Speak Your Piece

Shoresides

Shoresides accepts opinion essays on a range of topics for our “Speak Your Piece” series which

is published as text online or aired as audio as part of our podcast. We’re particularly interested in essays that share ideas or issues from the coastal region from perspectives not often heard in our traditional media. Written essays typically run from 400 to 1,200 words and audio essays from 3-4 minutes, but drafts of any length will be considered.

All Episodes

"We are all We The People. When you tell me that I can't participate in an election, you telling me I'm not a part of We The People...that makes me feel like you are still oppressing me, and you still seeing me as three-fifths of a human."Daquan Peters is the Second Chance Alliance Coordinator at LINC Inc, a nonprofit in Wilmington, North Carolina focused on reentry for formerly incarcerated people and youth empowerment. As a someone who was formerly incarcerated himself and is on federal probation for a felony conviction, Peters talks about voter disenfranchisement and why it's vital to get the right to vote back. Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Nov 2020

6 min 51 sec

"We are contributors, tax payers. We are entrepreneurs. We are business owners. We have mixed families. We are American...To me, it is important that I define who I am and I say my story, because it took me 25 years to be a U.S. citizen."Victoria Velazco says political parties and policies at the federal, state, and county levels don't always consider Latinx voters. She tells us why she believes the Latinx vote is important and how she envisions the future of leadership in the United States. Velazco is the founder of VIDA Familiar Latina Magazine and Vida Translations. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in clinical social work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Oct 2020

7 min 27 sec

Payal Shah is a University of North Carolina student from Marshallberg, NC – a predominantly white and conservative town of 400 in Down East, North Carolina.  As Shah heads to the voting booth for her first time this week, she thinks about Presidential rhetoric. And how it trickles down to affect how her family is treated in Marshallberg.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Oct 2020

4 min 15 sec

What does an oyster farmer think about when he heads into the voting booth? Kyle Frey, owner of Crystal Coast Oysters, speaks to how he'd like to see elected officials think about environment and jobs. Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Oct 2020

5 min 10 sec

Daphne Bennick has been living on Ocracoke island for the past 35 years. And she's run Back Porch restaurant there for the past 21. Bennick she speaks to what she's looking for in this election as her island goes through a "double wammy" – Hurricane Dorian recovery, then COVID-19.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Oct 2020

5 min 24 sec

Shecoria Smith, 15, reads an essay she composed about her journey to becoming a young activist. She discusses recent events in the U.S. and her community in coastal North Carolina. Smith talks about what protest means to her, and what she's doing to contribute to positive future change.Narrated by Emmanuel Ngardinga.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Jun 2020

4 min 11 sec

Jeff Mills, volunteer and Medicaid Ambassador with the North Carolina AIDS Action Network (NCAAN), reads an essay he composed with Lee Storrow, the Director NCAAN. Mills and Storrow note the positive changes to restrictions and limitations on Medicaid programs during COVID-19. They call on policy-makers to extend these considerations beyond times of crisis.Mills is a volunteer and Medicaid Ambassador with NCAAN. Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

May 2020

6 min 5 sec

"Schools here have a lot of togetherness." Jaileea Knight is an eighth grader in Tarboro, NC. The small town is home to a large reimagining public schools effort. From her perspective as a student leader, Knight speaks to school redesign momentum during remote learning – tackling interactivity and broadband limitations. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, Speak Your Piece brings you the opinions of your coastal neighbors on today's pressing regional issues.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

May 2020

5 min 36 sec

Shecoria Smith was hunkered down with her mother as the wind and rain pounded her city when a call came making her realize that tragedy from the hurricane had hit close to home. Her friend’s mother and sibling were killed by a tree falling on their house.  In this essay, Shecoria shares his personal experience in comforting a friend and the questions it raised for her about how to make each other safe in the face of hurricanes.Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, Speak Your Piece brings you the opinions of your coastal neighbors on today's pressing regional issues.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Apr 2020

3 min 16 sec

Amari Poindexter, 17, says the indifferent attitudes and racism of people during the coronavirus in coastal North Carolina remind her of how her peers responded to the Ebola outbreak when she was in middle school. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, Speak Your Piece brings you the opinions of your coastal neighbors on today's pressing regional issues. This Speak Your Piece episode is brought to you by Coastal Youth Media podcast.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Apr 2020

2 min 55 sec

Morales knows the hospitals in his communities all too well - from Emergency Room visits for the asthma attacks he's had as long as he can remember to serving as a volunteer in his high school years. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, he's anxious that his local healthcare system will be overwhelmed. But thinking back to his experience of relief efforts after Hurricane Florence, he has high hopes that his community will come together and help one another through this trying time.Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, Speak Your Piece brings you the opinions of your coastal neighbors on today's pressing regional issues. This Speak Your Piece episode is brought to you by Coastal Youth Media podcast.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Apr 2020

4 min 25 sec

Julia Narvaez didn't feel tied to her hometown, Wilmington, North Carolina. Instead, she felt disdain for the social and economic inequities in her community. But when Hurricane Florence hit, her feelings for the town changed. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, Speak Your Piece brings you the opinions of your coastal neighbors on today's pressing regional issues.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Apr 2020

3 min 16 sec

Jonny Morales, 18, talks about what it was like returning to his hometown - Wilmington, North Carolina - after Hurricane Florence. And how he, his family, and his neighbors rebuilt the remains of their community together. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, Speak Your Piece brings you the opinions of your coastal neighbors on today's pressing regional issues.Support the show (https://shoresides.org/support/)

Apr 2020

4 min