"SOLO EL PUEBLO SALVA AL PUEBLO: Cultivating Care and Surviving the Pandemic" from the North American Council on Latin America (NACLA) Journal, A Report on COVID-19 in the Americas Special Issue edited by me, Adriana Garriga-López!
Featuring essays by: Camila Gelpí-Acosta & Tamara Oyola Santiago; Pato Hebert & Edgar Rivera Colon; Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez Rondón; Claudia Rivera Amarillo; Beatriz M. Reyes-Foster & Whitney Duncan; Gilberto Rosas & Virginia Raymond; Shakti Castro Camacho; Isa Rodriguez Soto; Chris Garces; Jorge Cuéllar; Leonardo Dupin & Beatriz Ribeiro; Teishan Latner; and Johanna Fernandez.
The issue also includes two new poems by Puerto Rican poet Ana Portnoy Brimmer.
For more information about this special issue, please see the freely available editor’s introduction.
The full issue is launching very soon!
I’m also really excited to share the cover art (above) by Puerto Rican artist Diego Romero and the table of contents for this issue (below). It contains essays about COVID-19's impact on Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, México, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the US, among others.
The featured essay by Johanna Fernández is a powerful reconsideration of the legacy of the Young Lords' health activism and a meditation on its significance for our pandemic era.
Three of the essays are open access, including Isa’s wonderful essay about mutual aid in Puerto Rico, which gave us our title; Chris Garces' essay on carceral involution and epidemiological elites in Ecuador; and the soulful and enlivening conversation between Edgar Rivera Colon and Pato Hebert.
Please stay tuned for forthcoming information about the issue launch. We are planning on hosting a virtual event with some of the authors.
Finally, I want to thank all of the contributors, whose important work was completed under extreme circumstances and yet still reverberates with profound care, and with the obstinate determination to sustain life and egalitarian struggles against all odds.
Adriana Garriga-Lopez is an anthropologist and multidisciplinary artist originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.