July 10, 2022

Making People Matter: A Talk on Black and Asian Solidarity

Making People Matter: A Talk on Black and Asian Solidarity

(S7, EP 6): For this episode, I invited both Consuela Hendricks and Angela Lin, co-presidents of People Matter, a community-based organization whose mission is to uplift, unearth, and untether people in different communities in the Chicago area, particularly in Chinatown, McKinley Park, , Bridgeport, Bronzeville and more.  We talk about People Matter's work in improving race relations among Black/Latinx/Asian communities, and what the work of undoing anti-Black and anti-Asian racism can look like.  Both Consuela and Angela share their experiences on what got them into doing Black and Asian solidarity work and what the barriers are in dissolving tensions between communities.  Check their website at https://www.peoplematter.one and on IG @peopledomatter


Consuela Hendricks is the co-president and Director of Programs and Planning at People Matter. A 4th generation Chicagoan, she has over a decade’s experience in improving race relations between Black/Latinx/Asian communities. Her background is in technology, urban planning, and youth mentorship. She has experience with government and policy at Senator Tammy Duckworth’s office, anti-displacement in Chicago’s gentrifying neighborhoods, and direct service with homeless folks across Chicago. In her free time she enjoys making art. Angela Lin is the co-president and Director of Outreach and Development at People Matter. She is passionate about tackling anti-blackness in Asian American communities on a grassroots level, both locally and globally. Her background is in community organizing and leadership development for parents, youth and seniors in Chinatown. In her free time, she enjoys reading webcomics. 


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