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In The Thick
39 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Maria and Julio are joined by Chabeli Carrazana, economy reporter at The 19th, and Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and Economy at the Economic Policy Institute, for a discussion on COVID-19’s impact on women in the workforce. They discuss government efforts to curb the growing “shecession” and the pandemic’s toll on mental health for parents and healthcare workers, the majority of whom are women. We also hear from Milagros Cancel, a Puerto Rican mother of three and founder of Comité Timón People and Families Chapter NYC. ITT Staff Picks:In her latest for The 19th, Chabeli Carrazana describes the rise of mental health consultation as a means of lowering sky-high expulsion rates in preschools.“You can’t use food stamps to pay for diapers. You can’t use a housing voucher to gas up your car or pay a babysitter. But parents will be able to use this money on whatever they need to, stabilizing family finances in a way no other program does,” writes Annie Lowrey in this piece on the child tax credit in The Atlantic. In this piece for Politico, Megan Cassella breaks down the pandemic’s impact on women’s workforce participation, barriers to returning to the labor force, and what the path forward may look like. Photo credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
ITT Sound Off: A Study in Greed
Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the ruling of DACA as unlawful by a Texas-based federal judge. They also talk about the Tokyo Olympics and the health toll it could take on the city and Japan, and the ongoing coal miners strike in Alabama, which first started in April. ITT Staff Picks:Thousands of prospective DACA recipients are left in limbo yet again because of a federal judge’s recent ruling against the program, reports Isabela Dias for Mother Jones.Health officials and the Japanese public worry that the Tokyo Olympics could become a COVID-19 superspreader event as cases rise throughout the city, Zaheena Rasheed reports for Al Jazeera.For The Nation, Kim Kelly, an independent labor journalist, reports on the historic coal miners strike in Alabama: “A hundred and thirty-one years later, the current members of District 20 are out on an unfair labor practices strike against Warrior Met.”Photo credit: AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Courts of the Conquerors
Julio and Maria are joined by ITT All-Star Jenni Monet, independent investigative journalist and founder of the newsletter Indigenously. They dive deep into the harrowing revelations about former residential schools for Indigenous children in the U.S. and Canada. They also talk about reclaiming Indigenous narratives in the media, and what restorative justice might look like for Indigenous communities.ITT Staff Picks:“We did not forget all the children who never returned. We kept their memory alive, never giving up on them,” writes journalist Ruth Hopkins in this piece for Teen Vogue. In this piece for The Tyee, Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty analyzes the news media’s role in the dehumanization and oppression of Indigenous peoples in Canada.This piece for National Geographic offers insight into the Lummi Nation’s “Red Road to D.C.” totem pole tour, intended to build awareness around endangered Indigenous sites.Photo credit: AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
A Time to Be Bold
Maria is joined by Marcela Hernandez, organizing director with Detention Watch Network, and Mustafa Jumale, co-founder of Black Immigrant Collective, to discuss immigration policy and the intensifying situations in Haiti and Cuba. They unpack the Biden Administration’s immigration proposals, and the ways that anti-Blackness permeates the U.S. immigration system. We also hear from Patrice Lawrence, co-director of the UndocuBlack Network. ITT Staff Picks:For Teen Vogue, Silky Shah, executive director of Detention Watch Network, shares her organization’s strategies for shutting down ICE facilities in local communities. Rowaida Abdelaziz, reporter for Huffpost, writes about racism Black immigrants face within the immigration system: “[they] are disproportionately detained, receive higher bond costs, and say they face racist treatment within detention centers.”Instead of military intervention, Daniel Larison writes that the the U.S. should provide Haiti with humanitarian aid and assist in the investigation of Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Photo credit: AP Photo/Emilio Espejel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
ITT Sound Off: The Forgotten Country
Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse and its global implications. We hear from Dánica Coto, an Associated Press correspondent covering the Caribbean, on Moïse’s presidency and the circumstances preceding his assassination. They also dive into the marginalization of Black athletes, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ decision to reject tenure, and the New York City primary elections. ITT Staff Picks:This roundup by The Conversation offers essential context for understanding Haiti’s contemporary challenges and the unrest leading up to Jovenel Moïse’s assassination.“The fact that this doesn’t come as a serious concern for the powers at be is as disappointing as it is unsurprising. Black women are routinely punished for being themselves,” writes journalist Ashley Reese in a piece for Jezebel.In this piece for the New York Times, Michael Gold breaks down the historic diversity of New York City’s leading City Council candidates following the primary elections. Photo credit: AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
A Culture of Silence
In this rebroadcast episode from last summer, Maria and Julio are joined by Pam Campos-Palma, Director of Peace & Security at the Working Families Party, and Gina Peréz, cultural anthropologist and professor at Oberlin College to dig deep into the case of Vanessa Guillén, and the issues of sexual assault, structural racism and a culture of impunity in the U.S. military. They discuss the military's history of recruitment in Latino communities, and how Latina servicewomen have led the fight for justice by reclaiming their stories. ITT Staff Picks:In a piece for the Texas Tribune, Reese Oxner breaks down new state and federal legislation against military sexual assault over a year after Vanessa Guillén’s murder.“Nothing really can bring her back at all but as long as we know how to honor her name and how to make this change, I feel like that would be some closure for us,” Vanessa Guillén’s sister told ABC News in this piece on Guillén’s legacy and the investigation into her murder.An investigation by a team of reporters at the Associated Press revealed a deep-rooted culture of racism and discrimination in the U.S. military. Photo credit: Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool This episode originally aired in August 2020. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
A Fourth of July Message
While Futuro Media is off for the Fourth of July, Maria and Julio check in with our dearest ITT listeners. They reflect on this past year and what celebrating democracy in this country looks like following the movement for racial justice, the coronavirus pandemic and the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.Photo credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Protecting the Trans Community
As Pride Month comes to a close, Maria and Julio are joined by Jorge Gutierrez, an an UndocuQueer activist and executive director of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and ITT All-Star Imara Jones, creator of TransLash Media and host of the TransLash podcast. They talk about the corporatization of Pride amidst a barrage of anti-LGBTQ state legislation. And, they dive into the intersection of immigrant and LGBTQ rights. We also hear from Patricio Manuel, the first openly transgender boxer to compete professionally in the United States.ITT Staff Picks:“My friend was like, “Don’t go off.” And I said, “Why not? I have to go off. I have to be a part of this.” It meant a lot and I was glad I was there,” said trans activist and icon Sylvia Rivera on the Stonewall Uprising in a 1989 interview with journalist Eric Marcus. Oliver Haug writes about activists’ calls for the Biden Administration to end the detention of trans people in ICE detention centers in this piece for Them. In this piece for Vox, Katelyn Burns makes a connection between the commercialization of Pride and corporate silence around anti-trans legislation.Photo credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay, File See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
ITT Sound Off: Exhaustion of Bipartisanship
Maria and Julio discuss remarks from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the 38th annual NALEO Conference, and they get into the vice president’s visit to El Paso and the US-Mexico border. We hear from Fernando García, founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights, about reimagining immigration policy and rhetoric. They also unpack recent developments in voting rights, the filibuster, and vaccine inequity.ITT Staff Picks:In a piece for Mother Jones, Ari Berman writes about Republican-led efforts to filibuster Democrats’ For the People Act, which would expand voting access and crack down on partisan gerrymandering. “El Pasoans are left to grapple with the fact that both parties have turned the city into a center and model of cruelty against immigrants and Mexican Americans,” writes independent journalist Luis Enrique Miranda in an op-ed for El Paso Matters.Isabella Isaacs-Thomas dives into persistent vaccine disparities across U.S. states, cities, and communities in a piece for PBS NewsHour. Photo credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Latinidad is Canceled
Maria and Julio are joined by Alexa Muñoz, a teacher and translator based in Washington Heights, and Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson, assistant professor in the department of history at Johns Hopkins University. They dive into a conversation about colorism and anti-Blackness in Hollywood and Latinx communities in light of the controversy sparked around the film release of “In The Heights.” They also unpack the notion of Latinidad and what it means to push back against internalized white supremacy.ITT Staff Picks:In this 2019 piece for The Nation, Miguel Salazar interviews a group of journalists, organizers, and thinkers about pushback against the concept of Latinidad.Nili Blanck writes about the immigrant and Dominican history of Washington Heights, the neighborhood behind “In The Heights,” for Smithsonian Magazine.“The truth is there can be no Latino representation without Afro-Latinos. There is no story of Washington Heights without Black people and Afro-Dominicans of all shades,” writes Natasha S. Alford in this piece for CNN. Photo credit: Warner Bros. via AP See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Roots of Cultural Expression
Roots of Cultural ExpressionMaria and Julio talk with fiber artist and teacher, Bisa Butler, about her quilted portraits that celebrate Black life. They also get into the history of Juneteenth and the push by Republican lawmakers to take critical race theory out of classrooms. And, they dive into the significance of textile art and quilting as a medium for storytelling. Bisa Butler’s portraits are on exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago through September 6, 2021.ITT Staff Picks:In this piece for Smithsonian Magazine, Liz Logan writes about artist Bisa Butler’s journey to quilting, and how her portraits are recreating vibrant depictions of lost identities.In this column for the Los Angeles Times, LZ Granderson writes about the whitewashing of American history, and what it will take to have an honest conversation about Juneteenth. “Whenever I am trying to decide whether or not a particular movement, policy or person benefits Black America, I wait and see what white people think. While that might sound racist, there has never been a movement, policy or person that benefitted Black America who was simultaneously embraced by white America,” writes Michael Harriot for The Root.Photo credit: A detail shot of the Harlem Hellfighters,( Sgt. Storms), 202. Cotton, silk, wool and velvet. This is a work in progress. Courtesy of Bisa Butler. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Latino USA: Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Last month, in her first in-person interview for Latino USA since the start of the pandemic, Maria sat down with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and we wanted to share this incredible conversation with you. They get into the lasting impact of the January 6 Capitol riot and what it means to recognize and process trauma in the aftermath. They also talk about the coronavirus pandemic, and issues around personal identity and the question of being “Latina” enough. Subscribe to Latino USA wherever you get your podcasts.Photo credit: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
ITT Sound Off: Root Causes of Migration
Maria and Julio unpack Vice President Kamala Harris’ visits to Guatemala and Mexico, and give the historical context behind her speech on immigration. We hear from Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas, about the U.S.’ involvement in Central America. They also talk about two incidents at high school graduation ceremonies where students were reprimanded for expressing their Mexican heritage.ITT Staff Picks:This article from El Faro English explains how Vice President Kamala Harris’ message to migrants “triggered a backlash among human rights defenders and Central America experts.”Sandra Cuffe writes that Vice President Kamala Harris’ pledge “to tackle corruption as a root cause of U.S.-bound migration” offered little optimism, via The Intercept.Latino Rebels reports a missing angle regarding Ever López’s graduation story: how “the ugly side of seeing Latinos going after Latinos was front and center.”Photo credit: AP Photo/Oliver de Ros See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
A Stain on Our Conscience
Maria and Julio are joined by Middle East political analyst Omar Baddar to unpack the recent events in Palestine and Israel. They give an update on the forced evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, and the situation in Gaza following the bombings and airstrikes last month. They also discuss the impact of social media in documenting what is happening, and the U.S.’ role in Israel. ITT Staff Picks:For Scientific American’s Opinion section, Yasser Abu Jamei writes about the mental health crisis in Gaza and the toll the recent Israeli bombings have had on its people.Haggai Matar, Israeli journalist and political activist, explains Israel’s likely incoming government for +972 Magazine.Journalist Mariam Barghouti discusses the recent violence and reality of living in the West Bank on The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast with Ryan Grim.Photo credit: AP Photo/Nasser Nasser See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
ITT Sound Off: Where Are the Reparations?
Maria and guest co-host Jamilah King, reporter and host of the Mother Jones podcast, discuss the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. They also dive into recent anti-trans legislation coinciding with the start of Pride Month and give an immigration update about the termination of former President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.This episode is sponsored by Ground News - The world's first news comparison platform. Download Ground News for free: http://ground.news/thickITT Staff Picks:For Poynter, Mark I. Pinsky published an in depth four-part series on how, historically, Southern newspapers played a major role in racial violence.Assistant Professor Veldon Coburn writes about the history behind the remains of 215 Indigenous children recently found in an unmarked mass grave in Canada for this article in The Conversation.This article for The Advocate by reporter Jacob Ogles details what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent veto on all LGBTQ programs and projects from the state budget means for the Florida LGBTQ community.Photo credit: AP Photo/John Locher, File See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Fight the Food Power
Maria and Julio are joined by Karen Washington, an urban farmer and food justice activist, and Adrian Chang, a cook and food writer, for a conversation about the racial history of farming in the United States and the systemic inequities in food access. They also dive into how food can be used to foster meaningful solidarity between communities.This episode is sponsored by Ground News - The world's first news comparison platform. Download Ground News for free: http://ground.news/thickITT Staff Picks:For the San Francisco Chronicle, Soleil Ho writes about cultural appropriation and anti-Asian violence: “The idea that no one cares about crimes against Asians pops up frequently in our communities, adding a slimy layer to the phenomenon of Asian cuisines being extremely popular in the American restaurant scene.”Reporter and host Jamilah King speaks with food justice activist and author of “Queen Sugar,” Natalie Baszile for this episode of The Mother Jones podcast.Bettina Makalintal writes about how statements such as “Love Our people Like You Love Our Food" reinforce problematic narratives around immigrants in this article for Vice. Photo credit: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | May 28, 2021
ITT Sound Off: Minneapolis, One Year Later
Maria and Julio reflect on one year since the murder of George Floyd. They share highlights from ITT’s first virtual live show of 2021 this week, where they were joined by local Minneapolis journalists Georgia Fort and Tarkor Zehn to talk about police violence, racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. They also discuss race education in schools and mainstream media’s coverage of movements and policing in this country.If you missed our ITT Virtual LIVE show, you can still watch it here.This episode is sponsored by Ground News - The world's first news comparison platform. Download Ground News for free: http://ground.news/thickITT Staff Picks:The Associated Press published a profile of George Floyd last year, from his days in high school to his fatal encounter with police last May. Reflecting on a year after George Floyd’s murder, Mother Jones’ Nathalie Baptiste writes about “the inevitable backlash that occurs after a broad movement for racial justice takes place.”For The New York Times’ Opinion, Talmon Joseph Smith writes about how privilege and capital became warped in the movement for Black lives: “All in all, it seems there was a racial reckoning — it was just disproportionately experienced by privileged Americans.”Photo credit: AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | May 25, 2021
A People’s Victory
One year after the murder of George Floyd, Maria and Julio are joined by Mel Reeves, political organizer and community editor of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and Hibah Ansari, immigration reporter at Sahan Journal, to reflect on policing in the United States. They break down what has been missing from mainstream media coverage and discuss the radical transformations needed on the local and national level. SAVE THE DATE: Our next virtual LIVE ITT show is tomorrow Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm ET! Maria and Julio will be joined by Georgia Fort, award winning independent journalist and Tarkor Zehn, journalist and audio producer to discuss police violence, racial justice and healing in Minneapolis during the week that marks one year since the police murder of George Floyd. For more info and to RSVP, click here.This episode is sponsored by Ground News - The world's first news comparison platform. Download Ground News for free: http://ground.news/thickITT Staff Picks:Read Mel Reeves’ latest in his blog, Fight The Power Journal, where he writes: “Internecine community violence (so-called Black on Black violence) and police violence spring from the same source, they are rooted in White Supremacy and the social/ political/ economic system: capitalism.”For the Sahan Journal, Hibah Ansari writes about the families that are still seeking justice for their loved ones who were killed by police in the Twin Cities area.The Star Tribune’s photo essay, “The Crossroads of Minneapolis,” documents the intersection between 38th and Chicago Avenue, where George Floyd has been memorialized.Photo credit: AP Photo/Morry Gash See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 minutes | May 21, 2021
ITT Sound Off: Silenced Voices
Maria and Julio reflect on the toll of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and the issues with mainstream media’s coverage of this news. They also dive into the recent push to create an independent commission that would investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and give a quick update on the latest immigration news.SAVE THE DATE: Our next virtual LIVE ITT show is on Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm ET! Maria and Julio will be joined by Georgia Fort, award winning independent journalist and Tarkor Zehn, journalist and audio producer to discuss police violence, racial justice and healing in Minneapolis during the week that marks one year since the police murder of George Floyd. For more info and to RSVP, click here.This episode is sponsored by Ground News - The world's first news comparison platform. Download Ground News for free: http://ground.news/thickITT Staff Picks: For New York Times’ Opinion, Laila Al-Arian writes about her grandfather’s life and home in Gaza, which was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike: “His struggle to return home embodied the hope, resilience and audacity that all dispossessed Palestinians pass on from one generation to the next. We build, they destroy, and we build again.”For Al Día News, Ericka Conant writes about the lack of credentialed Latino and BIPOC publications reporting on Capitol Hill, including Latino Rebels’ D.C. correspondent, Pablo Manríquez whose credentials were recently revoked.John Washington and José Olivares report on the shutting down of Irwin County Detention Center and Bristol County immigration detention center for The Intercept.Photo credit: AP Photo/José Luis Magana, File See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | May 18, 2021
Decarcerating New York City
Julio is joined by Manhattan District Attorney candidate Tahanie Aboushi for a conversation about restorative justice, decriminalizing sex work and her vision for the office. We also hear from Nicole Smith Futrell, an associate professor and supervising attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic at the CUNY School of Law, who talks about the devastating impacts of incarceration on New Yorkers. This episode was produced by our New York Women's Foundation IGNITE! Fellow, Lisa Salinas, with editorial support from Charlotte Mangin.SAVE THE DATE: Our next virtual LIVE ITT show is on Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm ET! Maria and Julio will be joined by Georgia Fort, award winning independent journalist and Tarkor Zehn, journalist and audio producer to discuss police violence, racial justice and healing in Minneapolis during the week that marks one year since the police murder of George Floyd. For more info and to RSVP, click here.This episode is sponsored by Ground News - The world's first news comparison platform. Download Ground News for free: http://ground.news/thickITT Staff Picks:This article by The City breaks down everything you need to know about New York’s District Attorney races in 2021. Marc Levin writes about what police reformers can learn from education reform in this piece for The National Interest.For The Brennan Center, Andrew Cohen writes about U.S. sentencing practices: “On any given day, more than 2 million people are locked up in the nation’s 5,000 or so prisons and jails, many serving sentences grossly disproportionate to the nature of their crimes.”Photo credit: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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