It’s time to Reframe the issues that have been used to divide us, and start the conversations that can restore our faith in each other, renew our hope, and reweave the social fabric of this country that has been torn apart.

MariaElena is a second-generation immigrant on their mother’s German side, living in Ypsilanti. They were born in Puerto Rico, their father’s homeland, and moved to the mainland as a child. They are a radical activist whose focus is on organizing communities and fighting disparities in their personal life. After navigating a difficult situation with a white supremacist roommate in college, they were “bewildered” by people’s openness in rural areas when they were participating in the deep canvas — which gave them incredible hope.

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