How Does the Inland Empire Strike Back Against Hate? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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How Does the Inland Empire Strike Back Against Hate?

In the 1920s, Southern California’s Inland Empire was a bucolic place, dotted with small towns set amid orange groves. It was also a growing outpost for the Ku Klux Klan, whose members subjected the region’s minority residents to exclusion, harassment, and violence in following decades. Today, antisemitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Black, anti-Latino, anti-Asian, and anti-LGBTQ movements persist, with hate crimes again on …

“What Is a Good Job Now?” In Agriculture | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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“What Is a Good Job Now?” In Agriculture

New technology, declining immigration, and legislation raising the minimum wage and mandating overtime pay have profoundly changed the nature of agricultural work in California. But the work remains difficult, dangerous, and hard on the health of workers—primarily immigrants—who toil in hotter weather than they did in the past, and who lack equitable healthcare coverage and access. Undocumented farmworkers are older …

When Does Protest Make a Difference? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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When Does Protest Make a Difference?

American history credits protest with ending segregation and the Vietnam War, securing women the right to vote and the LGBTQ+ community a path to equality, and building one nation out of 13 colonies. It’s a national tradition enshrined in the Constitution and fiercely protected by the legal system. But protest can also be violent, messy, and contested, and frequently ends …