Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, several politicians and media pundits have cited the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. However, racism and xenophobia is missing from the Spanish Flu’s dark history. So the LMC speaks with David Dorado Romo on setting the record straight on whats missing in the Spanish Flu narrative today. David Dorado Romo is the author of “Ringside Seat To A Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso & Juarez.”
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.”