Some more bad ethnographic poetry

...because I can't find a way to write about these things in prose.

The cell phone signals in the prisons were blocked two weeks ago, to keep us safe
Since then she hasn't been able to talk to her boyfriend
She is irritable, her brothers tell me
She misses him
And that's why (they say) the broom handle broke when she hit little Juan's back

86 per 100,000
Marvin often screams in his sleep
Sometimes he breaks things and doesn't remember in the morning
Tonight his brother Josué sobs loudly

Days six to ten of the Ciriboya UNAH nurse/med student brigade

On January 12th, day six of our solidarity brigade, it rained in the morning.

The students ate breakfast, waited just a bit for the rain to slow down, and then set out on their first day of blood collection for their study on the prevalence of sickle-cell anemia in Ciriboya.

Some of them shared their videos with me. Here, a nursing student and a med student talk about their work, and their excitement to be beginning their study that day:

Lavender Languages 2014

Click image below to download pdf of the poster and click HERE for the conference website.

Juan Orlando's inauguration: Stadium empty, streets full. A photo-essay.

Days before the inauguration, La Prensa gushed that the stadium was gleaming in anticipation of the event, featuring a picture photoshopped beyond credulity, trees and field neon green, with the unlit Tigo ad on the hill positively glowing.

Honduran workers mobilize protest against the imposition of new president

Confederación Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras CUTH
Comayagüela, MDC Honduras

Honduras workers mobilize protest against the imposition of new president

The United Confederation of Workers of Honduras (CUTH) is calling on all its members to join the demonstration this Monday, January 27th, 2014, to picket the inauguration ceremony in protest of the continuity of the National Party dictatorship. On Monday, Juan Orlando Hernandez will be sworn in as president despite a near-complete lack of investigation of all the claims of fraud in the November 2013 elections.

Letter from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is slated to attend Honduran president-select Juan Orlando Hernández's swearing-in ceremony tomorrow. Hernández won both his party's primary and the general elections through massive fraud and has overseen the total militarization of Honduran public space through his military police force and related initiatives. In the weeks leading up to the elections, the Honduran Congress has privatized the national energy and telecom companies—with devastating implications for labor—with Hernández's full support.

Pending posts, and a huge thank you

I have been waiting to get some pictures before posting about the last few days of our brigade to Ciriboya. Those posts are still pending. A huge thanks to everyone who donated money, to the UNAH for donating transportation (including Marco Tulio, our wonderful driver), to the people of Ciriboya who opened their homes (and in some cases their veins) to us and the wonderful mayor of Iriona, Aníbal Duarte, for covering hotel costs for the students.

Women at work should be able to breastfeed and succeed

My article today in The Conversation (UK). In which I introduce my theory that lactation rooms are capitalism's menstrual huts (and I mean that in both the good and the bad ways).

By Adrienne Pine, American University

Day five of Ciriboya UNAH nurse/med student brigade

[Note- I am back from the brigade, and only now catching up on these posts. I fell behind due to a combination of a nasty cold, no electricity, and two days in the field spent designing, printing and collecting signatures for brigade diplomas to satisfy the Honduran official paper & stamp fetish. More to come!]

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