August 25, 2020

A Culture of Silence

Maria and Julio are joined by Pam Campos-Palma, senior political strategist at the Working Families Party, and Gina Peréz, cultural anthropologist and professor at Oberlin College to dig deep into the case of Vanessa Guillen, 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 an article for Luz Collective, Sarah M. Vasquez speaks with guest Pam Campos-Palma and other Latinx veterans about the significance of the #IAmVanessaGuillen campaign for their communities.   - A fierce athlete, a vibrant daughter and older sister in an immigrant family, a story that mobilized the country. This Houston Chronicle profile narrates the life of Vanessa Guillén through the eyes of her family and community. - In a lecture at the Oberlin College Library, this week's guest Prof. Gina Pérez speaks about the findings of her ethnographic research from her book Citizen, Student, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American Dream Photo Credit: Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool  

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