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A podcast by one Salvi-Taurean Cachimbona growing, healing, and storytelling in Southern Arizona. Radio Cachimbona follows Yvette as she navigates being a movement lawyer in Southern Arizona. She storytells the fierce, ongoing migrant resistance occurring in these borderlands. As a first-generation professional whose parents are Salvadoran immigrants, Yvette prioritizes uplifting the voices of Central Americans.
 
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On this episode, Yvette and fellow Salvi lawtina Yessenia Medrano discuss Farabundo Martí's biography "Farabundo Martí : Rebelión En El Patio Trasero." They discuss the devolution of the FMLN from guerilla resistance group to corrupt political party, celebrate the revitalization of government obscured Salvadoran history and note the larger failings…
 
*PREVIEW* On this #litreview, Yvette interviews deportation defense attorney Sophia Gurúle about Harsha Walia's new book "Border and Rule." They discuss the intertwined histories of indigenous land theft and anti-Black slavery, applaud Walia's clear-eyed analysis about the difference between honoring the right to move and gentrification, and explai…
 
On this episode, Yvette and Meg pick up their #litreview conversation about David Graeber's "Bullshit Jobs" and give an update on vaccine distribution in India. They discuss the gendered dimension of the bullshitization of jobs, share which aspects of lawyering are bullshit, and shine a light on those profiteering from COVID-19. To hear the rest of…
 
On this *UNLOCKED* patreon episode, Yvette interviews UCLA Professor of Chicano/a Studies Leisy Abrego to discuss her book “Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders," where she unpacks emotional and economic inequalities between transnational families. As a Salvadoreña herself, Leisy shares how focusing on Salvadoran mi…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Hollie Webb, supervising attorney for Al Otro Lado's Border Rights project about Title 42 and its effect on asylum seekers. They discuss the long-standing barriers to asylum prior to the enactment of Title 42, point out the disingenuousness of the law's alleged purpose of preventing spread of COVID-19, and critici…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Kat Jutras of the Arizona Advocacy Network about her work creating a holistic approach towards increasing voter enfranchisement for people who have lost the right to vote after a felony conviction. They discuss the gaps in the recent SCOTUS Brnovich decision, extralegal barriers marginalized people face to voting,…
 
On this *UNLOCKED* #litreview from Season 3, Maria Jiménez-Zepeda, fellow first-gen Yale Latina alumna and Omega Phi Beta Sorority sister, comes back onto the podcast to discuss the second half of Nicaraguan revolutionary Gioconda Belli’s memoir “El Pais Bajo Mi Piel.” They discuss the series of macktivists* within the Sandinista/other Latin Americ…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews legal aid lawyer Matthew Garcia about the SCOTUS Brnovich decision. They discuss how the right to vote is under attack across the country and Arizona in particular, point out the lack of an explicit right to vote in the Constitution, and break down why Alito's opinion is bullshit. Read more about the study Matt re…
 
On this *unlocked* Patreon episode, Yvette interviews Geoff Boyce, the academic director of the Earlham College Border Studies Program. They discuss Border Patrol's 100 mile jurisdiction, the intermeshing of local law enforcement and immigration enforcement in Detroit, Michigan and Buffalo, New York, and the bullshit behind the "reasonable suspicio…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Central American journalist Daniel Alvarenga about the President of El Salvador's recent decision to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. They discuss the context of US intervention into the Salvadoran economy through USAID, how the women of the FMLN kicked Bukele out of their party, and how Bukele's cult of personality…
 
On this *UNLOCKED LIT REVIEW* Yvette and her Omega Phi Beta at Yale sorority sister Maria Jiménez-Zepeda digest the first 150 pages of Gioconda Belli's memoir "El Pais Bajo Mi Piel". They discuss whether Belli is sufficiently honest about her class positionality and the privileges that brought her in the Nicaraguan Sandinista resistance, critique h…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews University of New Mexico law professor Mark-Tizoc González to break down the real intellectual history of critical race theory, where CRT stands in law school curricula today, and the troubling recent anti-union decision from SCOTUS. Read more about the SCOTUS decision here: https://newrepublic.com/article/162836/…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Jasmine Magaña, a Salvi femme PhD student at Duke University who studies the artistic interventions of Cracky Rodriguez and the Fire Theory collective of Salvadoran artists. Jasmine breaks down the zones of silence created from the trauma of the Salvadoran civil war, explains how Fire Theory uses collective corpor…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly about recent Arizona GOP efforts to undermine the right to vote. Cázares-Kelly breaks down the systematic efforts of the Arizona GOP during this legislative session to undermine the right to vote after historic turnout during the 2020 election, clarifies the effect of S…
 
On this *UNLOCKED LIT REVIEW*, friend of the podcast Laura Barrera joins to chat about "The Yellow House," a memoir by Sarah Broom. We break down how Broom unveils New Orleans East and the ways in which it has been historically neglected as compared to the French Quarter and the slew of mayors who have tried to make the city better. We share how we…
 
Yvette interviews lawtinas Sophia Gurulé, Stacy Villalobos and Cynthia Amezcua to discuss the racism and sexism they experience as lawyers, emphasize the importance of unionizing, and share how they survive in a profession designed to exclude them. Support Radio Cachimbona here: https://www.patreon.com/radiocachimbona?fan_landing=true Follow @radio…
 
On this *UNLOCKED LIT REVIEW* from Season 1 of Radio Cachimbona #litreview, Yvette interviews friend of the podcast Tina from T.O. Young Voices to discuss Part 2 of Agustin De Rojas' "A Legend of the Future." They debate the limits and boundaries between humans and machines, discuss the implications around consent re: the characters who agreed to e…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews professor, author and criminal defense lawyer Dean Strang about his book "Keep the Wretches in Order: America's Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW." They discuss the connection between the federal government's dismantling of the IWW union and the growth of the Departmen…
 
On this #litreview, Yvette and reproductive and immigrants' rights organizer Ale Pablos discuss Undoing Border Imperialism by Harsha Walia. They consider the relationship between decoloniality and migrant justice, tear apart the tiered meaning of “citizenship,” and expound upon the links between the right to move and the right to stay. Become a pat…
 
En el segundo episodio de Radio Cachimbona en *español*, Yvette entrevista a Carla Bautista, una mujer trans y Guatemalteca que trabaja como la coordinadora de liberación para el grupo "Trans Queer Pueblo." Carla comparte parte de su historia migratoria buscando asilo en los estados unidos, critica las condiciones de centros de detención de ICE, pa…
 
On the first episode of Season 4 of Radio Cachimbona, Yvette interviews Berkeley Law Professor Ian Haney López about his new book "Merge Left." They discuss how interest convergence theory informs the analysis in his book, debate whether Latinx is a race, and breakdown the 2020 electoral outcomes and what they say about race.…
 
On the Season 3 Finale, Yvette and fellow lawtina Laura Barrera process the U.S. coup and Arizona's unfortunate prominent role in the situation. They discuss the repercussions they believe should occur for elected officials found to have been involved in the coup, our predictions for the future of the GOP and whether or not the Democrats need a lef…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Lina and Estephanie of the BagLadiez! They discuss the history of "Latinx," the problems with the term, and if it is worth saving. Lina and Yvette discuss their experiences as WOC lawtinas navigating civil rights litigation and make suggestions for how the profession could be more welcoming for Black indigenous wo…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews fellow WOC lawyer Meghna Sridhar regarding the federal executions that SCOTUS has allowed the Trump administration to undergo and the massive farmer protest movement in India. They break down the legislation that sparked 3% of the world's population to strike, explain the difficulties the US has in procuring letha…
 
On this *UNLOCKED LIT REVIEW* episode, Yvette and Salvi lawtina Yesenia (from the Keep Your Heart Soft episode!) dissect the book of poetry "Family or Oblivion" written by Salvadoran author Elena Salamanca. They share their joy in reading a Salvadoran woman author who writes in a way that forces you to sit, grapple with the text, and reflect, share…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly-- the first Native American to win the countywide seat. Cázares-Kelly breaks down barriers to voting in the rural areas of the Tohono Oodham nation, how her campaign honored her belief in the importance of paying indigenous women for their labor, and shares-- what does …
 
On this *UNLOCKED patron-only episode, Yvette interviews Denisse, one of the “Arizona 3,” a group of U of A students criminalized for protesting the presence of Border Patrol on campus. She shares the political context of her criminal charge occurring simultaneous to Trump’s Executive Order “protecting free speech,” sheds light on the violent rheto…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Valeria, undocu organizer with the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance to unpack the legislative coup that occurred recently in Peru. They debate the factors present in a coup, provide context for the legislative ousting of Vizcara, and express support for the Peruvian demands for a new constitution. Suppo…
 
On this *Spanish-language episode*, Yvette interviews Karla, the liberation coordinator with Trans Queer Pueblo, an organization led by queer, undocumented, formerly and currently detained migrants in AZ. They discuss TQP's organizing and empowerment model, how Karla got looped into TQP's work, and the importance of LGBTQ medical service providers.…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Laiken, the borderlands campaigner at the Center for Ecological Diversity. Laiken and Yvette discuss the devastating ecological effects of border wall construction in the Sonoran desert, the horrific desecration of sacred Tohono Oodham sites done in the name of the xenophobic wall, and why it is important for poli…
 
On this *unlocked lit review*, Tina host of the Tohono Oodham Young Voices podcast, and Yvette discuss the work of science fiction “A Legend of the Future” written by Cuban writer Agustin de Rojas. They debate the pros and cons of living in a Dream Palace, point out how radical it is for people of color to write themselves into the future during a …
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews professor Carla Guerron-Montero about the racialized history of the start of the Panamanian nation-state. They discuss the history of Afro-Antillean presence in Bocas Del Toro, the ways that tourism shaped Panama’s self-understanding, and how US imperialism in the region impacted the country's origin myths. Suppor…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Yaneli, a No More Deaths humanitarian aid volunteer who shares the frightening militarized raids that Border Patrol engaged in this summer and a few weeks ago when targeting and destroying the NMD desert medical camp. They discuss the history of mutual aid at the border, how the attack on humanitarian aid workers …
 
On this episode, Yvette and Pedro Rolón, Puerto Rican academic and longtime friend discuss his dissertation research exploring how Puerto Ricans have utilized literature as a means of political identity building dating back to the 19th century. They unpack the ways in which Eugenio María Hostos’ novel “La Peregrinación de Bayoan” perpetuates a myth…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Stefanie Arteaga, a Salvi activist who fought to end ICE collaboration with Sheriffs’ departments in North Carolina. They discussed the ripple effects of deportations, historicized Department of Homeland Security agents usage of unmarked cars for enforcement actions as seen in Portland, and emphasized that communi…
 
On this *UNLOCKED* #litreview episode, Yvette dissects “Zigzagger” Manuel Munoz’s collection of short stories with her friend and law student Yesenia. They discuss the ways in which Munoz challenges stereotypical depictions of queerness, debate over the paranormal (or not?) aspects of the stories, and critique the influence of Catholicism in promot…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Afro-Salvadoreña Danny Parada about her research into her own family's history and surrounding anti-Blackness in El Salvador generally. They discuss the ways in which anti-Blackness has shown up in government policies surveilling and criminalizing MS-13 gang members, the historical efforts of the nation-state to e…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews good friend, former housemate and Latinx academic Chris Rodelo on his dissertation research focusing on 19th century Latinidad and performance. They discuss the impossibility of the archive that scholars must always contend with in attempting to reconstruct marginalized histories, why analyzing performance gives u…
 
On this *UNLOCKED LIT REVIEW * episode, Yvette brings back Denise Rebeil (of the criminalized for defending education episode) to chat about the poetry of Roque Dalton. Dalton was a revolutionary Salvadoran poet. They share their gratitude for having been exposed to Central American poets, explain how creative endeavors are always political, and pr…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Professor and OBGYN Carolyn Sufrin about her book “Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars,” an ethnographic study of the healthcare experiences of incarcerated women at San Francisco County jail. Sufrin outlines society’s over-reliance on prison and jails to serve healthcare needs of women of color…
 
This special episode is a recording of the #AZFreeThemAll virtual teach-in hosted by the #Arizona3 coalition and Gloria Negrete-Lopez. Yvette, Ale Pablos and Tiera Rainey joined for a roundtable discussion featuring some of the most vibrant abolitionist organizing in Arizona--work that challenges the hegemonic narrative of Arizona as solely a red, …
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Alicia Ivonne Estrada, Karina Alvarado and Ester Hernandez about their anthology “US Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance.” The three Central American scholars share the 19th century US imperialist presence in the isthmus, break down the categorization of Salvadoran …
 
On this episode, Yvette brings back friend of the podcast and deportation defense lawyer Jehan Laner Romero to discuss the SCOTUS oral arguments in US v. Sineneng Smith. They discuss the ways in which SCOTUS would be unable to rewrite the INA "encouraging or inducing" provision without reaching beyond the court's authority, explain the canons of st…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews her former Stanford Law professor, Jim Cavallaro, who now runs the University Human Rights Network, about his 2010 report on the Salvadoran response to gangs and organized crime “No Place to Hide.” They discuss the thread of US imperialism that connects 1980’s Northern Triangle civil wars, 1996 expansion of crimes…
 
On this *UNLOCKED* #LitReview from Season 1, Yvette discusses the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston with deportation defense attorney Laura. They reflect on how notions of “womanhood” are imposed on young girls of color, praise the lineage of black scholars who re-elevated Hurston’s work after her death, and discuss why wom…
 
*PATRON-ONLY LIT REVIEW PREVIEW* On this episode, Yvette interviews UCLA Professor of Chicano/a Studies Leisy Abrego to discuss her book “Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders," where she unpacks emotional and economic inequalities between transnational families. As a Salvadoreña herself, Leisy shares how focusing on…
 
On this episode, Yvette interviews Anna and Gisela-- two Central American #lawtina family law attorneys who discuss their journeys to the law and the uptick in domestic violence amidst the covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis. They share the benefits of working at a firm with all women partners, tips for standing up to judges as a young woman of c…
 
On this *UNLOCKED* lit review, Yvette discusses the literary non-fiction book "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond with her dear friend Yaneli. They share their own family's experiences with eviction, the importance of Desmond's work showcasing that poverty is a relationship between the wealthy and the poor, and criticize sociology for not centering exploi…
 
On this public #litreview, Yvette and fellow first-generation Salvi Yale alumna Jencey Paz discuss Rigoberta Menchú's memoir. They discussed the oppressive relationship between ladinos and indigenous communities in Guatemala, critiqued the US imperialist interests that collaborated with the genocidal Guatemalan government during the 36 year Civil W…
 
*PATREON-ONLY EPISODE PREVIEW* On this episode, Yvette interviews Geoff Boyce, the academic director of the Earlham College Border Studies Program. They discuss Border Patrol's 100 mile jurisdiction, the intermeshing of local law enforcement and immigration enforcement in Detroit, Michigan and Buffalo, New York, and the bullshit behind the "reasona…
 
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