During the 2016 presidential election, communities of color were impacted by the rhetoric used by #45. As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, Andrea Duarte-Alonso knew that #45's words were cruel and untrue.
In November of 2016, Andrea applied for the Jay & Rose Phillips Scholarship, which supports the development and implementation of a self-designed service project to address unmet needs in Minnesota communities. She presented a project using stories to elevate the voices of those unheard in her community of Worthington.
Small towns don't make it easy when it comes to progressive politics. Still, when vulnerable populations exist in places like non-metropolitan areas, it is important to start changing the narrative and let the rest of the world know what small towns in America look like.
Through storytelling and non-traditional ways of qualitative methods, the project hopes to report the true stories of what it is like to be a person of color in rural America.
A BIG THANKS
To the Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation for selecting this project and allowing it to become a reality;
To the St. Mary's community for making their space accessible;
To JBS (pork processing plant) for allowing the opportunity to have a table talk on immigrant rights and to recruit storytellers;
To the volunteers that took time out of their days to help transcribe audios;
To the storytellers because without them, there wouldn't be any stories to share.