On a special May Day 2020 episode, the LMC speaks with Angela Stuesse about the challenges facing immigrant workers in the meat-processing and farming industry regarding safer working conditions and human rights during the Coronavirus pandemic. Angela Stuesse is a Cultural Anthropologist @ the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is also the author of, “Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South.”
Before the Coronavirus, Haitians faced the dangers of Cholera. And before the current health pandemic, Haitians have been fighting US-imposed neoliberalism. So the LMC spends the hour with France Francois about Haiti’s pushback against neoliberalism and how the Coronavirus stands in the way. France Francois is a social activist and the founder of In Cultured Company.
In 2017, a fire at the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asuncion orphanage in Guatemala killed at least 41 girls. Three years later, it is still a symbol of government negligence and femicide in Guatemala. Award-winning novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman joins the LMC to recount the events both during and after one of the saddest moments in recent Guatemalan history. Francisco Goldman is the author of, “The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop.”