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Borders & Heritage

Meet the Latina Conductor Breaking Barriers with Music

Borders & Heritage

Meet the Latina Conductor Breaking Barriers with Music

5m 24s

Paula Nava Madrigal is an immigrant from Mexico and one of a small percentage of female conductors in the United States. In addition to conducting orchestras, she teaches classical music to immigrant youth, providing free lessons and instruments.

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5m 36s

Tacoma Refugee Choir unites newcomers and community members

In Tacoma, a choir made up of immigrants, refugees and community members raises its voice to spread a message of love and unity. The choir provides a much-needed, welcoming community for newcomers who face innumerable challenges in trying to adapt to a new country, culture and language with little social support. Perhaps most importantly, it gives its members a sense of belonging.

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5m 48s

A new theology of survival for the Black trans community

J Mase III is a poet, an educator and a self-taught theologian. He is also a black trans man whose work is focused on the intersection of faith and social justice. This has led him, along with Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, to create a new theology, the tenants of which are laid out in the Black Trans Prayer Book, an interfaith project that affirms the spiritual realities of Black trans people.

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5m 39s

In Washington, a Vietnamese Refugee Lives Life in Limbo

Sulayman is one of over 8,500 refugees in the U.S. currently at risk of deportation due to the Trump administration’s reversal of a 2008 repatriation agreement with Vietnam. Now, he and his family live in a constant state of fear and anxiety about what the future might bring.

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