Podcasters Maria Isa & Jessica Lopez Lyman of Latina Theory moderate a discussion between authors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their new book SANCTUARY.
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Paola Mendoza, the co-founder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut in a near future dystopian where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary.
It’s 2032, 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 doing. Vali’s mother’s counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee to California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country.
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.
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.
Jessica Lopez Lyman - Latina Theory
Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar. Lopez Lyman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Maria Isa - Latina Theory
Maria Isa is a national award-winning Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, activist and recording artist. Isa is CEO of SotaRico Records, directs mentorship for the non-profit organization Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project and advocates for #Insulin4All Minnesota.
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