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Raíces Verdes

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Raíces Verdes is a platform dedicated to validating, archiving and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, in connection to the environment. Raíces Verdes is a podcast for healing our relationship to the earth and with each other. Hosted by Samara Almonte, La Fresa de Rancho Artwork by Dario Castellon

Raíces Verdes is a platform dedicated to validating, archiving and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, in connection to the environment. Raíces Verdes is a podcast for healing our relationship to the earth and with each other. Hosted by Samara Almonte, La Fresa de Rancho Artwork by Dario Castellon


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Raíces Verdes is a platform dedicated to validating, archiving and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, in connection to the environment. Raíces Verdes is a podcast for healing our relationship to the earth and with each other. Hosted by Samara Almonte, La Fresa de Rancho Artwork by Dario Castellon






In the Fire: The Medicine For Tragedy is Community

Erica & Niria are two Chicanas from the Northwest organizing mutual aid efforts for members of the Talent, Phoenix and Medford community who lost everything due to the recent #Almedafires. Specifically, they are raising funds to support Latinx & immigrant community members who were previously residing in mobile homes and were severely affected by the fires. In this episode we discussed the environmental implications & injustices on BIPOC when disasters occur, and how mutual aid rooted in...


Latinidad: Representation for Who?

Latinidad, or the Latinx identity is messy. But we need to talk about the messiness of it so we can be critical of what we mean when say we want diversity in the "environmental movement", in people leading the work of sustainability. Within the Latinx community, who is most impacted by environmental injustices? Is it our Black-Latinx community members, Indigenous people? What is a White-Latinx and where is all this nuance coming from? I hope this episode sparks conversation and something...


Protectors Of The Salish Sea

Chiyokten of the Saanich tribe shares medicine through the form of storytelling and reminds us that we have a choice in how we are in relationship with land, water and everything else on this earth. To support their work visit https://protectorsofthesalishsea.org/ https://www.facebook.com/ProtectorsOfTheSalishSea/


Radical Black Ecology

Gabrielle Felder is a freelance graphic designer, social media artist, and culture critic. Originally from Orange County, California, Gabrielle currently lives in Portland with her fiance. After beginning her master’s degree in Environmental Health at University of Washington, Gabrielle realized that her true passions lie in art & design, writing, marketing, and activism. She is the creator of the social media platform on Instagram @gfx_prints, which sparked the topic of this episode,...


Abolition & the Outdoors

Ki’Amber Thompson is a queer Blaxicana educator, organizer, artist, and entrepreneur from the West Side of San Antonio. Since graduating from Pomona College in 2018 she’s done environmental justice work in Flint, Michigan through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan and spent a year in Washington, D.C. doing policy, research, and storytelling work with the Ocean Conservancy. Ki’Amber is the Founder and Director of the Charles Roundtree Bloom Project, an...


Slowing Down to the Beat of the Earth

A soundtrack featuring the Earth stories of 6 BIPOC and their healing journey with land and water. Slow down, take a moment to rest and reflect on your own Earth story as you listen to the soundtrack. Thank you to Paul, Carol, Hannah, John Wesley and Jasmmine for allowing me to record their stories and be part of this work. Special thank you to @_carina.carina for the cover art, and @paliboyoriginal for the music featured in the podcast. Below you can find more information about the...


Black Environmentalism & Settler-Colonial Education

Ashley Abena* Arhin (she/her)| *(Uh-bin-uh) Born and raised in unceded Duwamish Territory also known as Seattle Washington, Abena is a Black woman of Ghanaian decent with kinship in the In-land Ashanti and Coastal Fante tribes. She received her Bachelors Degree from Western Washington University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Education and Social Justice in 2018. Entitled “Understanding Black Connections to Land and Place through Anti-Blackness in the United States” she spent...


Islam As the Deepest Green Root

Kadiatou(Ka-djah-tou)Balde is a 22-year-old Black Guinean-American Muslim womxn. She’s a social architect with a passion for BI&POC community-based sustainability and entrepreneurship - rooted in Islam. Upon graduating last May, she worked with 12 different non-profit organizations as a Diversity in Arts Leadership intern, where she learned the importance of BI&POC solutions and leadership that led to her co-creation of Faithfully Sustainable. To follow her work check out...


Islam & Ethical Fashion

Zainab Koli is an Indian American Muslim woman whose work sits at the intersection of sustainable fashion, community organizing, and Islam. She is the Co-Founder of two Muslim community organizations, Faithfully Sustainable and NY MSA Showdown. She plans to continue bringing together her background in fashion design and product development and community organizing to build just fashion systems free from social and environmental exploitation by centering the voices and solutions of BIPOC...


Latinx, Muslim & Sustainable

Cassandra Tejada is a promoter of sustainable fashion and sustainable living. She sets out to take up space within the sustainable fashion community as a Muslim, Dominican, Peruvian, Colombian women. Cassandra shares her own modest and sustainable style and Islamic lifestyle on various online platforms, and she is also an aspiring entrepreneur who is working towards launching a sustainable, modest clothing line. IG: @cassandra_laflor TikTok: @cassandra_laflor YouTube: Cassandra La Flor


Raices Press: Healing Through Storytelling

Aleyda or Mari for her familia, is from a small town near Guadalajara, Mexico. She graduated from Fairhaven College with an Interdisciplinary major titled “Solidarity Across borders: Understanding Experiences and Imagining New Realities through Storytelling” and a minor in Education and Social Justice. Aleyda is the content curator for Raices Press, a platform to find book recommendations, book reviews, and writing events. Raices Press has a strong focus on social justice and highlighting...


The Chisme on Ecofascism & Healing

From life transitions, COVID-19, ecofascism and all things healing, I wanted to share with you all some chisme. New episodes are coming, because I believe more than ever this is the time to archive and share our stories as Black, Indigenous, People of Color. We are here, we been here, and we will exist in the future. For COVID-19 resources go to https://nuestrasraicesverdes.com/resources/covid-19/


"I will plan your ass out of this city!"

In this episode, I interviewed Dario Castellon for the second time as part of the series featuring the artists of Raíces Verdes. Dario is the visual artist for the podcast, and a colleague from my time at Huxley College of the Environment, where we both received a B.A in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. For this episode, Dario and I spoke about our experiences in the predominantly white and cis-male dominated field that is Urban Planning. As Black, Indigenous, People of Color, how...


Holy Olives & Imperialism

Sofian Mahmoud is a Palestinian-American creative, and musician born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, that goes by the name Paliboy Original. He is the artist behind the music you listen to during the introduction of the podcast, and recently won Western Washington University’s Freestyle Rap Battle competition hosted by AS Productions and Revival Events. In 2019 they led a workshop titled "Palestinian Indigeneity: Borders & Displacement" alongside their colleague and friend Saniah Naim...


Medicine In Our DNA

In the last episode of the series, "Beyond Chicanismo: Indigeneity & the Environment", I interviewed my mentor and close friend Simón Sedillo. Simón teaches geopolitics and political economy and he also coordinates a study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico for native students from the USA. To access Simón's work about the effects of and community based resistance to neoliberalism, militarism, and white supremacy visit https://elenemigocomun.net/. If you are interested in bringing Simón...


No Borders on Indigenous Land

In the second episode of the new series, "Beyond Chicanismo: Indigeneity & the Environment", I had the pleasure of interviewing my former roommate and close friend Cindy Marquina-Negrete. Cindy is a fearless-ish indocumentada born in Mexico City with familial roots in Oaxaca, Guerrero & Morelos. She was raised in the Bay Area for 13 years before moving to Tukwila, WA. Currently she resides in Bellingham, WA where she'll be graduating in the Spring with a degree in Human Services. In this...


Placed-based Identities

Ane Leon Guerrero, is a Xicana -Michoacana from Oregon, currently living in Seattle, with a Masters in Higher Education. She enjoys creating and supporting the arts, specifically arts by and for QTPOC. But most importantly she works on cultivating community with other women of color. In Episode #1 of Season II, Ane and I discuss Chicanismo, Indigeneity, and how these identities become more complex as we think about their construction under certain geographical spaces. For more resources on...


New Series! Beyond Chicanismo : Indigeneity & the Environment

Welcome back to Season II of Raíces Verdes ! In this episode I give an update on what I have been up to since November of 2019, and where Season II is headed. The new season will premier on February 4th, 2020 with a new series. Beyond Chicanismo: Indigeneity & the Environment will be a series composed of 3 episodes featuring guest speakers. They all will speak on their own experience with the Chicanx identity, their indigenous ancestry and how all these identities connect to their raíces...


Uncolonized : No ThanksTaking

Bonus Episode! Although it's especially important to affirm Indigenous resilience on all "holidays" that promote White supremacy against Indigenous people, EVERY DAY IS STILL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY! This special almost 2hr long episode centers around Chris, his family, and their independent film titled "Uncolonized". Together we discuss the education system and it's effects on Native people, solidarity across Native peoples such as the displaced people of Palestine, relationships to land...


Craig of the Creek : Media Representation

Craig Freeland is an environmental educator who recently graduated from Denison University. In this bonus episode for Raíces Verdes, Craig shares his love for the Cartoon Network show "Craig of the Creek", a show centering the experiences of a Black boy exploring the outdoors.