Several girls wave their flags proudly during the procession of El Cristo Negro outside of Santa Cecilia Church. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez
:: Diaz-Cortes: "A lot of these people come to tell their story, and they’ve been beaten down. They've been beaten down in Mexico City, they've beaten down at the border, they've beaten down when they get here. Then suddenly, 30 years later, it turns out, Wait—my story is important? It's on a blog, it's on a website, it's on Facebook. That becomes really empowering to them. It becomes empowering on both fronts because there is a space for us to tell stories that are important. Maybe we didn’t affect the whole community, but even just those ten personal stories we broadcasted, there were ten people attached to those those stories, and then another ten attached to those. It matters. Your voice on the radio matters.
"We did an event with KCRW and the people from Oaxca. There was such a mix of people all in one room. Looking back at the pictures, I thought 'That’s it—that’s LA.' Sonic Trace kind of did that. I think even those small moments are the transformative moments."