Immigration Podcast

The Forgetting….Char Daston

We started this series to advocate for José Juan Federico Moreno, a man who is in Sanctuary at University Church, to be allowed to stay with his family. We wanted to seek new ways to share immigration stories from multiple and diverse communities. We found that the stories that were being shared were often stories that elevated troubling narratives and sustained messaging around white supremacy. As a result, we asked our participants to think of the beauty found in the family story, but also the pain that we are often told to forget. Black and Brown communities are consistently faced with the beauty of the story, but the pain is never hidden, and cannot be forgotten. Char Daston has decided to share the story of Ourania Nicholaides, his great-grandmother.

Recorded by Char Daston

We started this series to advocate for José Juan Federico Moreno, a man who is in Sanctuary at University Church, to be allowed to stay with his family. We wanted to seek new ways to share immigration stories from multiple and diverse communities. We found that the stories that were being shared were often stories that elevated troubling narratives and sustained messaging around white supremacy. As a result, we asked our participants to think of the beauty found in the family story, but also the pain that we are often told to forget. Black and Brown communities are consistently faced with the beauty of the story, but the pain is never hidden, and cannot be forgotten. Char Daston has decided to share the story of Ourania Nicholaides, his great-grandmother. He connects hers and the stories of so many others to the Syrian refugee crisis that we are facing now. He also connects it to the stories of people like Jose Juan who are still seeking citizenship in a country that continues to debate who deserves, and what it means, to be a citizen. It is with stories like Char's that we hope for a new vested interest by those who want to join the effort to dismantle our current immigration system.

We invite you to play or download the podcast. You may also read the transcript, read the letter from Ourania to her Uncle Pericles, and view the Nicholaides family photos below.

Ourania's Family Photos

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