What can the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 teach us about anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiment in the US today? Before today’s concept of “fake news”, how racist and inflammatory was yellow journalism during this dark period in California history? The LMC finds out on this episode when we speak with Gerardo Licon on what the riots can teach us about today. Gerardo Licon is an assistant professor in the Program of Latin American Studies @ the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
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 LMC wraps up 2018 by spending the hour with Julio Ricardo Varela on a special joint episode with Latino Rebels Radio. We review the highs and lows of 2018 for the Latino diaspora and what it all means as the struggle for social justice continues in 2019.