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The BGG Podcast - In Their Words: COVID Survivors

Welcome to the final episode of Season 7 of The Brown Girls Guide to Politics Podcast!

In our finale episode, we’re talking about the stories behind the COVID statistics. First, we speak to Kristin Urquiza, co-founder and co-executive director of Marked By COVID, about the work we still have to do for COVID survivors. Then, we’re talking to Chimére L. Smith, a long-haul COVID advocate, about her experience living with long COVID and advocating for others like her. Finally, we get a glimpse into the day-to-day of disability advocate Vilissa Thompson, founder of Ramp Your Voice.

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  • Marked By COVID is an incorporated non-profit organization focused on building community and implementing local, state, and national strategies to ensure elected officials center the needs of those most harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ramp Your Voice is an organization focused on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among disabled people.

The Brown Girls Guide to Politics Podcast is all about amplifying the voices of women who are too often forgotten in media coverage. Host A’shanti Gholar leads conversations with women changing the face of politics. In the BGG to Politics blog, A’shanti created a space for women of color to learn about the current state of politics, to support others breaking into the political sphere, and to celebrate incredible women changing the course of the country. A’shanti founded the blog in 2018 and Wonder Media Network is thrilled to extend her platform to audio.

The Brown Girls Guide to Politics is produced by Wonder Media Network.

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