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StoryCorps San Joaquin: A Daughter Learns More About Her Grandmother's Social Justice Legacy

Emily and Valerie Gorospe


And now to StoryCorps San Joaquin, a series based on our collaboration with the personal history project Storycorps. In this edited conversation from February's 2020 mobile tour in Bakersfield, 15-year-old Emily Gorospe interviews her mother Valerie Gorospe about her grandmother, Teresa De Anda.

De Anda became a fierce environmental justice advocate after a pesticide drift poisoned people in the town of Earlimart in 1999. Valerie starts by describing what De Anda called The Big Accident.

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