Predating the riots in Los Angeles, the Mount Pleasant Uprising in 1991 marked a turning point for Washington DC’s Central American community as well as the beginning of the gentrification movement that has transformed the city. So the LMC spends the hour with DC activist and poet Quique Aviles to reminisce on this period in DC history and what has happened to the community since.
In our latest installment to our Undocumented & LGBTQ series, the LMC speaks with Alexandra Rodriguez de Ruiz on how the pandemic has taken its toll on the Latinx LGBTQ community & the leaders that have been lost. Alexandra Rodriguez de Ruiz is a transgender activist, scholar, and co-founder of El/La Para TransLatinas.
The Monroe Doctrine of undermining democracy in Latin America finally came home to haunt its creators. Following the deadly white-supremacist coup attempt in the Capitol, the LMC speaks with James Early on how US foreign policy in Latin America manifested itself in the MAGA insurrection. James Early is the former Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary for Education and Public Service.