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Nopal Kweenz started as an Idea in a parking lot three years ago. We had no idea that we would still be here in the community three years later with all of you! We are excited to enter a new season and invite y'all to check out this episode to learn more about what we are doing and where Nopal Kweenz is headed. We have so many sueñitos for this podcast and are looking forward to bringing them to life. Thank you for Supporting this Latina Driven podcast. We could not do this without you, our community. We have a seat waiting for you at the table; see you soon.

Much Love,

Nopal Kweenz

Episode 21: *Cries In Spanish

Hola, listeners! 
We know it has been a while since we dropped an episode. You all know this past year has been rough AF, but we made it...barley  Nopal Kweenz is bringing you this episode to celebrate the end of a season.  Join us for an hour-long special dedicated to La Rosa. In this episode, we dive into friendships, growth, and life transitions.  We cry we laugh, and we reflect on life this past year.  Stay tuned. We have exciting things in store for you all, and we will be announcing them soon!
We hope you enjoy this episode and help us celebrate season 1 of Nopal Kweenz.  It's a good one. You don't want to miss it *Cries in Spanish.

Episode 20: Cuarentena Holidays

Hola Gente,

2020 is coming to an end, and it's been quite the year *cries in Spanish*. We are still living through a pandemic, and this year the Holidays are looking different. In this episode, we want to validate all of the feels that this pandemic has brought us, especially during the Holiday season. We cry and we laugh. We get a little frustrated because let's be real, we miss our families, friends, and life outdoors. We explore opportunities to create some new traditions with our loved ones in quarantine while still holding onto childhood traditions. 

We have no idea what 2021 will bring, but we are in it together. We will continue to invite you all to have a seat at our table and chat with us.

Feliz Ano Nuevo!

-Nopal Kweenz 

Episode 19: Post-Election Vibes

And we are back with a fresh new episode for you all. Episode 19 is here! We don't know how Nopal Kweenz did it, but we survived the election. *Cries in Spanish*  Like many of you, we went through so many feels, and we are happy to be on the other side. We recognize that we have a lot of work to do in the Latinx community. We will continue to raise our voice, organize, and remind folks that Latinos are not homogenous. We are beautifully diverse and come in all shades. Join us at our table as we talk about our post-election feels, division in the Latinx community, our thoughts, what we learned during this time, our takeaways, and what we hope to accomplish as a community moving forward. 

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Episode 18: Cuarentena Life

Hola Gente! We missed you all! This Pandemic has us all going through it. This episode is dedicated to all of you, our listeners. In this episode, we catch up and get real about life during a pandemic. We are all adjusting to life in quarantine (cuarentena), and this episode is more of a chit chat where we bring on all the validation and healing vibes. We appreciate you all for the love and support you have shown us throughout the podcast. You are not alone in this struggle. We see you, and we are in this together.  Grab a snack, snag your seat, and get ready to chat with us.

Much love,

Nopal Kweenz

Episodio 17: Racismo, Privilegio, y Anti-Negritud en la comunidad Latinx

Nopal Kweenz Episode 17 is here. We dedicate this episode to our Spanish Speaking Latinx gente! Grab your tias, tios, Abuelos, Primos, primas, Madres y padres. You do not want them to miss out on the Nopal Kweenz Spanish episode!

We have two fantastic guest speakers, LaToya Jackson-Laínez and Norma Mendoza. LaToya Jackson-Laínez identifies herself as an Afro-Latina (her mother being Mexican and her father African-American). LaToya is Director of Human Resources with a focus on issues of equality and inclusion for communities of color and is also a professor of Communications.

Norma Mendoza is a public policy and administration professional. She currently works as a policy analyst regarding the care of foster youth in California.  Her experience and interests encompass immigrant rights issues, racial justice and environmental sustainability, and education policy. 

Together, They will lead us in a conversation about Racism, White Privilege, and Anti blackness in the Latino Community!  This episode is raw and authentic. We throw in some Spanglish; we struggle to find the words to express ourselves, but here we are.  We hope this episode will inspire you to bring these conversations into your homes. Change starts with all of us. We can no longer remain silent as our Black Brothers, and Sisters' lives are taken. This fight is our fight too!

Nopal Kweenz Episode 17 ya está aquí. Dedicamos este episodio a los miembros de la comunidad que hablan español. Agarra tus tías, tíos, Abuelos, Primos, primas, Madres y padres. ¡No dejes que se pierdan el episodio en español de Nopal Kweenz!

Tenemos dos oradores invitados fantásticos, LaToya Jackson-Laínez y Norma Mendoza. LaToya Jackson-Laínez se identifica como una Afro-Latina (su madre siendo Mexicana y su padre Afro-Americano). LaToya es Directora de Recursos Humanos con un enfoque en temas de igualdad e inclusión para comunidades de gente de color, y también es profesora de Comunicaciones

Norma Mendoza es una profesional en administración y políticas públicas. Actualmente trabaja como analista de políticas con respecto al cuidado de jóvenes de crianza temporal en California. Sus intereses y experiencia incluyen temas sobre derechos de los inmigrantes, justicia racial y sostenibilidad ambiental, y políticas educativas.

¡Juntas Nos guiarán en una conversación sobre el racismo, el privilegio de ser blanco y la lucha contra la Anti-negritud en la comunidad Latinx! Este episodio es crudo y auténtico. Agregamos algo de spanglish; luchamos por encontrar las palabras para expresarnos, pero aquí estamos. Esperamos que este episodio los inspire a llevar estas conversaciones a sus hogares. El cambio comienza con todos nosotros. Cuando una comunidad sufre, todos sufrimos. Ya no podemos permanecer en silencio mientras nuestra comunidad negra sufre a manos de la supremacía blanca. ¡Esta pelea es nuestra pelea también!

Episode 16: Si Se Puede: Celebrating the Class of 2020

In this episode, Nopal Kweenz celebrate the graduating class of 2020 with a special focus on the mental health impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on graduating seniors. From K-12 to Universities, graduates from all over are grieving the loss of their last months of school. For the Latinx community, graduation symbolizes a family's strength, resilience, and promise for a better tomorrow. Losing this tradition has been devastating for some of our gente. We explore these feelings, highlight and lift up our seniors, honor their hard work, and offer ways to cope through this time. Graduates and their loved ones don't want to miss out on this very special episode! ¡Felicidades!

Episode 15: Coping Through National Crisis

Hola Communidad! Episode 15 is here and we are dropping it Quarantine Style! Like all of you, Nopal Kweenz are staying in our casitas and doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe. This episode is all about learning how to Cope Through a National Crisis. We decided to create space for this conversation because we are all impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we honor the genuine feelings that people are experiencing, discuss how stress shows up in our bodies, and share how to take care of ourselves when things are uncertain. You all need to know... We are in this together!


Here are some Mental Health Websites and Hotlines to check out:


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255) 

Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741-741 

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Line - 800-985-5990

The National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233)

The National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Episode 14: There Is No Right Way To Be Latina, Latino, Or Latinx

In this episode, the Nopal Kweenz explore the many layers of Latinidad from a holistic lens. We get into the racial identity model, acculturation, and hear from listeners about their own experiences defining Latinidad. We explore the impact it has on how we build identity as Latinx individuals living in the United States and how this ties into our mental health. Our intention for this episode is to provide rich dialogue so that you walk away feeling validated and free to identify however you want! After all, there's no right way to be Latina, Latino, or Latinx. Do you, boo!

Episode 13: Thriving and Surviving the Holidays

We are ending the year with 13 episodes in the books! Thank you all for the love and support. We have had a great year and truly enjoyed producing episodes for you all. To wrap it up we are ending the year with a fun episode focused on how to Thrive during the holiday season. We share some of our favorite memories, we honor our loved ones and we create a space to talk about mental health during this time. Grab a snack, some headphones o ponte el seatbelt this one is a fun one yall!

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