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Book Review:
¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market

In ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, by Raúl the Third, Little Lobo makes his way through a crowded local market and smells cinnamon churros, watches traditional dancers, buys some candy, reads a comic book—and fantasizes about meeting the wrestler El Toro.

Cover of ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market,; image courtesy Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Siege Mentality

“…we’re in a historic transitional moment and the very foundations of society are now open to question.“― David Brooks

Jason VelazquezJason Velázquez has worked in print and digital journalism and publishing for two decades.
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TLC #45: Baker wants to “empower” the heat to play nice with ICE

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Immigration Detainers
The bland phrase conjures up little emotion for people with no reason to believe that they, or loved ones, risk deportation due to immigration status. To countless families in the United States, however, the two words, “immigration detainers,” (also known as “ICE Holds”), plug in to a nightmare of vulnerability that tears at families and communities. We speak with Brooke Mead of the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Laura Rótolo of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts about Governor Baker’s proposed legislation that would ratchet the mechanisms of deportation up a gear or two.…

Timothy Snyder to Visit Williams to Discuss Links between Environment and Holocaust

"Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning" urges us to pay close attention to growing ecological panic and increasingly widespread governmental destabilization; image courtesy Penguin Random House

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, will present a talk titled “Black Earth: The Ecological Politics of the Holocaust”­­­­­ as part of the year’s Confronting Climate Change Initiative at Williams College on Monday, Sept.19, at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. This event is free and open to the public.
🔊 LISTEN to our interview with Dr. Timothy Snyder,
 
which aired just after the release of
 
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
 
and read more about his work.…

“Wherefore, Egypt?” — Microfiction

by Jason Velázquez
“¿Mamá?” Esperanza’s question reverberates musically in the back of the Econoline, “¿Will I get to meet my papá?”
Dolores strokes the 11-year-old’s hair with one hand as the other glides reflexively to where, under her oil-stained work shirt, a circular pattern of raised, and occasionally sensitive, skin is a lighter color than the surrounding flesh.
Esperanza’s features are so fine, her frame so delicate and unlike her own, Dolores considers, that she might actually be able to identify the father.…

Plenty #3 — Timothy Snyder Warns of Next Genocide

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Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org

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Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
We spoke with Timothy Snyder about his recent work examining two necessary conditions for the Holocaust: disintegration of the state and ecological panic. The Yale history professor explains the connections between perceived resource scarcity, the dissolution of political order, and the assignment of blame to vulnerable foes. The result in World War II, of course, was a genocide that claimed over six million lives.…

Will Call #17 — Sonia Nazario On “Enrique’s Journey”

Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique's Journey," will speak at William's College November 30.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author continues to shine a bright light on an expanding crisis.
Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops.…

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