Words take center stage in the verbal sparring of the Twitter age. But, amidst the endless talk and noise of today’s political landscape, we often overlook the powerful communicative potential of silence.
On March 18, 2018, Stephon “Zoe” Clark was shot in his grandmother’s backyard 20 times, at least six in the back, by two Sacramento Police officers. In the resulting community-led protests, shutdowns, and ceremonies, the 23-year-old father of two has been poignantly mourned for the singular person he was, while his name joins the litany of African-American men, women, boys and girls who have been victims of police aggression and homicide.
Tax cuts in the recent past have primarily benefited the richest sections of the American population, with more than a third of all Bush administration tax cuts benefiting the richest 1 percent, leaving barely 20 percent for the lowest earning 60 percent of the population. The rationale driving such tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the rich is that once the owners of capital have less of a tax burden, they can invest in the economy, thereby setting in motion dynamics that trickle benefits such as jobs and wages downward to the rest of the population.
APLA Contributing Editor Lucy Carrillo Arciniega interviewed anthropologist Caitlin Fouratt, Assistant Professor of International Studies at the California State University Long Beach about her experiences in advocating for DREAMERS on campus.
Below is a short version of the interview redacted for word count.
Artistic performance opens up questions about water rights and social justice.