After The Mississippi Raids

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My thoughts: In 1954, the United States overthrew the liberal government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, one of a long list of U.S.-supported coups in Latin America.  What “crime” did Arbenz commit? Arbenz challenged exploitative US corporations operating in Latin America. Today, Guatemalans migrate to the United States.  Their lives are difficult in Guatemala and […]

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The Fight Against the ‘Sheriff Joe’ of Massachusetts

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My thoughts: Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal is fighting the good fight, and his work should receive the coverage and praise it deserves.  As the episode showcases, authoritarians despise being challenged and will retaliate if they can.  It takes courage and tenacity to hold them accountable and Espinoza-Madrigal is doing just that. Their description: “Bristol County Sheriff Thomas […]

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Vincent Bevins, The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade & the Mass Murder Program that Shaped our World (Public Affairs, 2020)

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My thoughts: What do Indonesia, Chile, and Brazil have in common? Answer: They’ve all experienced the extreme violence of U.S. imperialism. It’s truly horrific to read about what the United States has done in Latin America and in other parts of the Third World. It’s just horrific. Their description: “Why did the word “Jakarta” appear […]

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David G. Garcia, Strategies of Segregation: Race, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality (University of California Press, 2018)

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My thoughts: Latinx people have many hidden histories in the United States. The long and brutal history of lynching Mexicans is being written now (see Forgotten Dead), while Garcia is teaching us more about the little-known history of segregating Mexican children in US schools. As Garcia argue, this wasn’t an accident, this wasn’t an unintended […]

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Cynthia E. Orozco, Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist (University of Texas Press, 2020)

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My thoughts: If we don’t write our history, others will write it for us. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be disappointed by what you read. Orozco has devoted her career to unearthing our people’s history. This is another powerful example of her life’s work. Their description: “In Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican […]

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