Esperanza Esperanza, New Mexico, Ramon Esperanza discussed on Reveal

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At noon at new standards dot org's Welcome to Latino USA. How shall I begin my story that has no beginning. This is Esperanza Esperanza. She's a housewife in New Mexico living in a small town When I was a child, it was called San Marcos. The angle changed the name to zinc town. Zinc town, New Mexico. You ISS A. The image is black and white, dusty roads, clothes swaying on laundry lines in the desert wind shacks with corrugated tin roofs. Our roots go deep in this place. He pretended pines. Deeper in the mineshaft. Zinc town is owned by a mining company. All the land all the houses, it all belongs to the company reminders. 18 years my husband has given to that mine. Living half his life with dynamite and darkness. This is how the film salt of the earth begins. It's a portrait of a desolate place dominated by mining and by injustice. Mexican Americans in town don't have running water in their homes while Anglos as the Mexicans call them, too. Mexicans are more likely to be killed in the mines because they're required to work alone. But Anglos are allowed to work in pairs, and Mexicans are constantly put down by their bosses and treated like dirt. On this day. Ramon Esperanza's husband is considering whether to go on strike with the other Mexican American miners. They want to demand equal pay and safer working conditions. What happened next in this small New Mexico mining.

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