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A Shot Of Truth
Real conversations by undocumented folks about their experiences
Apr 20, 2022
Inner Work Collective Freedom
Laura is the creator of Inner Work Collective Freedom, she helps undocumented BIPOC folks interrogate undocumentedness via collective wisdom, joy, dialogue, learning, unlearning and accountability. She is an educator, facilitator, and foodie at heart. Calling in from Nisenan people’s land she is here to share all of it from her early organizing days to working with United We Dream and the creation of Inner Work Collective Freedom. We talk about what happens as you start aging out of limited narratives of undocumented folks and or the immigrant rights movement. It gets deep and beautiful. Check it out via Spotify, apple podcast, and other podcast platforms!
1 hr 12 min
Apr 1, 2022
My Return Home
After twenty-two years, Yuriana had the opportunity to return home to her familia and casita back in Michoacan, Mexico. She speaks about this experience from the very beginning from when she left Mexico for the first time to preparing for her return back. We talk about the various phases of emotions, thoughts, and conclusions she made. Reconnecting with the land brought her so much healing and peace. Reuniting with her family left her grieving for the family who could not be there. She speaks of her growth and return as a metamorphosis that altered her being. We end by discussing what it has been like to come back to the states and what’s next. Enjoy!
1 hr 5 min
Mar 7, 2022
ImmigrAsians with Host Ju Hong
We are joined by Ju Hong, host of ImmigrAsians Podcast! This is a story of Ju’s experience in the immigrant rights movement over the last 10 years. He shares what brought his family to the US from South Korea–led by the resilience of his mother. Which has transcended to the passion and dedication Ju has for his community. We talk in-depth about the ten-year anniversary of DACA, honoring that, questioning that, and deserving so much more. Ju shares the deep emotions he is feeling of frustration, stagnation and the toll it is all taking on his mental health. Currently, he is focused on building ImmigrAsians a podcast created to capture the unique stories of Asian undocumented individuals living in the US. Give it up ya’ll this episode is something else!
1 hr 4 min
Mar 2, 2022
How I Know I am Growing
A quick and short episode about my Saturn Return! This episode shares various questions I moved through during my 28-year evolution/revolution around the sun. I cover what I learned being sober for 6 months, how I’ve accepted and become aware of various patterns in my life, and what I let go of to get here. I share the things I am confronting and needing professional support with. And most importantly how eager I am to continue growing, transcending, and learning. Special shout out to the communities that I worked with to get to this point. Enjoy!
Feb 18, 2022
Welcome to part two of our Valentine's day series featuring Ricky and Gia! Joining us from Philadelphia–this episode is a story of two lovers navigating being in a mixed-status partnership. The amount of vulnerability they both show up with is admirable. We talk about the hard things of course but most importantly the unconditional love, support, and some of their goals together. We also cover power dynamics, mental health, and the drive to plan long term. This episode gets you in the feels. Enjoy! Content request: Our guests wish to remain anonymous, if you know them personally please do not tag them. Thank you!
Feb 14, 2022
Love in times of Undocumentation
Ivonne Diaz joins us on the first part of our Valentine's Day Series! Feliz dia del Amor y la Amistad! Ivonne Diaz is currently residing in El Paso, TX, and is here to give you a message of finding power in yourself! She shares a story of resilience, healing from abuse, and a commitment to doing advocacy work for immigrant communities. We talk about the pressure, challenges, and power dynamics of being in relationships as immigrant women. It gets HOT!
Jan 24, 2022
The Energy Takeback: Reclaim Your Agency in 2022
In this episode Nydia Cardenas, an Energy Life Coach from Fort Worth, Texas shares how she came to coaching and how she has helped people across the nation take back their energy! Let’s face it - we imagine and build differently when energized than when tired. Working for change can be exhausting but we owe it to ourselves and our communities to model a different way of showing up to social justice work in which we exercise agency over our energy and operate from a place of well-being. Nydia walks me through a coaching exercise around uncertainty and power to model the generative methodology she uses. She also gives listeners ideas and tips on how to better resource yourself for weekly tasks and claim that energy back! I expose myself quite a bit in this episode as we walk through the exercise but I hope in some ways it’s helpful for others as we talk about the uncertainty that comes from being undocumented or a DACA recipient. If you’d like to work with Nydia check out her page…
1 hr 18 min
Jan 3, 2022
DJ Mansaf Mama Kicking off the New Year
Welcome to the New Year! We are kicking off 2022 with DJ Mansaf mama–Alia Taqieddin. She is a revolutionary woman, music creator, Falastinyat organizer, and TEDx Speaker. The topic of this conversation is defining and emphasizing the importance of joint struggle, a matter of life and death (over choosing to be in solidarity.) We also talk about how doing relationship work within movement spaces IS the work. Along with celebration and joy, all those components remind us what we really are fighting for. This episode kicks off with one of DJ Mansaf mama’s tracks, Enjoy–and Happy New Year!!
Dec 13, 2021
My Mother's Hands
We are joined by Reydesel Salvidrez Rodriguez aka Undocu_grad! Reydesel starts off this episode by sharing the most beautiful poem titled, “My Mother's Hands,” an audio art piece highlighting the hard work, tenderness, and power that his mother holds. He then makes it about all the men and women who have worked endlessly at the forefront of this pandemic. Reydesel is motivated by his siblings and elders, he shares how they have guided him through life. This is a beautiful story of family, un ranchito in Chihuahua, Mexico, and a creative process to navigate the rest. A reminder that our ancestors are always with us too. Give it up for Reydesel
Nov 22, 2021
Land Back is my Liberation
Aisha Mansour is a revolutionary Palestinian feminist and organizer. Aisha is a part of many organizations including Falastiniyat and the Palestinian Youth Movement. She shares with us so many beautiful stories of her family, including the first time she realized her life was going to be devoted to the struggle and liberation of her people. We cover the various campaigns she is working on, including Save Al-Walaja, and reframing the purpose of doing this work--it is far beyond advocacy. We talk about US complacency, parallels of settler colonialism, and what it means to be in a joint struggle. This episode was all the feels from beginning to end. Co-produced by Aline Prata.
Nov 11, 2021
Community and Difficult Conversations
Panchito Ramirez is a first-generation immigrant, Speaker, and Founder of Dreamer Soccer Clinic. Panchito is on a mission to impact the lives of immigrant youth by sharing his story and creating spaces like the Dreamer Soccer Clinic. Panchito is the most affirming, giving, selfless leader--(my heart and glass felt so full after this recording.) As we talked about the importance of creating community spaces, we decided this episode was going to be about having difficult conversations. We talk about critical consciousness, how to approach a difficult conversation, and when it’s time to walk away. As we enter the holiday season we KNOW things get a little tense. We got you. Enjoy!
Oct 28, 2021
All My Friends and Shout Outs
A long-overdue episode about all my mother fucking friends. I’ve been thinking about this episode for a while. When I did my first solo interview I listened back and felt like something big was missing. Talking shit about all my friends. I talk so much about love and not enough about the abundance of fucking love I feel from all my friends. I talk about my friends in terms of BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT. This episode also includes all the DACA donation shout outs and our first two ads! I know this collage is hilarious (I love it hehe.) So welcome to this episode, light up, relax and enjoy!
Oct 18, 2021
Inner Evolucion: Life coaching, Vulnerability and Wellness
Vicente Guzman is a life coach, entrepreneur, and creator of Inner Evolucion! Inner Evolucion is a platform and coaching program to empower GEN Z entrepreneurs! Vicente focuses on vulnerability, wellness, and ensuring there are systems of accountability to support people of all backgrounds. Vicente shares what lead him to start this program and how he plans to impact people with his work. I got to witness, grow and learn aside with Vicente during the Launch Latinx Accelerator Program and he is pure lightness, full of wisdom, and an activator. Enjoy this episode and check out Inner Evolucion!
Oct 6, 2021
Chronic Loneliness impacts millions of people across the world. Here in the United States, 46% of the general population feels lonely often. In this episode, we talk about the impacts of chronic loneliness at large and also as immigrants. We share personal experiences on how loneliness has manifested in our lives and impacted those around us. Regardless of money, fame, power, beauty--we all are subject to feeling lonely because it is part of our biology! It is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something to be aware of and notice how you are meeting your social needs. This is a heavy topic but Dario Andrade Mendoza does an excellent job of keeping it light and lively. Dario is joining us for his second episode, so if you like this one please check out Arizona Living! Enjoy!
Sep 22, 2021
The Mother F*cking Audacity
Yes, you read that right. THE MOTHER FUCKING AUDACITY featuring ME This episode is all about things I’ve been processing over the last several months including my relationship with alcohol, dating apps, and people I’ve had to let go to make space for all this. You get some of my key takeaways from the Launch Latinx Accelerator Program. I will be doing an IG LIVE with them this Friday! This episode is a little bit of everything and a mash-up of rants, messiness, and more. (It’s funny because I recorded this last weekend and I already feel differently about some of my talking points.) ANYWAY, go out there and be audacious--that’s the message. Enjoy.
Sep 14, 2021
We welcome Adelitas Apparel in today’s episode! We interviewed the creators and founders, Jacks and Yaya, who have built a business founded on being family-oriented, community-driven, and centered around positive messaging for immigrant communities. From their Undocu Queer Bucket Hats to their jewelry and make-up--all their products tell a story. We learned Jacks and Yaya have been entrepreneurs since a young age and were inspired by their parents in building a business. Their business model is one that focuses on giving back to the community and being positive motivators for others. Adelitas Apparel is collaborating with us on our giveaway! Details coming soon! Enjoy!
Sep 3, 2021
My Love and Rage: Parallels of US Imperialism, Borders and Displacement in Afghanistan
This episode highlights Rukhsar Sadat, an Afghan refugee living in Washington state. Rukhsar shares her journey to the United States along with sharing stories of grief, guilt, and forced assimilation. She is a hardworking person doing the most to help her family and pursue law school to help refugees and immigrants. In this episode you can feel the love she has for people and the rage she feels against a system that has continued to displace her loved ones. We talk about the parallels across borders upheld by power and control--our goal is to connect the pieces in collective liberation. The love I feel for you is real. Enjoy!
Aug 3, 2021
Talking Sh*t with Gloria
Gloria Guizar (she/ella), serves as the Operations Manager at a Behavioral Health Agency located in Central Washington. In addition to being a professional and a first-generation college graduate, she also identifies as an immigrant, activist, and daughter of farmworkers. All these identities are what guides Gloria’s work and push her to keep organizing and creating change within her communities. This episode is all about talking shit with your comadres!! We talk about the recent DACA news, competition between women, and how healing is collective! Gloria is so badass--y'all gotta check it out, enjoy!
Jul 20, 2021
Latina Self Made Millionaire Elite
Money wounds. Self-love. Revolutionary transformative change. Hopeless romantic feels and all. Maydelli Mendoza is our guest on today’s episode! Maydelli is a conscious entrepreneur managing multiple businesses that have guided her through her healing journey. Her passion for being a Transformative Life Coach is her way of sharing with Latino/a/x communities the power of choosing change and choosing YOU! Maydelli shares with her following the vulnerability and struggle she has faced and tackled in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. I listened to this episode and again felt emotion evoked in my body, mind, and spirit. I get called into doing work I’m avoiding and I feel that. I hope this episode finds you and you find in it what you need. Enjoy!
Jul 13, 2021
Brown Girl Joy
Woot woot! We are back with this episode with Amrit Kaur one of the creators of Brown Girl Joy! Amrit is a sister, filmmaker, and creative! They are a first-generation queer undocumented person. Their film, “Udhaare Supne,” (Borrowed Dreams) was featured at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (check it out!) This episode is all about what inspired Amrit to become a storyteller and how people along the way have changed their life--including joining the undocumented filmmakers collective. There is so much love in this episode!
Jun 17, 2021
Border to Border Mutual Aid
Shot of Truth Podcast and 77Mutual aid are collaborating on this effort because we believe in the redistribution of wealth and resources. 77 Mutual aid is a collective in Brownsville, TX raising funds to support local community members. The mutual funds will go directly to immigrant people working at the flea markets in Brownsville, TX. These folks have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, climate change, US imperialist policies and excluded from government assistance. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help 25 immigrant families working at the Flea Market. You can donate at @Mutualaid77 via Venmo. @77mutualaid via cash app. This episode highlights one of the organizers, Martha Mercado, we talk about economics, understanding social-economic status, and why we should all participate in redistributing wealth. The last 15 minutes focus primarily on the mutual aid fund! Enjoy!
Jun 16, 2021
What is Yoga and a Guided Meditation
Our final minisode with Love and Fear Foundation featuring Luis Rosales! In this episode, Luis talks about meditation being one of the most important parts of his day. He wants to share this practice with others by guiding us through a short meditation. Get comfortable, close your eyes and get in the zone with this magical person! Thank you for joining us for this month of minisodes! Personal note: as I did this meditation I saw the waters of peace bleed red and I remembered the first time I saw my red aura. Luis is magic y'all.
Jun 9, 2021
Queer In Texas
Luis shares the impact of growing up undocumented and queer in a conservative state. From Honduras to Texas to California--all these places have impacted his experience. He talks about the challenges of navigating culture in a republican border state including assimilation, racism, and homophobia. Along with coming to self-love and making life-changing decisions that aligned to his healing journey. Enjoy!
Jun 2, 2021
How to Find a Therapist
In today’s minisode, we are collaborating with Love and Fear Foundation. Luis Rosales is here to share all about his organization helping people gain access to information and resources around mental health and therapy. Especially LGBTQ+ folks, undocumented people, and formerly incarcerated people. Though Luis shares resources and information specifically in CA there are various programs that are similar nationwide. He is here to highlight the impact therapy has had on him and why he has decided to do this work! Please check out his personal episode as well, “Love and the Pillars of Life,”--to learn more about him and all the realness in confronting the good, the bad, and the future.
May 25, 2021
Shot of Truth Podcast has the great pleasure of joining Scholarship A-Z-- an immigrant youth-led organization helping undocumented folks access higher education-- in Tucson, Arizona. On today’s episode we are joined by Dario Andrade Mendoza and Jaynelle Granados who are here to share all about the organization and more! This episode is heavy--we talk about the serious implications of living in one of the most conservative states as undocumented and DACA holder folks. We talk about the anxiety and forced experience imposed on immigrants. We also talk about geographical privilege which needs to be at the center of our conversations as undocumented and DACA holders. This episode is all the feels and realness. So much love to our familia at Scholarship A-Z, please check out their website and learn how you can donate and get involved!
1 hr 3 min
May 17, 2021
Love and the Pillars of Life
With the founder of Dharma companies including Love and Fear Foundation and Enlightened Entrepreneurs--Luis Rosales is joining us today to share so many golden nuggets! Love and Fear foundation focuses on helping marginalized communities gain equitable access to mental health resources. Luis shares so many great tips in his experience navigating the professional world as a queer, undocumented man. He shares many difficult things he faced prior to becoming a mental health advocate. Luis has so much knowledge to share he is also creating minisodes that will start airing next week! Join us in Love and the Pillars of Life!
May 14, 2021
Undocuclubhouse Minisode Recap
This is the final part of our collaboration over the last month! I have loved working with both Lizzy Lugo and Christian Bueno. Listening back to our debrief about the whole project was sweet. This episode is a recap of what we learned during our collaboration, the behind the scenes work and more! We shared what we appreciated and the value of continuing to connect and share knowledge, stories etc. The platforms we are creating are helping many of us find connection and healing for the first time. It’s pretty powerful. Thanks all! Enjoy!
May 3, 2021
Undoing Ego and Coming to Self
This episode is about a person embarking on their healing journey. In this confronting many things like ego, whiteness, inner work, and more. Christian Bueno, the co-founder of Undocuclubhouse—the Dream Network, is our special guest today! We go deep into what his life was like growing up in Utah, the dissociation of emotion, coming to healing and so much more! This is all about self-accountability and coming to self in a new way. This is the third portion of our collaboration and we are moved by the participation, contribution, and connections we have built through this. So much love to Christian and Lizzy, please follow their work at [at]undocuclubhouse and join their weekly conversations on Sundays! Tune in next week for our final release!
1 hr 11 min
Apr 26, 2021
We are joined by Lizzy Lugo the co-founder of Undocuclubhouse - the Dream Network. This is a story of navigating the health system as an undocumented person. Lizzy talks about being hard of hearing and the impact all her doctors and nurses had on her. Lizzy Lugo is on her way to applying to medical school and achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. She gives many tips on how she has prepared for this journey. This episode shares a story of navigating a world feeling disconnected from our roots but eager to move forward in this country. We both grew up in predominantly white communities and we unpack that experience. She is one of the hardest working people I have ever met! Please enjoy--Undocu Pre-Med!
Apr 13, 2021
How I Became Free
We are joined by Juan Maya Hernandez, the founder of Headshots on the go, an aspiring Motivational Speaker and Content Creator. Juan Maya is known for his photography, motivational content, and being an overall badass! Juan’s message is about overcoming the difficult things in life and creating a vision that aligns with your passions and goals. His motivation to succeed and help others do the same is restoring and energizing. His message is one that will leave you wondering what currently aligns with you now and your future. Transformative kind of energy ya’ll. Please check out his amazing content! Enjoy!
Apr 7, 2021
A Matriarchy of Love
This episode highlights Edwin Soto Saucedo, a queer undocumented person residing in Tongva lands also known as Los Angeles. Edwin is a creative, loving human being. We talk all about missing el perrero and connecting with people. Our conversation includes highlighting the impact large pro-immigration organizations have on our community and society. Along with the narratives that once helped us survive--reviving as criminalizing and elitist internalizations. The generational conversation we have around organizing in the immigrant movement and now realizing if we had focused inward we may have shifted how some of these conversations are reflected upon. He mentions the power womxn have in all movements and the importance of centering and celebrating QTBIWOC. Edwin knows when womxn lead, we win. We are manifesting a meeting at a cumbiaton one day--hopefully with you too!
1 hr 5 min
Mar 28, 2021
A World Without Cages and Borders
In today’s episode, we are joined by Hernan Carvente-Martinez the creator and founder of Healing Ninjas Podcast-- “a community highlighting the stories of individuals who are seeking to master the art of healing.” Hernan is a social entrepreneur, community organizer, and on a mission to end youth prisons. Hernan and I had a whole conversation on the parallels of mass incarceration and mass detention from the perspective of a formerly incarcerated person with undocumented parents. We discuss the value of having these conversations more often and envisioning a world without cages and borders. Please join us in this deep conversation with this healing ninja--enjoy!
Mar 22, 2021
Financial Liberation for All
I really have to hype this person up because they’re doing incredible work. Kevin Muñoz came to the United States From Guatemala and has lived across the country in California, Colorado, and New Jersey. He is giving people the tools they need to start navigating the financial world themselves regardless of immigration status. My favorite thing about this is that he does it both in English and Spanish and makes all his work accessible on youtube, podcast platforms, and on his website. In this episode we talk all about investing in yourself, creating a financial vision and the impact Latinos have on the US economy. From retirement to emergency funds to how to buy your first home--Latin American Educational Opportunity Podcast (LEO podcast) has it all. “The LEO Podcast was created with the purpose to breakdown barriers within the Latinx community and shed light on topics that aren’t typically brought up in our households like finances, mental health, politics, and many more.” We…
1 hr 1 min
Mar 12, 2021
On Route to Law School
In today’s episode, we are joined by Maria Yepez! First, we’d like to dedicate this episode to Jocelyn Granados--an amazing friend who is fundraising money for the California Mexico Dreamer Study Abroad Program. Please check out our show notes for more information. This episode is all about Maria’s journey leading her to her next big move, law school. Maria is a recent alumna from WSU and we talked about how students organized and showed up for each other when the Republican club at WSU built a wall in the middle of campus. We talk about the value of empowering each other and advocacy looking more than one way.
Mar 5, 2021
Cumbia de Mis Sentimientos
A re-introduction of our Host, Victoria Matey Mendoza. Full disclosure this is deep into the things I’ve reflected on over the last couple of years. First, I’d like to state an energetic boundary--these are only pieces of myself, not the whole picture. We talk all about my love avoidance as a hopeless romantic. High school, and all that messiness--including my AP government teacher outing my ass. All the details about my speaking engagements across the country and my Tedx Talks. The deep dissociation and depression supplemented by alcohol abuse impacting my ability to form relationships. All the details about my bruja gifts, validated more and more every day of my life. Additionally, the intention behind this podcast and how it is ever-evolving as am I. Enjoy Cumbia de Mis Sentimientos.
1 hr 39 min
Feb 22, 2021
In this episode, we are joined by Carlos Sotelo, Erika Rocha, and Giovanni Escobedo, all immigrant and undocumented folks residing in Texas. This episode highlights the impact and organizing efforts of communities in Houston, Austin, and The Rio Grande Valley. We talk about the difference in support based on geographical location. The need to make mutual aid accessible to people who speak a different language, those who do not have access to a car or computer to apply. The need for ground communal organizing is how many communities in Texas have survived. I also ask what is happening near the border and at detention centers. Below are our show notes, you can check out various places to donate that help low-income, BIPOC immigrant communities.
1 hr 18 min
Feb 12, 2021
All About Love
We didn’t know we needed a Valentine’s Day episode until Romina came into our lives. Romina Murguia is a beautiful person with so much to share and give to the world. This episode is all about practicing and learning self-love, family-love, romantic-love--if you’re feeling yourself OR someone else come through and just dive deep into all this energy. You get all the details about astrology, her favorite books, shows, and what it’s like being young looking for love during this time. This episode made our hearts melt, there’s so much laughter, vulnerability, and reflection. Mad love to you all on this weekend as we navigate expressing love in different ways due to the pandemic. Just a little lotta love for your feed.
Feb 10, 2021
Our final minisode of this series with Luis Cortes! Let’s take it back to 2010/2012 to understand how DACA came to be in the first place. Luis Cortes shares the impact students made across the nation to push the Obama Administration to implement DACA. A lot of these students and organizers are now what has become United We Dream. This episode covers how Advanced Parole works and how you can prepare for applying. DACA is simply a strategy for something more.
Feb 4, 2021
Magic And Community
In this episode, we are joined by Diana Betancourt Macias--an Organizer, Educator, Queer AF, Undocumented Magic Mami!! The Host of Magic Mamis Podcast, Bmfsfoundation Founder, Adjunct Professor at the University of WA Bothell and so much more. This Libra energy is high, inspiring, and captivating. The work Diana and her family put into their foundation from scholarships, youth groups, parent groups, fundraisers is incredible. We get a sneak peek of all the work behind Bmfsfoundation, Magic Mamis, and even more personal pieces around alcoholism, spirituality, and hustling educational institutions. Spirits are present y’all. Diana is one of a kind, enjoy--MAGIC AND COMMUNITY.
1 hr 33 min
Feb 3, 2021
COVID-19 And Immigrants
This episode will cover the impact of COVID-19 and immigrant workers, essential workers, and what is happening inside detention centers. Luis Cortes explains how COVID-19 made disparities amongst communities more apparent. There is no denying the impact that many marginalized communities have faced have been detrimental. Essential workers and immigrant folks should be given a path towards citizenship for all they are doing to sustain this country during this time. People in detention should be released AND provided the resources needed to survive during this global pandemic. Check out this minisode to learn more!
Jan 27, 2021
What Happened In The Last Four Years?
In this week’s minisode, Luis Cortes covers what happened in the last four years. Starting with the Trump Administration abusing their power within the executive branch. The last four years we spent questioning how this administration was able to implement extremely criminalizing policies including the Travel Ban and separating and caging children. How can we plan for the future and build something that outlasts the next four years? How can we hold the new administration accountable for all they claimed? Regardless of how much this administration changes these policies, we have to remember they still uphold these systems and we deserve more.
Jan 22, 2021
Undocu Soccer Daddies
A lighthearted episode highlight two undocumented best friends who just love soccer. Each navigating various institutions differently but with similar goals and commonalities. Osvaldo Flores--a graphic designer soccer daddy with best friend Samuel Gonzales--a data analyst business soccer dad. There’s tons of laughter and love in this episode. Osvaldo and Sammy both shared all the deets about their dating life, navigating higher ed and all the things they love about soccer. Don’t mind me asking “tell me more about soccer” at least ten times LOL. Enjoy Undocu Soccer Daddies (AND YES OSVALDO IS SINGLE.)
1 hr 1 min
Jan 19, 2021
Our first minisode featuring Luis Cortes! In this episode, Luis Cortes shares what we need to know from the Biden Administration. Including TPS, full restoration of DACA, and pulling an emergency brake on deportations. This episode will also highlight some of Biden’s cabinet that will heavily impact immigration. Day one here we go!
Jan 11, 2021
Godfidence and Ceiling Breaker
Maybelline Perez is from El Salvador and came to the United States ten years ago. She tells the story of a conscious entrepreneur with the drive to intentionally build and work with others. Maybelline has started her own design business since the beginning of COVID and has worked with many companies including Vive Cosmetics. She shares what navigating internships and higher education were like and will be graduating at the end of this semester! Maybelline shares so many tips on centering your well-being, self-development, and business management. We are so inspired by this individual, you are the definition of magic.
Jan 3, 2021
When Community Leads
The story of a community leader who is fierce, authentic, and selfless. Antonio Tijerino is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in Washington DC. In this episode, he shares with us his journey to the United States along with what motivates him to continue fighting for justice. Antonio is the kind of person that celebrates everyone. His work is directly lead by those most impacted. He shares with us some of the projects he and many others created to show up for people during COVID. Along with many stories that were turning points in his life. Antonio Tijerino, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, and Juan Sepulveda were the creators of the Dream Lead Institute (we have interviewed over ten of the fellows.) Toni often tells me he’s counting on me and whenever I feel like giving up...I swear I hear him cheer me on. If you’re looking for that boost of love and empowerment, we gotchu.
1 hr 14 min
Dec 26, 2020
If you are on Instagram, you KNOW UndocuProfessionals. Sharet Garcia is the creator, project manager, and voice behind UndocuProfessionals. This episode is Sharet’s journey in creating this platform. From learning about her family to her goals moving forward. Sharet has so many beautiful and encouraging words to share. As content creators, people do not often get to hear about all the work that goes on behind the scenes--this is your opportunity to get a glimpse of all the work UndocuProfessionals does.
Dec 19, 2020
AWe had some other amazing episodes including Journey to Self, Undocuboss, Gio Takes the States and My American Dream. Coming up next week will be our Holiday Special with Undocuprofessionals. And we will be wrapping up the New Year with someone really special to me and many of the people I’ve recorded with. Intentions for 2021: Before I share our goals and intentions for this new year. I want to also share what I’ve been grieving. I’ve been grieving not seeing my family and friends. I feel so stagnant without human interaction. I am also grieving a lot of death. As many of us are. When we started this podcast I was very angry. I still am but I had no way of releasing my anger. Honestly, I’m calling this a relaunch/reintroduction because I am an evolving person. If you listen to some of our earlier episodes I was sad and you could hear the hurt in my voice, you could probably tell I was also under the influence for some. I have done a lot of thinking, healing and creating. A…
Dec 10, 2020
My American Dream
At the age of nine, Diego Corzo came to the United States from Lima, Peru. This is a story about perseverance, risk-taking, and choosing your vision. Diego has been featured in Forbes, CNN Money, Telemundo (and more) highlighting his professional life as a Realtor and Investor. He shares the path that helped him grow into the Entrepreneur that he is from self-education to finding ways to help other undocumented people. Diego shares many stories with us and tips on how to start building your vision.
Dec 3, 2020
Gio Takes the States
Giovanni Escobedo found a home in the Rio Grande Valley after living in 34 different places! He came to the US by himself in search of safety, community, and work. He left Mexico to escape the violence queer folks were/are experiencing. He loves politics because he sees the change local communities can make when they come together. From organizing in high school to working at the state and national capitol--he’s all about it. He talks about the election in terms of the Valley while giving us a glimpse of his life living in a southern border city. “Everyone always talks about the RGV but they’ve never been here,” it is clear Gio has found community and LOVE in the RGV.
Nov 25, 2020
In this week’s episode, we are joined by this UndocuBoss Alejandra Corbella. Alejandra came to the United States in 2012 and since then has been building her platform and business to help others learn about eCommerce, cryptocurrency, investing, and more. Alejandra came to the United States eager to learn and explore but she knew she was going to have to overcome many barriers including-- living in a border city, learning the language with no access to ELL (English Language Learner) support, and navigating the workforce. This episode is all about having a growth mindset, having faith in yourself, and doing the work to create a life plan that works for you and your needs. Please check out her page for more. Enjoy!
Nov 16, 2020
Journey to Self
We are joined by Shiyan Zhang on today’s episode--Journey to Self. This episode shares the emotional impacts institutions have on us. Shiyan and her family had no option but to move abroad due to the one-child policy. She shares her experience finding an undocumented community for the first time in college and navigating life after. Shiyan talks about the importance of centering our mental health in order to survive. Along with the responsibility we have to our families as first-generation immigrants. Her message is all about having compassion for oneself. Enjoy!
Nov 2, 2020
Dating sin Barreras
We are joined by the creator of Ytienepapeles on Instagram she joined us in this episode, Dating sin Barreras! María shared with us what inspired her to start her page and how she’s creating content making people laugh throughout the country. Healing through humor has made her content relatable, hilarious and vulnerable. This entire episode is about our experiences dating as undocumented womxn. How we fight the patriarchy every day. And how we must continue to empower one another. This episode is full of laughter (so turn it down a notch) and enjoy, Dating sin Barreras!
Oct 6, 2020
Lessons With Kamau
Kamau Chege is not only the Managing Director at Washington Census Alliance, he's also a freaking genius and a great brother. Kamau gave us a whole history lesson on immigration being tied to reconstruction, democracy and human rights. Kamau illustrates the parallels of a multi-racial democracy and the polarization within class. He shares with us how this pandemic is impacting people and the impact it will have on the election. Check out this super informative and amazing episode with Kamau Chege! Let’s @ him on Twitter!
1 hr 1 min
Sep 10, 2020
That Lawyer Guy
You may know him from the Supreme Court DACA case. Orrr you may know him as a professor. I know him as a punk rocker!! Luis Cortes has joined us today to talk about his journey as an educator and lawyer. He shares with us how he got involved in teaching, how he navigated law school, and all the details about DACA. The day of the court case, the days leading up to it, and the present. This episode is full of laughter, good stories, and some real talk about dating, being in the spotlight and more. Thank you so much Luis for sharing all your wisdom and words of hope. This episode is fire!
1 hr 52 min
Aug 13, 2020
A Shot of Truth Podcast Trailer
Welcome to a Shot of Truth Podcast! Listen in to learn a little more about our life stories and experiences. In addition, we bring in voices from other undoc-folks and expand on the different identities/intersectionalities within our community. We acknowledge that this is not single issue struggle and would also love for other organizers, activist, and community members to chime in on our conversations. Thank you in advance for listening!
Jul 8, 2020
Part 2: *Stares in fed up Black girl*
We are joined by Zawadi Chege on today’s episode titled, *Stares in fed up Black girl*. Zawadi Chege shares her journey navigating life and the world as an undocumented, queer Black womxn. Zawadi shares how she processed and navigated graduating during a global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Uprisings. She shares with us her passion for film and love for her brother. We are so inspired by Zawadi! Enjoy!
Jun 18, 2020
Part 1: Call In to Non-Black Undocumented People
This episode we confront our anti-Blackness as non-Black undocumented latinx womxn. We share how we’ve been processing our role in supporting and uplifting Black lives. Starting with ourselves and extending to our families. We talk about the importance of holding ourselves, families and communities accountable to their anti-Blackness in order to continue fighting for Black communities. Black immigrants are targeted, detained and deported more so than other groups of people. Yet we never talk about this. As the DACA decision arises we want to hold non-Black DACA recipients accountable to not take space from Black Lives Matter but rather partner, collaborate, grow, give and hand over the fucking mic. Enjoy Part One: Call In to Non-Black Undocumented People.
May 12, 2020
I Finessed My Way to Canada
Doctor Nancy Aramis De Vannes finessed her way to Canada after years of being in deportation proceedings. Nancy earned her Doctorate in the United States and continues to be a professor and manage her Data Analytic business. She moved to Canada recognizing it was the best option for her in order to heal from the trauma she was living with as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Her message encourages people to never settle for anything less than you deserve. She shares information about the process of relocating and offers to help others that want more information. Check out I Finessed My Way to Canada! Enjoy!
Apr 24, 2020
Undocumented Relief Fund
We are joined by Washington Dream Coalition Mujere’s who are organizing the statewide COVID-19 Undocumented Relief Fund in Washington State. Along with various partners including Scholarship Junkies, SOMOS Seattle and more--Alejandra Perez, Larissa RG and Daniela Murguia share with us a little bit about their experience organizing in education and immigrant rights. Which has lead to their current efforts in helping Undocumented Communities during this global pandemic. They share the process of the application along with the ins and outs of the work in organizing this type of effort. This episode is full of the energy we need as a collective. One that fosters trust and community, that uplifts voices from various perspectives and that honors the anger we feel as Undocumented people who are tired of the abuse our communities face. Washington Dream Coalition is partnered with Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, Entre Hermanos, SOMOS Seattle, SWWA…
Apr 1, 2020
El Centro y El Census
Happy National Census Day! We were invited to El Centro Latino three weeks ago to learn about the census in community! The Census is complex and easy all at the same time--we promise! Learn about the process and history of the Census along with the involvement of communities to ensure their people get counted! We also unpack who are the people not being counted along with the process of jails and detention centers. It’s a lot of information but something that will affect you for the next ten years. Check out this episode created with and by community to share knowledge and faith in all this. Happy Censusing friends!
Mar 12, 2020
Gay in the Bay
On a trip to the Bay, we recorded with Lalo Mendez! After several drinks--we decided to record about Lalo’s experience navigating being undocumented and queer. He shares with us the work he’s done in the past around migrant workers and houseless folks. And what it’s like not knowing what the future of DACA holds for many of us. But really this episode is about sexxx. We talk about the best sex, sex positivity and what we do for sex. Sometimes that means driving for several hours or flying across the country only to find out he’s married. I know--this episode is full of all the tea on this beautiful human being. Join us in Gay in the Bay!
Feb 13, 2020
Yellow is My Favorite Color
It’s hard to be vulnerable. It’s hard to express the array of emotions we feel when being undocumented. Francia Orozco has been using art to express vulnerability, sadness, and activism. She has known her entire life that she was meant to be an artist. She has the passion and urges to create art that represents the people from her community from migrant workers to womxn in nature. With bright colors and the beauty of nature--Francia has created art that is influenced by her Mexican heritage. She defined it as always longing for home--join us in My Favorite Color is Yellow.
Jan 9, 2020
La Mera Rocha: Lots of Heart and Real Talk
We welcome Erika Rocha to the show—prepare to laugh, cry and be inspired by a powerful individual! Erika is currently the Texas State Director for Swing Left working hard to turn the state of Texas blue. She talks about what it was like to learn English when she first arrived. Stories and Dreams about her childhood. Walking the aisle on her wedding day without her father. Translating and helping her mother through cancer treatments. Erika is resilient, intelligent, funny—she invokes a lot of emotion. We are so inspired by her. Enjoy La Mera Rocha.
Dec 19, 2019
Knowledge Sharing by Young Professionals
On a way way lighter note--Let’s rewind to the Beyond HB1079 Conference! We’re back to share part two of this series! In this episode, we interview mostly young professionals knowledge sharing about their experience in higher education. Many of them are currently working towards getting their master’s degrees. Many share information about themselves, their motivations, their view of liberation and all. We also got exclusive footage with the two head organizers of the Beyond HB1079 Conference!
Nov 27, 2019
Home is Here?
Shot of Truth Podcast traveled to Washington DC for the Supreme Court hearing on DACA. We interviewed people from Kansas, San Diego, Laredo, New York, San Francisco and more. Our community is so fucking powerful--it’s wild. Picture this: It was 25 degrees outside, the street in front of the Supreme Court was closed down and of course, there were tons of media. The crowds were flooded with people repping the campaign slogan, “Home is Here.” If you use social media YOU KNOW this campaign slogan. This episode is focused on highlighting the voices that are in the crowd!! The voices that traveled over mountains and rivers to be there for their communities. I also talk shit about, “Home is Here,” while acknowledging the work and thought process that went behind it--we are critical of the things we love most! Always be critical of our movement, of those leading it, of ourselves. We are powerful and this episode celebrates that. We also briefly touch on the report USCIS released,…
Nov 6, 2019
Dad Quotes and DACA is Not Enough
Shot of Truth Podcast hosted an Open Mic at the Beyond HB1079 Conference. This is part one of two in our Open Mic series. This episode highlights undocumented students that do not have DACA and how this has effected their lives as DACA is the topic of conversation in many settings. We also wanted to highlight the beautiful quotes passed along to us by our family members but in particular dad quotes were a recurring theme. The next episode will feature undocumented professionals making moves in their communities throughout the state and country. Enjoy Dad Quotes and DACA is not enough.
Oct 11, 2019
De Colombia to the New York Capitol
From Colombia to the New York Capitol--Angelica Martinez is dedicated to paving the road for other immigrant folks at the local and state level. She dreams of world peace and veganism for everyone! She shares the transition from Colombia to New York City. Her journey towards working in politics and how it has transformed her life. How she navigated undergrad and her masters program without DACA. Her status directly influenced every step she took towards the present. Join us in a talk about destiny, privilege and a journey you won’t forget.
Sep 17, 2019
Celebrating our one year: a tribute to Olga Araceli
Shot of Truth Podcast has taken you all over the country over the last year! This project has been lead by many people and we are excited to celebrate all the people involved. Our co-host Olga Araceli will no longer be recording with us so this is a funny/short episode with highlights and silly bloopers in honor of Olga. Thank you all for supporting our work! Please celebrate today with us by rating us on Apple Podcast, sharing our platforms or joining our Patreon team. Here’s to another year! https://www.patreon.com/shotoftruthpodcast
Sep 3, 2019
La Novela de Dania
Dania Jaramillo is a writer, educator and young mother to her beautiful son, Julian. Dania shares with us her journey between Sinaloa, Mexico and Mount Vernon, Washington. She was a single teen mother on a mission to prove everyone wrong. From family dynamics, navigating higher education and wanting to abolish schools (yes, schools), Dania’s motto is to remain calm, cool and collected. She recently went viral on twitter when she shared a video being verbally assaulted for being an undocumented womxn. She expresses the effects it had on her family and how you mentally cope with the repercussions of going viral. Listen for a firsthand experience on a very powerful chingona. Shot of Truth presents La Novela de Dania.
1 hr 4 min
Aug 8, 2019
Far from average–Abraham Diaz Alonso is a community organizer at the Rio Grande Valley. He works for La Union del Pueblo Entero in San Juan, Texas as an education specialist. He takes people from all over the country to the border to educate them on what is happening and how various communities are impacted. He is all over the place doing everything and nothing all at once–from his work at the border, planting peanuts and coaching little league soccer. This episode is emotional, informational, entertaining and super funny–join us in this badass episode: Average Abe. *Please donate to his little league soccer team, Venmo information below!
1 hr 12 min
Jul 15, 2019
Stuck in Chicago: Lines of Affirmation
We were stuck in Chicago. It rained, it hailed, AND we got to record with Yuriana Garcia and Steve Li. We talk about projects they’ve been apart of including the HB1079 Conference and Undocumented and Awkward Series. They shared very personal experiences including coming out as undocumented and seeing family members get detained and deported. It’s a heavy episode but also full of laughter and some serious Cancer feels. Ohhh and we got our palms read and that was an experience for us all. Join us on this exclusive episode Stuck in Chicago: Lines of Affirmation.
1 hr 15 min
Jun 24, 2019
Intelligence is NOT measured in English
Knock Knock. Who’s There? An episode on higher education, e-verify and immigrants in the workplace. We could do dozens of episodes just on that alone but here’s an intro. We talk about different resources we had navigating higher education in various aspects including emotionally. We talk about our parents and their contribution to this nation. We also celebrate our sisters for graduating! It gets personal--but that’s the point!
Jun 8, 2019
Alex Martinez is a poet, queer queen, Vice President of the Drag Committee and ACLU community organizer. He has joined us to share his poetry and life chisme! This episode is funny, inappropriate AF and not what you would expect! A special Q and A is also featured at the end--enjoy! Avoid listening around children because this is explicit content!
May 8, 2019
Cool S*** That Lasts
Alvaro is a Dream Lead Institute Fellow doing amazing s*** all over the world! He is using virtual reality to reconnect families who are separated by border imperialism. He traveled for various weeks along side the asylum seeker caravan and has great stories to share. When asked what the meaning of life is, Alvaro answered, “to make cool s*** that lasts!” Tune in to hear how he is making this his reality. It’s some cool s***!
Apr 21, 2019
Political Drama Queen
A discussion about the northern and southern border. Highlighting a visit to McAllen, Texas a beautiful border city. We discuss nature, education and community. Enjoy!
Apr 2, 2019
Political Drama Queen
Graciela Nuñez Pargas is such a Political Drama Queen. She has devoted her life to politics since she was 12 years old! Join us in listening to Graciela’s journey as we unpack how immigrant communities are subject to dehumanization and criminalization. OKURRR.
Feb 27, 2019
Puro Pinché Party
On a lighter note, here is an episode celebrating our growth and sisterhood. From Washington to Florida, Louisiana to Texas join us as we discuss embarrassing stories, heartbreak and life lessons from the road.
Feb 11, 2019
Down With Elitism
Liberals, Higher Education, Citizenship, Social Media—it’s all susceptible to elitism. Join us in challenging elitism within these structures as we reflect on how we are affected by elitism every day.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 16, 2019
Shut Him Down
A discussion about Trump’s presidential address. Discussing language, emotions, and criminalizing rhetoric. The government shutdown is on him--SHUT HIM DOWN!
1 hr 2 min
Dec 28, 2018
Bonus Episode: Spanish only Interview from First Generation
This is the Spanish only audio from the interview in The Episode First Generation presented to you has a holiday bonus episode. Enoy!
Dec 21, 2018
How Personal Is It? A conversation on Identity
How do you define being undocumented? Is it living under a social and political condition that shapes your experience in this country? Is it even an identity? Join us in a conversation where we deconstruct the word undocumented.
Dec 6, 2018
Asylum Seeker Caravan And Border Imperialism
A brief explanation about Harsha Walia’s book, Undoing Border Imperialism, connected to the Asylum Seeker Caravan traveling thousands of miles in hopes of reaching the United States of America in search for asylum and a sustainable life.
Nov 17, 2018
The immigrant generational gap is real! in this episode, we have a special guest that gives us insight into what it was like for her to move across borders. She shares her experience and sends a message to our listeners. The interview was done in Spanish and we translated it to English.
Oct 17, 2018
Beyond Latinx is focused on learning more about the undocumented Asian experience through the life of one of our colleagues (for safety reasons we will call her E). She shares personal information about her journey to America, her mixed status family and how coming out with her status has empowered her. Join us in breaking the common narratives of WHO is undocumented.
Oct 3, 2018
Bellingham’s Subdued Sanctuary
Our podcasters met in Bellingham, Washington in 2016. Immediately after they both started organizing in Bellingham and on their university campus—Western Washington University. This episode covers the immigration history of Bellingham—a border city with Canada. The common narrative is to talk about the US/Mexico border but today we are covering what it’s like to live next to the other national border. Cities throughout the United States have long histories with immigration all varied through specific state and federal laws. Join us in discussing what it’s like to live in Bellingham, Washington, the city of subdued excitement.
Sep 26, 2018
DACA Timeline Of Uncertainty
Millions of people fought for a Dream Act but what they got was something far from any solution. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals created large opportunities for a small portion of our community. DACA changed our lives and continues to give us opportunities but at the cost of many things we do not talk about. Six years later and DACA continues to be a topic being debated from both sides. As for the future of DACA all we can do is keep fighting and remain hopeful that some day we will have a viable pathway towards citizenship but also our families.
Sep 19, 2018
Myth Busting with Ozzy
On today’s episode, we invited a close friend and fellow peer to help bust some myths associated to the undocumented community. Osvaldo comes to us from Nayarit, Mexico and Wenatchee (Eastern Washington). He is a graphic designer, soccer enthusiast, and one of the OG’s that helped pave the road for undocumented students on Westerns campus. Listen in on today’s episode and learn about our truths.
Sep 12, 2018
Welcome to a Shot of Truth Podcast! Episode Zero is an introduction to who we are and this new project we have begun. Listen in to learn a little more about our life stories and experiences as undocumented womxn. In addition, our hope is to bring in voices from other undoc-folks and expand on the different identities/intersectionalities within our community. We acknowledge that this is not single issue struggle and would also love for other organizers, activist, and community members to chime in on our conversations. Thank you in advance for listening!