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In "Love Has No Borders," Ohio Asian American women share stories of immigration

Mai Lor is a Hmong American who moved to Ohio as a young child. [Reel Hoot Productions, LLC]
Mai Lor is a Hmong American who moved to Ohio as a young child. [Reel Hoot Productions, LLC]

For most Americans, you can look back at our lineages and find that our families and ancestors came here from somewhere else. Most of us are decendants of immigrants. 

OPAWL, the Ohio Progressive Asian Women's Leadership, a local social justice organization dedicated to Asian American and Pacific Islander women and non-binary people, recently released a new storytelling campaign called Love Has No Borders. 

In this project, immigrants in Ohio shared their personal stories of how they have been impacted by the U.S. immigration system, through photography, poetry, videos and even a podcast.

By sharing these firsthand accounts, OPAWL hopes to encourage its audience and lawmakers to push for more empathetic immigration legislation.

On the "Sound of Ideas," we'll start by hearing some of these immigrant stories.

Later in the hour, we'll look at the environmental challenges caused by abandoned oil and gas wells, and at the end of the show, we'll hear from Rebecca Maurer, who won the race for Cleveland City Council's Ward 12 seat.

- Houleye Thiam, Love Has No Borders

- Tessa Xuan, Co-Director of OPAWL

- Mai Lor, Love Has No Borders

- Ted Boettner, Senior Researcher, The Ohio River Valley Institute 

- Rebecca Maurer, Cleveland City Councilperson-Elect (Ward 12)

Gabriel Kramer is a reporter/producer and the host of “NewsDepth,” Ideastream Public Media's news show for kids.