From @undocumedia to the Immigration MIC, @ivancejatv joins us for an exclusive podcast episode - and it’s an interview that you do not want to miss, so download it on iTunes and Soundcloud now/ watch on YouTube!
Learn about Ivan’s personal story - his love for his family and art, being an introvert - and his parent’s harrowing individual journey’s to the US from Mexico, which had near fatal consequences - and how their stories fuels Ivan’s daily motivation.
Ivan is from Compton, California - hear him talk about growing up, how he got along with different groups of people from an early age at school, and his determination to show people that “good things come out of Compton”.
He talks about the moment his undocumented status became real to him in 09’, describing it was a moment where “everything began making sense”, and the repercussions that became all too real at that moment.
The traffic stop at the college he was attending that would eventually lead him to meeting other undocumented students on campus, where he and other students worked to build support systems for themselves.
Ivan talks to us about the founding of Undocumedia which began as a DACA information website and how it turned into a digital/social media platform/ nonprofit organization reaching the most marginalized groups/ individuals across the nation.
I ask Ivan for a candid assessment about the challenges the immigration movement face, and have a conversation around the lack of investment into creators.
His reaction to the Trump campaign, how it was a joke to him until the night of the election, the private moment where tears began dripping from his eyes, and the pressure that comes along in this political moment as a public speaker, and how/why he keeps the work going.
I ask Ivan the hard questions around the current internal immigration movement, and how contentious it’s become, and we talk about the importance of people listening to each other.
Ivan leaves us with some great advice for emerging content creators, talks to us about the vision and the future of Undocumedia, and gives us some wisdom for activists in this political moment!