By Victor Landa, NewsTaco
Just when you think you’re ready to go, something happens to set you back a few steps. That’s what producing this episode was like, and all because of this crazy election season and a protest in Chicago.
Pilar Marrero and I had recorded the latest of our regular politics podcasts, it was in post-production, almost ready to go, then Chicago happened.
I remembered that NewsTaco’s friend Jessica Estrella has solid contacts in Chicago (she’s originally from Chi-town, although she now lives in LA) and is now the VP of Communications for the Cesar Chavez Foundation. So I reached out to her for help in finding organizers, participants, witnesses to the Friday protest at the Trump rally-that-didn’t-happen. She put me in contact with two Latino organizers who were at the protest and they gave me a first-hand account of the events. Those interviews are at the top of this episode, followed by the regular Marrero politi-talk.
There’s more to the story having to do with planting a spring butterfly garden, a severed internet line and a quick trip to the nearest coffee shop to get this podcast posted (Murphy decided to take his pesky law and plop it on my lap this time. But it’s all good, we got it done.)
Thanks to Jess for her help in scoring the interviews and Carlos, our engineer, for his patience and for sacrificing his Sunday for the cause.
Enjoy, let us know what you think!
[Photo by nathanmac87/Flickr]
What´s at stake if don´t deal with immigration reform in an honest way? Nothing less than the future of the country. A book by journalist Pilar Marrero
As the US deports record numbers of immigrants and local and state governments scramble to pass laws resembling dystopian police states where anyone can be questioned and neighbors are encouraged to report on one another, violent anti-immigration rhetoric is growing across the nation. Against this tide of hysteria, Pilar Marrero reveals how damaging this rise in malice toward immigrants is not only to the individuals, but to our country as a whole.
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