Alicia

Who am I? Like the tall mountains in the sky, my legs stretch for milesLike my beautiful melanin family, my smooth skin is gold. *splash*Thinking of the gentle sounds of the waterfalls back home *vroom*The cars rush past furiously leaving behind the stench of motor oil.The smell brings me sadness and reminds me of where…

Alexander

Power comes in all shapes and sizes.Something people have over others.Humans have power, overused Power sometimes. People use power,In many ways.We misjudge powerWe are given,Use it on the ones without it,And their falls are given. Some use power toHelp others.They use it to make Everything great,Make it nice for themselves or people.That’s how the community…

Shafin

Power: What Is It? Power comes in all shapes and sizes. Something people have over others. Humans have power, overused Power sometimes. People use power, In many ways. We misjudge power We are given,Use it on the ones without it,And their falls are given.Some use power toHelp others.They use it to makeEverything great,Make it nice…

Amal

Amal is a DJ in Washington, D.C., who grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland. “At first, I was kinda like bummed out. I mean like every other musician just kinda saw their gigs just kinda drop like flies. Like within – I kid you not- within 72 hours my gigs from now until September had…

Liz

Liz is a second-year undergraduate student. She is the daughter of an immigrant and a refugee. “I was really frustrated with the university, because I felt they made their decision based on the assumption that everyone has a stable home to go to, a home they wanna go to, which is definitely not true.” Interview…

LaShae

LaShae is a frontline grocery-store worker who lives in Crofton, Maryland. She is twenty-eight years old. “I get a lot of “thank you’s” for what we’re doing. We are at an equal risk to nurses with coming into [contact] with more than 100 people a day. I think it is good to be viewed as…

Natasha

Natasha is a mental health therapist licensed in the state of Maryland. She currently works under Choice Clinical Services, a women-led mental health practice with two locations in College Park and one in Greenbelt. As a therapist, a lot of clients think you have everything together, and it’s so not true—like, nobody does. I’ve never…

Sandy

Sandy works at the National Organization for Women. “We have been fighting for the rights of, y’know, women and poor families for years and so we’re just … still doing that. Of course, right now it’s so much more important because you have all these people without health care and… paid leave, and so they’re…

Dezmond

Dezmond Ouzts is a frontline worker who lives in Waldorf, MD. He is twenty-six years old. “I believe the company will view me and fellow co-workers, as they always should have, with more respect, dignity, appreciation, and concern going forward. Death and loss has a defining impression on human beings. It is humbling to understand…

Anya

Anya* is an international student who graduated from her master’s program in fall 2019. “So I am in College Park and everybody is home. So it’s kind of become a ghost town here. I just moved into a new place and I barely know my roommate…” *Pseudonym provided by the interviewee. Content warning for brief…