Exploring the Deep Roots of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Little Village

Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people sitting and indoorThe Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project‘s US/UK Comparative Populism class paid a visit to our wonderful friends at Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) yesterday.

We were honored to spend some time with Environmental Planning and Policy Organizer Jose Acosta, MUPP – and wow! We were excited simply to hear about how recent changes to ICE enforcement has influenced the community, but Mr Acosta did a magnificent job of linking current anti-immigrant sentiment to the long history of cyclical US immigrant recruitment and scapegoating. 

Image may contain: 4 people, people sitting and indoorAlso, as author of the Chicago Latino Neighborhoods Report, Acosta has mapped the way that trends in Latinx concentration in communities has followed industrial corridors, but is now also being affected by displacement from some of the oldest Latino communities in the city, many of which are nearly as old as the city itself. 

We had some great conversations on the way home about how students saw these trends reflected in their own family histories – and many said Acosta helped them connect political and social trends across time and space in a way they’d never been able to do before.

Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting and indoorHuge thank to to Jose and the whole LVEJO community for welcoming us into their space!



About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
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