Main Street Transformation & Immigration Tales

There’s no question that Main Street is rapidly transforming. In 2000, immigrants made up 11.1% of the total U.S. population. By 2050, one in five people in the U.S. will have been born outside the country, up from 1 in 8 in 2005. It is predicted that in 2060, 'White/Non-Hispanics' will be 43% of the U.S. population. Jennifer (NE):  My family is Main Street. “We’re diverse. My husband was born in Guatemala, speaks Spanish, and is now a U.S. citizen. We have 2 girls and 5 boys -- we live in the heart of this country. We are Main Street.” Jennifer, one of the Mainstreet Women I interviewed for the book I'm writing, is spot on. Her family embodies U.S. Main Street transformation. Her children will be in the American majority in their adulthood. Jennifer's Main Street family is the modern U.S. immigration system tale too. She married Juan Carlos in 1995 and 10 years later, he gained U.S. citizen. Immigration System Change in the Wind (Again) The Mainstreet Women I interviewed, like Jennifer, experienced the immigration system by following existing laws and processes – something that gets less airtime -- and found it to be a dehumanizing experience. Polls show … [Read more...]

Mainstreet Women: You Keep My Hope Alive

I love Alicia’s response to “what’s one thing you’re really proud of and wish every girl could experience too?” What I wish for all girls is that they give birth to something new. Whether it is a child, a book, or a business, that’s what we’re here to do. (Alicia, CA) The book I'm writing on real women, Mainstreet Women, is giving birth. It is my way of sharing what women across the nation care about, are proud of, stand for, want political leaders to know, and wish for our country. This blog is a part of the labor (of love) to keep connected while I work toward honoring Mainstreet Women’s voices, grit and glory, to the best of my ability. A STAND Hearing and sharing Mainstreet Women’s voices with the world is also taking a stand. As our nation’s leaders bicker, wars rage, poverty grows, inequities widen, and with the Sandy Hook tragedy fresh -- I look to women to make change happen -- to keep my hope alive. And, putting Mainstreet Women's voices out in the world is a call to action. No matter what side of the political spectrum you lean, my hope is that these voices change mindsets and catalyze actions – both on personal and the public levels. Mainstreet Women have … [Read more...]

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