Working History Episode Focuses on Immigrant Rights and Immigration Policy

SLSA_PodcastLogo.v2.lowresSLSA’s latest “Working History” podcast, “Immigrant Rights, Detentions, and Activism,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. In the episode, grassroots organizer and activist Anton Flores of Alterna discusses immigrant rights, federal immigration policy and the detention of undocumented immigrants at the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia. The episode is guest hosted by Jennifer Brooks, former SLSA president, Associate Professor of History at Auburn University, and author of a forthcoming book on the history of immigration in Alabama.

Anton Flores is co-founder of Alterna, a faith community comprised of Latino immigrants and U.S. citizens dedicated to acts of hospitality, justice, and mercy.  He is also a grassroots organizer calling for the closure of Corrections Corporation of America’s Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigration detention centers in the United States.

Jennifer Brooks, Associate Professor of History, joined the Auburn University History faculty in 2006. A native of East Tennessee, she received a PhD in history from the University of Tennessee in 1997 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 1987, with a BA in history. Her research and teaching interests are the Twentieth Century South, particularly the impact of the Second World War in shaping the complex political, social, and economic matrix of the modern South. In 2004, the University of North Carolina Press published her book on this topic, Defining the Peace: Race, World War Two Veterans, and the Remaking of Southern Political Tradition, the first in-depth examination of the role played by black and white World War Two veterans in southern postwar politics. Brooks is currently working on a book about the history of immigration in Alabama.