Before the story of the "discovery" of America that we learn in school, this land we call Phoenix was inhabited by Native nations, including the O'odham Jewed, Akimel O'odham (Upper Pima), and Hohokam, for centuries. We make this land acknowledgment because the systems of oppression that dispossessed Native populations then continue today, oppressing the Native groups that continue to live here as well as other black and brown communities.

We also recognize that on this stolen land, all but those who are Native, and descendants of enslaved peoples are immigrants whether we arrived days, years, or decades ago. To remind us of our foreign origins, we have a series highlighting PLAN's immigrant roots -it features the immigration histories of staff, community members and partners, and board members. This month, we are sharing Gladis Molina Alt’s story.

Miss any of our immigrant stories? Check them out below.