Vanessa and tracey are members of the Teenage Power
Alliance/Easthampton of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts. They explain
their quilt project in remembrance of tobacco victims. Easthampton,
Thank you Vanessa and Tracey for accepting our rendez-vous.
May I ask you to introduce yourselves?
Vanessa Rodriguez: Hi, my name is Vanessa A. Rodriguez. I am a
fifteen year old that works in the Teenage Power Alliance/Easthampton
of the YWCA of Western MA. I am an ex-smoker who had tried to help
other people try to quit. I had things to say and didn't know how or
who to say them to until I found this group. I've been working here for
almost a year.
Tracey Levy: Hi, my name is Tracey Levy and I am the coordinator of
the Teenage Power Alliance of the YWCA of Western MA. I grew up in the
early 70's when chain smoking was the norm in parts of my family. I
remember long car rides with open windows that never really helped and
many attempts at stealing cigarettes to stop my parents from smoking.