Garrett Hayes


“It rains more in DC and even Houston, TX than it does in Seattle.”


Brett Bergen



“Research shows that most Americans are surprisingly moderate in the midst of our highly polarized media and political parties. So, unfortunately, we either vote for whomever sucks less, or don’t vote at all. Echoing Winston Churchill, Democracy is the least worst form of government. Yet, at the end of the day, we know that we ultimately have the power to shape our own destinies, which is why we stand by and love our country so dearly.”



Omosalewa Oyelaran


“Americans have their biases that enable them to feel comfortable in the various spaces that they live, work and play.  At the same time, Americans accept such divergent views and truths and are willing to share their lives, work and play with each other.  Each one of us is working for greater success for ourselves, families and communities similar those in other countries. It is that desire to support our families and communities that makes each generation stronger.  I am blessed because of my Nigerian culture yet also appreciate the opportunity to enhance my horizon through the divergent views and cultures that cross where I live, work and play.”

Erin Ruberry


“One of the songs that every American knows is ‘America the Beautiful,’ which praises our nation’s diverse and vibrant landscape. ‘From sea to shining sea,’ the United States has both vast deserts and icy glaciers, the world’s tallest trees and skyscrapers that reach into the clouds. You could live a lifetime here and be surprised by beauty every day.”

Jessica Ault


“The thing about Americans is, while we might have different definitions of ‘freedom’, we value it above pretty much anything else. Our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to defend ourselves (physically or verbally), freedom of the press, freedom to complain about the government… we do not give them up easily.”

Russell Ames


“One of my favorite things about being an American is that we are able to simultaneously celebrate the common threads that bring us together while also celebrating the unique backgrounds that form the great American melting pot. It is the same way we celebrate the unique talents that we each can offer as individuals while also understanding the greater power we have when we come together as a community.”

Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera


“Remember struggle happens everywhere. We have struggled long and hard in the USA to achieve, and have. But the struggle is not over, so don’t be surprised if what you think is not what it is! Having said that, look for us should you arrive within our borders. We will make sure you are safer, or at least try as best we can!”