On this episode, the LMC speaks with Hilary Goodfriend about new Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele and some of his actions that are eerily similar to Donald Trump. Issues include governing via Twitter, nepotism, fighting gang violence with more violence, rolling back social programs, and insensitivity towards migration. Hilary Goodfriend is a doctoral student in Latin American Studies @ U.N.A.M. in Mexico City.
Corporate media focuses so much on the doom and gloom in El Salvador that it almost erases the beauty and the artistic identity of the Salvadoran people. So the LMC decided to take back the narrative by dedicating this episode to the artistic legacy of El Salvador’s greatest artist, Fernando Llort. For this show, we speak with Salvadoran artist Veronica Melendez and Kimberly Benavides. They are the co-creators of La Horchata Zine, a seasonal publication dedicated to Salvadoran artists and poets in Washington DC.
The undocumented LGBTQ community is a marginalized group within a marginalized group. Freelance writer Giuliani Alvarenga speaks with the LMC about both the latest on the migrant caravan story and how the LGBQT community continues its struggle for their rights, both in the US and in Central America.