Juan González on Fighting for Racial and Social Justice in Media & History of Latinos in the U.S.



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In a Democracy Now! special broadcast, we spend the hour with our own Juan González, who recently gave a series of "farewell" speeches in his hometown of New York before he moved to Chicago.

González is an award-winning journalist and investigative reporter who spent 29 years as a columnist for the New York Daily News. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award and author of many books, including the classic "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," which has just been reissued and published in Spanish. Before beginning his career in journalism, he spent several years as a Latino community and civil rights activist, helping to found and lead the Young Lords Party during the late 1960s.

We feature excerpts from two recent speeches, in which González discussed his decades fighting for racial and social justice in journalism as well as the history of Latinos in the United States.

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