14: If People Like Us Had Been at the Table

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia express disappointment at the loss of net neutrality, envision a new country under a new Constitution, and explain the doctrine around cell phones and search warrants. They cry-laugh at the corporate greed behind taking down net neutrality, find strength in vocalizing their goals for this country, and give a heads up on a new form of government tracking.

Note on “Deep Thoughts” segment: We want to acknowledge that we are on stolen land in the United States and that our deep thoughts segment ignores that fact. The conversation is useful as a means of thinking about what our ideal governance structure would be for a hypothetical country, not tied to the land we call “the United States” because we believe in the principles of decolonization – of returning indigenous land to those from whom it was stolen.

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Current Event: Net Neutrality

Here’s a really good article covering the history of net neutrality and common carriers: “Network Neutrality: A History of Common Carrier Laws 1884-2018” by Tyler Elliot Bettilyon

Here’s another good source: “Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now”


Deep Thoughts: Constitutional Convention

You can read the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.

If you’re interested in the idea of universal basic income, the Economic Security Project has some good resources, like a reading list on the subject.


Case: Riley v. California

You can get more info about the case and read the opinion here.

Here’s an article on the related case before the Supreme Court that will decide whether police need probable cause to get a search warrant tp access location information for cell phones: “Supreme Court’s Cell Phone Tracking Case Could Hurt Privacy” by Nick Sibilla.


Recommendations

Yvette recommended watching She’s Gotta Have It which is available on Netflix. Trailer below!

Cynthia recommended listening to 8tracks.com – a hub of playlists made by real humans, not algorithms. Here’s a playlist for deep studying/ writing.

13: Chiquitasode: What Can I Do to Support You?

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia and Yvette speak with Fátima, a social worker that embodies the harm reduction framework. Fátima shares an overview of harm reduction, why it’s important to respect the bodies and decisions of her clients, and how she lives harm reduction outside of her work. Importantly, everything we know about harm reduction comes from healing/resistance practices by black/indigenous queer/trans people of color and sex workers. We honor their knowledge and contributions in this episode.

You can follow Fátima on twitter @kabronapower

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


Harm Reduction

You can read about the principles of harm reduction here.

Here you can download an article that talks about expanding the harm reduction framework from drug use to sex work.


Shout Out: Ni Aquí Ni Allá

Read their call for artists and project description here! Here’s some info from one of their creative team members:

“Ni Aquí Ni Allá” is a multimedia performance and installation giving voice to Atlanta’s Latinx community.

We will revisit our childhood memories, our family traditions, our spiritual roots through a lens polished with subversion and decolonization. These are the moments that colored our lives and firmly grounded us in the cultures and narratives we have become geographically removed from. Ni Aquí Ni Allá is a window onto a vital facet of American culture, and we welcome people of all backgrounds to indulge our uniquely American blend of Latin cultures and traditions, uprooted and replanted. Through nostalgia and symbolic repurposing, Ni Aquí Ni Allá is a space for defining, decolonizing, and reclaiming our Latinx identity in all of its prismatic splendor. Come into our home, listen to our stories colored in Spanglish, perreo if the mood strikes you.

This project is supported in-part through an investment from IDEA CAPITAL, a community-based pool of funds created by and for the Atlanta arts community and in part by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS! Link in bio (English + Español) We are seeking artists who identify as Latinx, Latino/Latina, Afro Latinx, Afro Latino/Afro Latina, Hispanic, Chicanx, Chicano/Chicana to present original works that speak to their Latinidad. Estamos buscando artistxs que identifican como Latinx*, Latino/Latina, Afro Latinx, Afro Latino/Afro Latina, Hispanx, Hispano/Hispana, Chicanx, Chicano/Chicana a presentar obras originales que hablan a su Latinidad. #NANAAtl #niaquiniallaatl #latinx #latinxart #latinxartists #latinxartshow #latinxcreate #latinxpride #latinxpoets #latinxtheatreartists #artistas #performanceart #artatl #atlantaart #film #spokenword #text #photogrpahy #digitalmedia #drawing #painting #printmedia #zines

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12: Respectability Politics are a Lie

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the potential end of the Temporary Protected Status program, break down respectability politics, and analyze the case Goldberg v. Kelly. They note the erasure of Central Americans, reject respectability politics, applaud the Supreme Court for determining that welfare benefits are a form of private property, and examine the importance of due process.

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Current Event: Executive Action on TPS

Here’s an article from Aljazeera that’s helpful: “Hondurans in US live in limbo amid TPS uncertainty” by Nidia Bautista.

This is USCIS’ official page on Temporary Protected Status, which includes a brief overview of the program, eligibility, countries designated for TPS, and a link to the press release on Acting Secretary Elaine Duke’s Announcement on Nicaragua and Honduras.

Also an informative read: “Black immigrants call on Congress to extend Temporary Protected Status” by Esther Yu Hsi Lee on ThinkProgress.


Deep Thoughts: Respectability Politics

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A great example of respectability politics at work.
  • Here’s a link to the book that’s credited with first articulating the term: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham’s Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920.
  • Here’s the transcript to Bill Cosby’s speech at the NAACP 50th Anniversary commemoration of Brown vs. Board of Education.
  • An Op-Ed in the LA Times that discusses how respectability politics can get embedded into policy: “Respectability politics won’t save us from police violence” by Jamil Smith.
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Respectability politics is a trap for WOC, particularly black women, in regards to “professional clothing” as demonstrated by the controversy over Patrice Brown’s dress.

Case: Goldberg v. Kelly

Here’s information on the case, including a link to the decision.


Recommendations

  • Yvette recommended Netflix’s How to Survive a Plague.
  • Cynthia recommended checking out the Reads page on our website!

 

11: The Spanish Own the Cow

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss Eduardo Galeano’s Venas Abiertas de América Latina, the gender discrimination case Nguyen vs. INS and the case of Jane Doe — an unaccompanied minor who sought an abortion while detained in immigration custody. They discuss the economics of colonialism, how gender is analyzed under the Equal Protection doctrine, and the myriad ways in which the bodies of migrant womxn are regulated and controlled.

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


Current Event: Garza v. Hagran

Read the ACLU information on the event here and read the legal files here.

Here’s a CNN article with problematic quotes from Texas State Attorney General by Eric Levenson and Tal Kopan, “Court Delays Abortion for Undocumented Teen in Detention.

Here’s an interview by VICE with the undocumented teen, Jane Doe.


Deep Thoughts: Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America

You can buy the book here on Amazon.

When Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez met former President Barack Obama, he gave Pres. Obama a copy of the book. Read more about it here.


Case: Tuan Anh Nguyen v. Immigration and Naturalization Service

You can find the court documents, summary of the case, and a recording of oral arguments here at Oyez.


Recommendations

Yvette recommends reading Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal and other texts published by AK Press.

Cynthia recommends listening to Andra Day, an amazing artist from San Diego, CA. Listen for yourself below 🙂

10: Chiquitasode: “I’m Not Racist But…”

In this chiquitasode, Yvette and Cynthia interview professor Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, who shares the research that led to the writing of her book “Crook County: Race and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court.” She reveals the coded language used in the Prosecutor’s office to justify incarcerating black & brown folks, notes that these moral narratives are systemic, and gives warm advice for young Latinas interested in academia.


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​​​​Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award, the 2015 New Scholar Award (co-winner) awarded by American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime. She is also an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. Her award-winning book, “Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court” (Stanford University Press) was an NAACP Image Award Finalist, a two-time Prose Award Winner and a recent winner of three “Best Book” distinctions by the American Sociological Association. It has been featured on NBC News, MSNB’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.


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Buy Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court here. “Crook County bursts open the courthouse doors and enters the hallways, courtrooms, judges’ chambers, and attorneys’ offices to reveal a world of punishment determined by race, not offense.”


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6: Hold Complexity

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss the gentrification of Boyle Heights, the SCOTUS case that clarified whether disparate impact claims can be brought under the Fair Housing Act, and internalized racism. They applaud the tactics of Defend Boyle Heights protestors, note the varied solutions to housing inequality, and share how they cope with with the burden and weight of internalized racism.

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


Current Events

Learn more about Defend Boyle Heights at their facebook page and check out these relevant articles:

Follow @defendboyleheights on IG

We forgot to mention the new series coming September 7th on gentrification in Oakland. Peep the trailer:


Case: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

Here’s a SCOTUS blog post about the case – Disparate-impact claims survive challenge: In Plain English

Here’s an article from The Atlantic: Supreme Court vs. Neighborhood Segregation

Here’s the link to the District Court in Northern Texas’ opinion finding that there was no prima facie case made of discrimination under the standards by SCOTUS, meaning that their case was dismissed.

Here’s a site that gives context on the Kerner Commission and the famous Kerner report that found: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”


Deep thoughts: Internalized Racism

Here’s an excellent read that we recommend: This One Is For The Hairy Girls by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez


Recommendations

Yvette really enjoyed watching Girl’s Trip, starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish. Here’s the trailer:

Cynthia recommended listening to Latino USA’s episode: The Stolen Child since authoritarianism has been on her mind lately.

5: Womxn’s Autonomy

In this episode, Yvette and Cynthia call out Rob Kardashian’s posts of Blac Chyna as indicative of rape culture, highlight the unnecessary feticide charges brought against Purvi Patel, and discuss what Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” leaves out. They highlight the anti-blackness present in the discourse around Chyna and Rob, the increased punitiveness of abortion laws, and what reproductive justice means for women of color. Skip from 35:25 to 54:09 if you don’t want to hear “The Handmaid’s Tale” spoilers.

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


Current Events

Here’s one example of why Blac Chyna and Amber Rose are #bffforevergoals

Here’s an article on the work Kylie Jenner stole from Tizita Balemlay.


Case: Purvi Patel v. State of Indiana

Here’s the decision from the appeals court.

Here’s an article covering the trial that mentions the study by National Advocates for Pregnant Women.


Deep Thoughts

Here’s a critique of The Handmaid’s Tale that we love. It has such a great historical discussion of reproductive justice for womxn of color. We highly recommend a read!

Here’s the interview/discussion between Junot Díaz and Margaret Atwood.


Recommendations

Yvette recommended NBC’s Superstore, available on Hulu.

Cynthia recommended Chani Nicholas, especially the horoscopes.