On this Juneteenth 2020, the LMC spends the hour with Dr Fred McGhee on the importance of Juneteenth in Texas and what it still teaches us about racial tensions we see today. Fred McGhee is an archaeologist and urban and environmental anthropologist. He is a leading scholar-activist of the African Diaspora in the United States and a Texas based advocate and activist, particularly on affordable housing, education, community policing, and environmental justice issues.
On this episode, LMC co-producer Abby Roberts takes the lead and spends the hour with Never Again Action organizer Sonya Mendoza about the continued importance of defeating the for-profit migrant detention system in a time of police violence and a health pandemic. Never Again Action is a movement of Jewish people and allies fighting back by taking nonviolent direct action to end the United States’ cruel immigration policies.
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.”