Transgender Latina Activism in the Current Political Moment

The current political administration poses numerous threats to various minoritized communities in the United States. Anti-Latinx and transphobic sentiments and policy actions are on the rise. Given this state of affairs, one might assume that life is markedly more difficult for transgender Latinxs in the Trump era.

Navigating Health Care Dilemmas in Chicago

The Affordable Care Act is under threat of repeal, and while lawmakers argue over what will replace it if anything, the healthcare policy landscape has already shifted. Entire sectors of the US population—undocumented immigrants and the working poor—were excluded or had limited access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace to begin with, and they continue to struggle to afford primary health care services and to find treatment for chronic illnesses.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Part II

Bernard Perley © 2017 Bernard Perley is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches courses in linguistic anthropology and American Indian studies. He collaborates with colleagues and American Indian community members on language maintenance and revitalization projects in and around the city of Milwaukee as well as the state […]

When Participants Anticipate Violence

The strengths of anthropology as a discipline are its ability to amplify disenfranchised voices and capture the fine-grained, daily, lived experiences of its participants. The gap between policy actions and their human costs is widening in our current political climate. The rescinding of DACA and local law enforcement cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, force migrants […]

Latinx Communities Organize and Resist

“Dissent in the Post-Truth Era: Latinx Communities Organize and Resist,” coordinated by the indefatigable anthropologist Pat Zavella, sets the pace for our panels at the 2017 AAA meetings. This executive session (Thursday morning) features scholarship grounded in a commitment to doing anthropology in solidarity with the communities we work with as researchers, activists, and partners in […]

Colonialism’s Orchestrated Disasters in Puerto Rico

“María, María, perdí la esperanza, María, María, perdí la esperanza.” I am reminded of these lyrics from the bomba group, Yuba Iré, when I see the pictures and videos of our beloved nation of Puerto Rico in ruins. Some of us had lived through hurricanes before, but nothing had prepared us for this level of […]