ago.  I found our about Serge and Leonid & Friends as a long time fan of the band Chicago.  They tour as a Chicago cover band, as well as doing some Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.  They have a huge following in YouTube and were interviewed on 60 Minutes a couple of years ago.  The purpose of this Podcast is not for the ..read more
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Ricardo Gambetta - Manager of the Aurora Office of Immigrant & International Affairs
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
Ricardo is the manager of the Aurora Office of Immigrant and International Affairs.  Listen to hear about the 10-year plan that the city of Aurora has started.  Aurora is only 1 of 20 cities in the entire US with a plan to help immigrants. Find out how the OIIA came about and what its' role is in making Aurora, one of the most immigrant friendly cities in the US and Colorado. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/immigrationconsciousness/message ..read more
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Tania Soto Valenzuela - Social Justice Advocate and Immigrant
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
She is originally from Mexico, and moved with her family to the U.S. when she was 9 years old. She had been fighting her mother's deportation since 2009 until they won a cancelation of removal in December 2019.  Our journey is documented in a short film that you can access at this link:  http://taniamonarca.com   She has a Bachelor's degree in sociology from Regis University, and started her activism on immigration issues. Since then, she has led many campaigns on an array of social justice issues and has been a part of the activist community in Denver, CO fo ..read more
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Julie Ressalam and Kevin Vargas with the Aurora Immigrant & Refugee Commission
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
The goal of the Aurora Immigrant & Refugee Commission is focused on these basic goals: to promote immigrant entrepreneurship and leadership, home ownership, job skills, language learning, and encourage citizenship, as well as other goals that support immigrants and refugees.  Julie and Kevin have been on the AIRC since 2018 and continue to work for immigrant integration into the community of Aurora and the Denver metropolitan area.  They are both strong advocates for diversity and a community that supports all people.  You can find out more about the AIRC by visiting the Off ..read more
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Minsoo Song - Aurora Colorado - Office of Immigrant and International Affairs - Language Acquisition Program
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
Minsoo Song is from Korea and has been an employee of the Office of Immigrant and International Affairs since 2015.  She is also a member of the Aurora Immigrant and Refugee Commission.  She is talking about how the mass influx of immigrants into Aurora has made it necessary to provide services for language acquisition.  Aurora, Colorado has approximately 160 different languages that are spoken, and those people need help integrating into our communities here in Aurora and all over Colorado. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/immigrationconsciou ..read more
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Silvia Tamminen - Coordinator of the Aurora Public Schools Welcome Center in Aurora, Colorado
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
The Aurora Public Schools created the Welcome Center in 2015 to help support the growing number of immigrants moving into Aurora.  The mission of the Welcome Center is to help integrate the refugees and immigrants into the school system and the community.  You can find out how you can help by donating clothing, shoes and school supplies for the students, as well as providing support for parents.  You can visit the website at welcomecenter.aurora12.org. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/immigrationconsciousness/message ..read more
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They Live in the U.S., but They’re Not Allowed to Come Home - an article on how H-1B Visa holders are affected by the Biden Administration
Immigration Consciousness
by Mark Wideman
8M ago
Reading from a New York Times article from May 17, 2021 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/immigrationconsciousness/message ..read more
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