Following an undemocratic legislative coup against president Martin Vizcarra, Peru finds itself in a democratic crisis. So the LMC speaks with Veronica Hurtado Lozada about the crisis and how the Peruvian public has mobilized to express outrage via social media during the Coronavirus pandemic. Veronica Hurtado Lozada is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia.
Unlike other protests that have recently taken place in Chile and Ecuador; the national strike in Colombia is not as clear-cut as one might believe. However, the violent nature of US-backed Colombian president Ivan Duque’s administration is not in question. So the LMC speaks with Pablo Medina Uribe, a freelance journalist and editor-in-chief of ColombiaCheck, to try to understand the Colombian public’s various grievances.
On this episode, Tomas Summers-Sandoval talks about the little known history of Latinos in the Vietnam War and how the number of Latinos in that war was a lot larger than people realize. He also talks about the forgotten legacy of the Chicano Moratorium of 1970, one of the largest minority-led, anti-war movements during this period. Summers-Sandoval is an associate professor of History &Chicanx/Latinx studies @ Pomona College.