Much like a public catharsis, dialogue encompassed the exhausting demands of the valley's service industry, the climate crisis and the infamous housing shortage that has pushed the local workforce out of town. Photo: Caroline Chapman // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Last night community members gathered in Miller Park for a story slam event called “Everything is Fine,” hosted by ActNow and ShelterJH.

Much like a public catharsis, dialogue encompassed the exhausting demands of the valley’s service industry, the climate crisis and the infamous housing shortage that has pushed the local workforce out of town.

From a wildland firefighter to a local of 21 years, speakers shared differing narratives, but all reflected a need for their grievances to be heard.

“Tonight we didn’t really come here to hear ActNow or ShelterJH members talk, but we do want to emphasize the fact that we are ordinary people, we are struggling with two to three jobs, we’re also struggling to take care of ourselves and also struggling to take care of what it is to build collective care,” said ActNow JH member, Iván Jimenez.

“Tonight the theme is about collective resistance and sharing the individual struggles that we all go through.”

To listen to the stories shared on Tuesday night click below.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who is lucky to call the Tetons home. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.