Behind the Scenes of Green Card Voices: Somali Stories

Article Published by Pollen Midwest, Written by Holly Harrison
January 29, 2016

Green Card Voices doesn’t just pride itself on telling immigrant stories that won’t be covered by other media outlets—they go about gathering those stories in a unique way as well.

“We really want to respect [our volunteers’] stories and want them to be in control of their narrative,” says Tea Rozman Clark, Green Card Voices Executive Director. They start with a lot of prep, sending their storytellers questions in advance. They work with their storytellers to the very end, letting them see and approve the edited product. And even once their story is online, they still have the option to pull out.

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The Immigrant Stories that Media Outlets Ignore

tashitaa squareArticle Published by Pollen Midwest, Written by Holly Harrison
January 29, 2016

Green Card Voices Executive Director Tea Rozman-Clark has an experiment for you. Look up Tashitaa Tufaa and familiarize yourself with how most media outlets portray him. Next, watch Tashitaa tell his story on Green Card Voices

watch Tashitaa tell his story on Green Card Voices
. Can you see the difference?

Tea explains, “Tashitaa’s an entrepreneur. He’s got a business that’s worth $12 million. But when we recorded his story, none of that is there. He talks about his life and his journey, but he never says, ‘And now we earn this much money.’ Instead he says his biggest joy is that he was able to buy a small piece of land here, because what gives him joy now is what gave him joy back in Ethiopia: farming. So on the weekend, he takes his family to go and work the land.”

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