Episode 49: Street Peddlers

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## Episode 49: Street Peddlers

Originally aired 27 April 2018 on bullsradio.org

This week guest, Miguel Garcia, discusses the topic of his Master's research on the impact of San Jose's street peddler policies.

Miguel Garcia is a Xicano applied anthropologist, and in May 2018 will officially graduate with an MA in applied anthropology from San José State University. His research interests include activist research, immigration/citizenship, race and power, the politics of sports, and spatial politics. Miguel plans to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology but recently accepted a position with the State of California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Miguel’s research project focused on the impact of San José’s street peddler policies in conjunction with federal immigration policies on local undocumented Mexican street vendors. For example, the study probed the impact of San José’s special event policy, beginning with the National Football League’s (NFL’s) mandated temporary “clean zone” ordinance, which banned street vendors from downtown while San José hosted Super Bowl 50 (SB 50) in 2016. Similar policies that ban street vending are evident in other downtown San José events, such as the annual Christmas in the Park. Through race and space, these policies criminalize street vendors. Additionally, Donald Trump’s federal immigration policies fueled the creation locally of Migra Watch, a community defense network for undocumented families and their allies to report and respond to ICE raids. By combining activities in Migra Watch with ethnography from street vendors’ experiences, Miguel articulates the criteria needed to improve undocumented street vendor workspace and life.

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Oliver Thompson


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Awel by stefsax



Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba



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