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Jazzmin A.

Iran-USA, Mexico-USA

27, Creative / Bruja / Yogi
Los Angeles, CA

Why did your family come to the United States? My baba came to America in 1980 after the 1979 Iranian revolution. He was a freedom fighter. My grandfather knew my baba and his brothers and sisters would continue to resist after the revolution, so he spread his children all over the globe in hopes of asylum and safety. Some landed in France and Germany. My baba was lucky and landed in red ass Kansas. My mother's family is from Chihuahua and Jalisco Mexico. They came to L.A. as migrant workers in the 1920's after resisting with Pancho Villa. My family does not play. RESIST.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? Head surgeons and nurses who made American medicine their life practice. Auto body mechanics with Iranian physics backgrounds, so you know your car and families are safe on the road. Head hunters who help Americans land dream jobs. Homeopathic healers who know the earth and how to calm your broken heart. Make up artists that enhance the beauty in all complexions. Poets and singers, who teach how to process the everyday. Yoga teachers that empower communities of color, not appropriate. ESL teachers that teach students how to speak English. Most importantly, my family is generous and vibrant. We were always the house with hella family and friends bumping oldies or grooving to Soul Train.