17: Rest in Power Marielle Franco

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the tragic and infuriating murder of Marielle Franco, break down the DeShaney v. Winnebago County DSS case, a due process decision born of a tragic incident of neglect that led to a young boy having permanent brain damage, and share what “democratizing knowledge” means to them.  They shame Brazil for its genocide against afro-descendants and the US for its unwillingness to affirmatively act for its people. 

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Current Event: Assassination of Marielle Franco

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Marielle Franco, Councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro

Read more about Marielle Franco’s advocacy, death, and response here: “Say Her Name: Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Politician who Fought for Women and the Poor, was Killed. Her Death Sparked Protests Across Brazil” by Kiratiana Freelon on The Root.

“Killing of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Critical of Police Rattles Brazil” by Ernesto Londoño includes the quotes from President Temer. Read it here in The New York Times.

To learn more about the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro read this: “Brazil’s Military is Put in Charge of Security in Rio de Janeiro” by Ernesto Lodoño and Shasta Darlington in The New York Times.


Case: DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services

Read the full case and listen to the oral arguments here.

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Joshua DeShaney.

Linda Greenhouse wrote a column on the legacy of Joshua’s case after his death, “The Supreme Court and a Life Barely Lived,” for The New York Times, read it here.

To learn more about the international human rights case mentioned, read here.


Recommendations

Yvette recommended Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Buy it on Amazon here.

Cynthia recommended folks consider fostering and/or adopting.

16: Borders Aren’t Natural

In episode 16, Yvette and Cynthia shine a light on ALEC, the organization responsible for legislation like “Stand Your Ground,” reject a world with borders, and explain the recent case that permits indefinite detention of certain immigrants awaiting deportation. They warn against ALEC’s insidious agenda, discuss the importance of the right to travel, and shame the court for not finding indefinite detention unconstitutional.

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Current Event: ALEC’s Anti-Protestor Legislation

Read more about ALEC here.


Deep Thoughts: Borders 

Read an Op-Ed in the Atlantic on a world without borders here.


Case: Jennings v. Rodriguez 

Read the Jennings v. Rodriguez decision here. 


Recommendations

Yvette recommends Real Housewives of Atlanta and the book “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism” by Benedict Anderson.

Cynthia recommends utilizing the Calm app for meditation and general relaxation purposes.

15: Call It What It Is

For episode 15, Cynthia and Yvette take it back to 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, or any black person, could not be a citizen of the US (a decision later overturned by the 14th amendment), call out the FBI’s racist practices, and dive into “gaslighting.” They note the importance of unpacking the US’ horrific history of slavery, point out the dangers of complacency around government surveillance, and give tips for how to recognize when you are being GASLIGHTED.

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Case: Dred Scott v. John Sandford

Get a quick overview of the case and read the full opinion here.

Here is the video of Ben Carson referring to enslaved people brought to the US by violent force as “immigrants.”


Current Event: “Black Identity Extremist”

Read about the FBI’s category here:

Read more about past targeting of black organizations and leaders by the FBI here: The FBI’s War on Civil Rights Leaders by Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar


Deep Thoughts: Gaslighting

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The 1944 movie!

Here’s an article that goes over gaslighting: From Theater to Therapy to Twitter, the Eerie History of Gaslighting by Katy Waldman


Recommendations

Yvette recommended watching the Maze Runner (trailer below) which is in theaters now!

Cynthia recommended supporting and buying art from @iuneveno_art (see below)! #supportblackart

Also, check out the dope podcast ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? which is a bilingual podcast about Latinos in the Heart of our Country. If you want to hear stories of immigration, Latino art and culture, Latinos in the military and more, check it out.

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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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.

1: We Dropped the Diminutive

In the break-out episode of Cerebronas, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the recent detention of an immigration activist in LA, navigating an elite law school as Latina women, and Justice Sotomayor’s (arguably) most powerful dissent. They share their practice of self-care, shade white feminist jurisprudence, and critique the hypocrisy of conservatives’ free speech platform.

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