Law & Disorder

Arrests on 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico; Plus, inedible food in Virginia women’s prison

On September 26, 2014, students from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa, a town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, were disappeared by state actors and police. Forty-three students completely vanished, igniting years of national protest. Now, the country’s former Attorney General – long thought complicit in the coverup – has been arrested, reopening wounds and more investigations. We speak with John Gibler, an independent journalist that has been covering this tragedy since the beginning. He is the author of I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa and Torn from the World: A Guerrilla’s Escape from a Secret Prison in Mexico, and other books.

Then, we move to Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) – a women’s jail in Virginia – where prisoners have told the Appeal that the food they are receiving is spoiled and moldy, leading to calls from elected officials for a deeper investigation and change. We are joined by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, senior reporter for The Appeal, a worker-led nonprofit news organization. She writes on prison and jail conditions, and wrongful convictions.

This week’s Artist Resistance in Residence is San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin.

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