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We Belong Here

Society-and-culture • Government • News

What is belonging? Can it help us counter the anxiety and polarization of our modern world? Join Civic Commons’ Frank Nam as he interviews community stewards about how we can work together differently to build a thriving greater Seattle region.

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S2 EP6: How to Help Afghan Refugees

Oct 13 • 52:29
This episode of We Belong Here is guest-hosted by Caitlin Moran, content and communications manager for Civic Commons.

Our topic is the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, and the community leaders who are stepping up to help welcome refugees and advocate for those who have been left behind.

A very special thank you to our guests:



Aneelah Afzali: Aneelah is an Afghan-American a...

S2 EP5: The Gates Discovery Center's 'Enduring COVID-19' Series

Sep 14 • 49:01
** We apologize that this episode was released later than we hope. A few of our guests mentioned projects that already occurred during the recording of this podcast. We have included links to these events below and we hope that you will look at their websites and their YouTube videos. **

In this podcast we are excited to launch our first episode of our series with The Gates...

S2 EP4: Small Business Recovery in Seattle

Jun 23 • 47:36
In this episode we are excited to partner with our friends at The Evergrey to highlight the stories of three small business owners in Seattle. We had some technical difficulties in the production of this podcast so you will notice that one of our guests does not introduce herself in the beginning. This was due to the fact that we had to re-record some of her answers.

This e...

S2 EP3: AAPI Heritage Month

May 29 • 56:55
In this episode we are excited to share a podcast to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month.

This podcast allows our guests to talk about the spike in AAPI hate crimes, the ways we felt we belong and were othered due to our ethnicity, and the things that makes us proud in terms of our racialized identities. We are grateful to be joined by Mari Horita, Vice President Community Engage...

S2 EP2: The Impact of COVID-19 with Patty Hayes and Ari Lozano

Apr 15 • 45:57
In the second episode of 2021, we hear from two guests who discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their lives and their work.

Patty Hayes is the Director of Public Health - Seattle & King County. She grew up in Longview, WA and entered the public health world after a career in nursing.

Ari Lozano (she/them) is the Program and Development Manager at All Girl Everything Ultimate Pr...

S2 EP1: Democracy with RaShelle Davis, Whitney Keyes, and Kayla Demonte

Mar 10 • 54:06
In this podcast we are excited to hear from three members of our local democracy who all contribute to our civic life in different ways. We are lucky to have RaShelle Davis. Rashelle is a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Jay Inslee. She is joined by Whitney Keyes, Executive Director Seattle City Club and Kayla Demonte, Managing Director of Citizen University.
Our guests ...

S1 EP11: 2020 Election with Colleen Echohawk, Girmay Zahilay, and Markham McIntyre

Nov 9 • 45:01
This is a special edition of the podcast that was recorded on Thursday, November 5th, two days after the 2020 election. While we now know the results of the election, this conversation still provides such honest and optimistic insight shared between three well-known regional leaders. We were lucky enough to have Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Clu...

S1 EP10: Census with Susan Balbas and Kamau Chege

Sep 24 • 56:11

In this podcast we are excited to launch our second episode of our four-part series with The Gates Discovery Center's "In Community We Flourish" events. Each event will highlight young people who are local changemakers in our community!...

S1 EP9: Veteran Leadership with Linh Thai, Jesus Carbajal and Chris Franco

Sep 4 • 01:16:22

In this podcast we are excited to hear from three members of our local community who all have served in combat with the United States Army. We are lucky to have Linh Thai, City Impact Manger of The Mission Continues. Linh also spent over six years working for US Congressman Adam Smith. He's joined by Jesus Carbajal, Development & Operations Manager at Seattle Foundation an...

S1 EP8: Resilience with Evana Enabulele, Mariama Suwaneh and Ashraf Hasham

Aug 11 • 48:24

In this podcast we are excited to launch our four-part series with The Gates Discovery Center's "In Community We Flourish" events. Each event will highlight young people who are local changemakers in our community!...

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