On October 21st Latina Theory had the pleasure of interviewing authors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their new book Sanctuary as part of a series of speakers for International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
Artist and Activist Paola Mendoza on How We Can All be Freedom Fighters
On this episode of Tamarindo, Brenda and Ana Sheila catch up on the Presidential Debate, Trump’s virus diagnosis, and discuss words they are retiring. Next, Ana Sheila chats with film director, activist, and author Paola Mendoza, about her new book Sanctuary, co-authored with Abby Sher. Sanctuary tells the story of a young girl in a near dystopian future who is forced to flee to a xenophobic government to find sanctuary. Drawing parallels to our current political climate, the book is harrowing, but also hopeful in showing that we all have the power to effect change. As co-founder of the Women’s March, Paola tells us her family’s inspirational story of resilience which shapes her activism. Paola wants to leave readers with the sense that we can all be freedom fighters. This is especially inspirational when so many may feel discouraged. This episode will remind you that your actions can influence the outcome of this election and that we, especially Black and Brown folks, have the power to change what this country looks like and who it serves. Speaking of getting involved, check out Seed the Vote who is organizing weekly phone banking in battleground states: https://www.mobilize.us/seedthevote/ As Latinx Heritage Month comes to a close, please keep supporting Latinx authors, creators, and platforms. Buy Paola’s book at https://www.indiebound.org/ to support an independent bookstore. We reference this article regarding the word "just": https://jezebel.com/google-exec-women-stop-saying-just-so-much-you-sound-1715228159 Tamarindo Podcast is the Latinx show where hosts discuss politics, pop culture, and how to balance it all con calma, hosted by Brenda Gonzalez and Ana Sheila Victorino. Join us as we delve into discussions on culture, politics, identity, representation, and life! Tamarindo Podcast is part of Luz Collective, a digital home for Latinas. Find our episodes at luzcollective.com and we invite you to #SupportLatinaStories by contributing here: https://luzcollective.com/support-latina-stories/ Producer Jeff provides original music and sound engineering. Michelle Andrade edits the show. If you want to support our work, please rate and review our show here. Follow Tamarindo on twitter @tamarindocast or on Instagram @Tamarindopodcast #LatinxHeritagaeMonth #RuthBaderGinsburg #WomensMarch #PaolaMendoza #Sanctuary #PresidentialDebate #TrumpHasCovid
Episode Description: Claribel and Kat discuss how to refill the creative well (especially considering how stressful current events are on the creative mind). Then they interview NYT bestselling author and activist Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their new YA novel Sanctuary, making a statement with your art, envisioning a diverse future where we center […]--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writeordiepodcast/support
Ep 78: An Urgent Warning with Sanctuary’s Co-Authors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher
Mother's Quest Podcast
In this episode, I’m honored to welcome back Paola Mendoza, along with the co-author of her new book Sanctuary, Abby Sher with an urgent conversation for this moment, just a month away from our next election. Paola is an acclaimed film director, activist, author and artist working at the leading-edge of human rights all alongside being a devoted mother to her 7-year old son. A co-founder of The Women’s March, she served as its Artistic Director and co-authored the New York Times best seller Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard around the World. Abby is an award-winning writer and performer and author of Miss You Love You Hate You Bye, All the Ways the World Can End, Breaking Free, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying, and Kissing Snowflakes. Abby has written and/or performed for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, HBO and NPR and one of her essays was included in the first season of Amazon TV’s, Modern Love. Most importantly, she says, she is the mom to three very cool kiddos. I first interviewed Paola after the Women’s March of 2016, personally still shell-shocked by the election of Trump and searching to find my own voice of resistance and path to activism. Since then, she has continued to be at the forefront of social change, especially when it comes to the issue of immigration, as she has organized, demonstrated, documented stories while travelling with the Caravan and now co-written a young adult novel that is both a cautionary tale and story of hope, Sanctuary. Hope and faith run through this conversation I have with Paola and Abby just as it runs through the poignant book they co-created, a story that paints a harrowing picture of a dystopian future, an America in 2032 that microchips its citizens to easily identify and capture undocumented immigrants. It’s also a book that illuminates resilience, strength, and the power of love. I hope you’ll listen with an open heart as Paola and Abby share about the teenage protagonist Vali who becomes a freedom fighter, the mother who sets Vali on her quest, how storytelling builds compassion and calls us to action, and how you and I can spread this story far and wide and organize for the upcoming election. In doing so, we can shape a hopeful future and help make possible freedom and sanctuary for undocumented immigrants like Vali, like the families whose stories Paola has documented, like the mothers in Matamoros, and like our own neighbors, who help our communities in essential ways. Much appreciation, P.S. Know someone who would love this conversation? Pay this forward to a friend who may be interested. This Episode is Dedicated by: Lilli Rey of Bay Area Border Relief Lilli Rey is a community volunteer and human rights activist. She is a founder of Bay Area Border Relief, a San Francisco Bay Area grass roots humanitarian organization whose mission is to serve and advocate for children and families seeking their human right to asylum. She is also on the board of Protect Our Defenders and is a fundraiser for Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Lilli is the mother of 4 adult children and enjoys hiking, skiing, exercising, and traveling to new places. Follow Lilli on Social Media: www.bayareaborderrelief.org For donations: bit.ly/BABRatPVF Twitter @BorderRelief Instagram @BorderProject Facebook Bay Area Border Relief In This Episode We Talk About: The premise of Sanctuary that sets the protagonist, 16 year old Vali, on a journey for freedom to the sanctuary of California. The impact that Vali’s mother had in setting her on her quest and shaping who she is Thoughts for how we can inspire people to be informed and care about undocumented immigrants and those seeking asylum Why Abby and Paola made Sanctuary under the Young Adult novel genre and how it is a story for all of us The ways young people like Vali can lead the way Having conscious conversations with our kids about social justice issues in an age appropriate manner The importance of story to build compassion and understanding Paola and Abby’s hopes for Sanctuary’s impact MPP (Migrant Protection Protocol) and the devastating impact it has had on asylum seekers Why Paola and Abby insisted the book be released before the election and what they want us to do to get involved Paola and Abby’s experience collaborating on Sanctuary Approaching issues and activism with humility and Dr. Barbara’s Love’s Liberatory Consciousness Framework Lessons we can all learn from Sanctuary What’s next for Sanctuary…hopes for a sequel and a television series This Episode’s Challenge: For this episode’s challenge, Abby and Paola encourage us to: Get the book and read it Open our hearts as we do that Talk to our children about it and pass the book to them when appropriate Take that experience of how we are moved by it Share its impact Buy the book for others Donate the book to our libraries or request it be purchased Use this as a spark to reach out to people in our own networks and communities to better understand the immigration stories of those around us Learn More About Abby Sher: Abby Sher is an award-winning writer and performer. She is the author of Miss You Love You Hate You Bye, All the Ways the World Can End, Breaking Free, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying, and Kissing Snowflakes. One of her essays was included in the first season of Amazon TV’s, Modern Love. Abby has written and/or performed for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, HBO and NPR. Most importantly she’s the mom to three very cool kiddos. Follow Abby on Social Media: Twitter @abbysher Instagram @abbysher Facebook Abby Sher website Learn More About Paola Mendoza: Paola Mendoza is a film director, activist, author and artist working at the leading-edge of human rights. A co-founder of The Women’s March, she served as its Artistic Director and co-authored the New York Times best seller Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard around the World. Paola’s most recent book Sanctuary was released by Penguin in 2020. Paola is also a critically acclaimed film director whose films have premiered at the most prestigious film festivals around the world. Her films have thoughtfully tackled the complex issues of poverty and immigration on women and children in the United States. She was named Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She is a co-founder of The Soze Agency and is a co-founder of The Resistance Revival Chorus, the critically acclaimed women’s chorus that believes, “Joy is an act of resistance. Follow Paola on Social Media: Instagram @paolamendoza Twitter @paolamendoza Resources Mentioned: Order your copy of Abbey & Paola’s book here! Ep 16: Rising Up with Paola Mendoza Ep 07: Living Out Loud with Jenjii Hysten Ep 72: Seeking Asylum is a Human Right with Bay Area Border Relief’s Belinda Arriaga Let’s Renew Our Commitment to Racial Justice This High Holiday Season (Kveller article by Julie Neale) Dr. Barbara Love’s Liberatory Framework The interview led by America Ferrera when the book launched Announcements: Let’s Renew Our Commitment to Racial Justice This High Holiday Season I published my first piece on a topic so important. Would love for you to share with anyone you think would be open to listening and learning from these lessons/conversations highlighted. Read the Article Here If you enjoy the Mother’s Quest Podcast, we’d love your support in sharing this or another favorite episode with a mother you think would appreciate it too! Another way to help spread the word is to leave a review at Apple Podcasts. 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Listeners, this week we're back with Paola Mendoza.Paola Mendoza is a film director, activist, author and artist working at the leading-edge of human rights. A co-founder of The Women’s March, she served as its Artistic Director and co-authored the New York Times best seller Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard around the World. Paola’s most recent book Sanctuary will be released by Penguin in 2020. Ms. Mendoza is also critically acclaimed film director whose films have premiered at the most prestigious film festivals around the world. Her films have thoughtfully tackled the complex issues of poverty and immigration on women and children in the United States. She was named Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2017 and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She is a co-founder of The Soze Agency and is a co-founder of The Resistance Revival Chorus, the critically acclaimed women’s chorus that believes, “Joy is an act of resistance.”This episode is brought to you by Clarify Masterclass:Learn the skills strategies and tools needed to confidently understand the legal and creative side of your business.Pam Covarrubias and Taylor Tieman, aka @legalmiga to come together and talk about all the things we always get asked, all in one sitting.Pam will give you the steps to conduct your own brand audit and Taylor will answer all your legal Qs.They are here to help you get there, despite the changes and the shifts.They believe you’re worthy of achieving your dreams with support.Head over to spreadideasmovepeople.com/clarify to registerDuring our conversation, Paola and I talk about:Education in the United States.Self-doubt.The women's march.Her book Sanctuary. Follow Paola on all things social:@paolamendozaSanctuary Book PartyPeorder Sanctuary through Bookshohp.org (affiliate link) Follow Cafe con Pam on all things socialInstagramFacebookhttp://cafeconpam.com/ Join FREE online Recovering Procrastinator Manis Community! stayshining.club Let’s tap about all the things on Patreon! Become a Patron here.Stay shining!
Paola Mendoza, Women's March Co-founder and her new novel "Sanctuary" on Immigration MIC!
Paola Mendoza, Film Director, Activist, and a Co-Founder of the Women’s March, joins us on @immigrationmicpodcast to talk about her upcoming book “Sanctuary”! In this interview, Paola and I discuss her personal commitment to the immigration reform work, the intersections between her work in the film industry and serving as the artistic director for the Women’s March, the inspiration for “Sanctuary” and some of the books themes and elements that mirrors the difficult reality we’re grappling with. We also go into her experience being front and center election night at the Javits Center, the idea of artists working to reopen/ heal “the heart of America”, and her role as we move towards this year’s presidential elections. About Sanctuary (available for pre-order, out September 1): It's 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked—from buses to grocery stores. It's almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that's exactly what sixteen-year-old Vali is trying to do. She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont, until Vali's mother's counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, forcing them to flee. On the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her tía Luna's in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country. When Vali's mom is captured, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across this brutal country to get to safety before it's too late. Pre-Order Sanctuary: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/book/9781984815712 Paola Mendoza Twitterhttps://twitter.com/paolamendoza Paola Mendoza Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/paolamendoza "Artists We Need You" Talk @ The New School https://bit.ly/3awJJwd Tink Media https://tinkmedia.co/
On this episode we speak with the incredible filmmaker, author, actress and activist, Paola Mendoza. Paola is such an important creative voice in immigrant, women and human rights. It was wonderful to speak with her about using our collective anger and rage right now to create art that contributes to a better world. Find Paola on Twitter and Instagram @paolamendoza ---- We want to spread by word of mouth, so... please text this episode to your homegirl, your partner, your mama, your co-worker. Let them know what's on your heart. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, REVIEW AND RATE THE PODCAST! Follow us on IG/FB and send questions via email and DM INSTAGRAM @allheartpodcast Check out our website ALLHEARTPODCAST.COM Email email@example.com ---- All Heart is a wellness and relationship podcast, healing the culture with joy and pleasure. Hosted and Produced by Noni Limar Co-Produced and Edited by Debbie Allen @tribemidwifery
As women, we're missing out on a lot of fun. If we're bad at something, it can suck all the joy out of it. This week, Reshma explores how to break away from that perfection mindset. Her journey for joy takes her to an unexpected place where she has to face one of her fears. Plus, she's got a bravery challenge for you. You can tell Reshma your Brave, Not Perfect story or ask her a question by calling 347-76-BRAVE. Plus, you can follow her on twitter and instagram @ReshmaSaujani. Guests: Paola Mendoza, an activist and filmmaker, talks to Reshma about finding joy and healing while fighting back against the Trump administration. Karen Rinaldi, author of (It's Great to) Suck at Something, discusses the joy of wiping out and shares her "gospel of suckitude." (It's Great to) Suck at Something: https://bit.ly/2Lcqpsd Paola Mendoza's Instagram: https://bit.ly/2Nyf0FW --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bravenotperfect/message
Raising Good Citizens w/ Michael Skolnik & Paola Mendoza
Katie talks with Michael Skolnik (entrepreneur and civil rights activist) and Paola Mendoza (filmmaker and activist) about some of the choices they've made to raise their 6-year-old son as a compassionate citizen of the world. They discuss what they've learned from having conversations about politics, gender, race, and a host of other social issues with their son. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
1.10: Letting Love Fuel Your Work with Paola Mendoza
The Point of Pain
Paola Mendoza is an accomplished film director, activist, and author. A co-founder of The Women’s March, she served as its Artistic Director and co-authored the New York Times bestseller, Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard around the World. Paola is also a co-founder of The Soze Agency and has been the creative director for campaigns fighting for immigration reform, criminal justice reform, and incarcerated mother’s and women’s rights. She is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed, Resistance Revival Chorus (which I am a proud member of). In this episode, Paola gives us the chance to understand why she does what she does, how her mother has been a huge influence on her, how she’s braved difficult conversations with her 5-year-old about today’s current climate, when she realized that love is more effective than anger when doing her advocacy work, and so much more! To learn more, visit the show notes. Want to continue the love-fest? Follow me on Instagram!