Meet the new organizers and emerging leaders who will be learning and sharpening organizing skills while putting together Wayside events this summer. The program began earlier this month with the Breaking Barriers/Building Power workshop and will continue until the beginning of August. Many of you will hear from this crew as they work to plan and implement all aspects of the Wayside Commons women summer dresses for sale from outreach and fundraising to logistics and program development. In addition, they’ll be developing their skills as popular educators by planning and facilitating workshops in their local communities that help people to connect across the barriers that divide us and explore common themes in our struggles for justice.
Hello,? My name is Idalia Alvarez. I am 16 years old and my country of birth is Mexico. I am a Freshman at George Wythe High School. Also I really enjoy playing soccer & being active within the community, that is why I am so excited about this internship at Wayside. It is going to be a great opportunity to start something new and learn many things while helping others. This is something I am really looking forward to.
Hieu Tran is a Viet American power bottom born in Herndon, VA and raised in Sterling, VA where his father’s side and mother reside. The rest of the family lives in Roanoke, Hampton, and Arlington, VA, aside from two aunts, an uncle, and baby cousins in Anchorage, AK. He currently lives in Richmond with his sister. War and economic violence are why his family is on this side of the globe.
Hieu focuses on multi-issue organizing through Southerners On New Ground and, for the next two years, through a Virginia Anti-Violence Project grant committee. As one of two Wayside SONG “twinterns,” he hopes to cultivate program and fund development skills.
From his A4A: Loves: cooking, writing, drawing, BIKES BIKES BIKES, hiking, strategy RPGs, music, mysticism, and adventure.
?”jessica jude is a radical, southern, queer, black girl born and living in richmond, VA. she?s interested in building movement in community with whoever could be described as her folks, and she loves the internets, nail polish and combat boots. right now she?s thinking about questions like: what do we value as ?work? in our communities, and where is the energy of our people really going? jessica is committed to magic, and to healing in ways that enable us to free ourselves”
My name is Paloma Saucedo. I?m from Saltillo, Mexico. I have been in Virginia for about 13 years. I work as a medical interpreter. I?m passionate about language fairness and language access. I got involved with Wayside about a year ago when I moved to Harrisonburg. I took the Interpreting for Social Justice training, it was one of the best experiences I?ve had, I learned a lot about interpreting and about myself.? The training made me want to be even more involved in Social Justice and the work of Wayside. I?m excited to be part of this program so I can keep learning even more, I?m excited to meet new people and work with them.
My name is Jessica Osornio and I’m a senior at Huguenot High School. I am 18 years old and my hobbies include reading and writing. I like helping others, I’m responsible, reliable, intelligent, respectful, hard working and determined. I like to meet my goals whether personal or professional. Those qualities make me qualified for the internship, which I’m so excited about. I like to take every opportunity I can to excel and learn. I will value the opportunity to attend the program because I value education and know how important it is in opening doors.
My name is Nancy Resendiz, I was born In Michoacan, Mexico. I lived there for 8 years and then moved here to Virginia where I have now been living here for almost 12 years. Things were a little complicated when we got here because we came undocumented and did not think things would be so rough all because we didn?t have a card with a number that identified who we were. My parents wanted us to be able to live in better conditions than the ones we were living in. I am currently attending Blue Ridge Community College hight street fashion store to major in Social Work. I am very excited to be working as an intern for Wayside this year. I want to learn as many things as I can about Social Justice and I want to get to know people who have been through the same things I have gone through and are fighting to make all of this happen. Most importantly, though, I want to be able to give back to the community that helped me in my family?s hard times and help the undocumented families throughout their struggle to settle in the United States.