Global hunger is one of the most dangerous side effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the most vulnerable to hunger live in the world's richest cities, or work in the industries that feed us. In this episode, The Take explores the global food chain's weak links and how some are innovating to help keep people fed. LBJ's Raj Patel joins Al Jazeera's "The Take" to discuss it.Read more
"More than three months into the coronavirus pandemic, California officials say they still have no plans to collect and publish basic data about COVID-19 testing and outbreaks in local jails, frustrating advocates, families and even some members of the state’s own jail oversight board. ... "'The need for this information is just so obvious,' said LBJ's Michele Deitch. 'Finding out the numbers of people that are infected and how widespread the virus is, how many people are dying, just seems like the most basic information they should be gathering.'"Read more
The debate over physical symbols of the Confederacy has evolved into a broader one about U.S. history. Judy Woodruff talks to Peniel Joseph, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Arielle Hudson, one of six students who petitioned the University of Mississippi to relocate a campus Confederate statue.Read more
Latinos consistently vote in smaller numbers than other groups. The reasons are varied. Latinos often face structural barriers, like onerous voter ID laws or long lines at polling places. Many are immigrants or the children of immigrants and have never voted nor seen their parents vote. The biggest factor, however, may be that politicians are failing to reach Latinos or failing to speak to issues Latinos care about, said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean for civic engagement at the University of Texas.
"There is a need to attack apathy," she said. "While structural barriers do have an impact, the problem is apathy and figuring out what policies connect most to people." Consistently, Latinos say they want policies that address climate change.Read more
Peniel Joseph, founding director of the LBJ School's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, said declaring Juneteenth a national holiday would give people the chance to explore the issues highlighted in the recent protests.Read more
Millions marched across the country in commemoration of Juneteenth amid new demands to end police brutality and systemic racism. Professor Peniel Joseph joins MSNBC's Ali Velshi to discuss the significance of Juneteenth in this moment and says he's encouraged by how diverse and widespread the protests are in calling for change.Read more
"Into America" host Trymaine Lee convened a special panel for NBC News Now called "Can You Hear Us Now: Juneteenth." He and his panelists, including LBJ's Peniel Joseph, wrestled with America’s core question of freedom, and whether this dream can and will ever be a reality for Black Americans.Read more