Reporting on regular shmegular working class New Yorkers

 

ABOUT US

 

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Working Class Heroes Podcast

Working Class Heroes is a narrative investigative journalism podcast exploring the lives, history, politics and culture of working class “New YorQuinos.” We will showcase their struggles by highlighting their identities, experiences, interests, and working conditions.

Working Class Heroes is produced by The Muckrakers Union Local 718. Episodes will be crafted through interviews, historical research and presented in a bilingual format.

Your co-hosts are Julian Guerrero, Brianda Guzman, Carlos Perez, Lea Ramirez, and Lupita Romero.


Why the working class?

We believe that in this political moment, what we need more than ever is to relate the experience of the most resilient communities in New York City.   

Amidst a housing crisis, record mass incarceration, militarized policing, raids and deportations, high prices and lowering wages and longer hours, regular working people are the ones fighting for more, standing against politicians and corporations' efforts to exploit more of workers for less.

New YorQinos go hard, so we are gonna rep 'em mad hard.

The Team

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in solidarity,

 
 
 

Carlos Perez

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Lea Ramirez

 Was born in Texas and is a socialist, activist, and union member living in the Bronx. She studied Urban Studies and graduated from Hunter College. Lea first became radicalized after working as an environmental justice youth organizer in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She has organized around reproductive justice, free tuition for CUNY (City University of New York), immigrant rights, and spearheaded an unionization drive at her former workplace, Trader Joes. Lea writes on current immigration issues and on the recent teacher strike in Kentucky in Socialist Worker and on Wearemany.org.  In her spare time Lea enjoys dismantling capitalism, hot yoga, and watching re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Was born in Texas and is a socialist, activist, and union member living in the Bronx. She studied Urban Studies and graduated from Hunter College. Lea first became radicalized after working as an environmental justice youth organizer in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She has organized around reproductive justice, free tuition for CUNY (City University of New York), immigrant rights, and spearheaded an unionization drive at her former workplace, Trader Joes. Lea writes on current immigration issues and on the recent teacher strike in Kentucky in Socialist Worker and on Wearemany.org.

In her spare time Lea enjoys dismantling capitalism, hot yoga, and watching re-runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 
       Was born in Mexico, and is now residing in Queens, New York. She is a DACA recipient and studying Journalism at Lehman College of the City University of New York. She reports on immigration policy and local issues New York immigrants face. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Left Voice, and SocialistWorker. She has been a featured speaker on these issues at Hunter College, Columbia University, Portland University, Rutgers, NYU, Graduate Center of CUNY, among others.  In her spare time, she is an active socialist, rescues street kittens, tries to teach herself photography and takes racist, sexist mediocre men to task.

 

 

Was born in Mexico, and is now residing in Queens, New York. She is a DACA recipient and studying Journalism at Lehman College of the City University of New York. She reports on immigration policy and local issues New York immigrants face. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Left Voice, and SocialistWorker. She has been a featured speaker on these issues at Hunter College, Columbia University, Portland University, Rutgers, NYU, Graduate Center of CUNY, among others.

In her spare time, she is an active socialist, rescues street kittens, tries to teach herself photography and takes racist, sexist mediocre men to task.

Lupita Romero

 
 Was born and raised in Queens, NYC by his Colombian immigrant parents. An active socialist and writer, Julian has participated in various social movements like the Immigrant’s Rights movement, the Black Lives Matter movement as well as student activism, and work-place organizing as a rank-and-file member of SEIU1199. In 2014, Julian was the campaign manager for Brian Jones in the Green Party gubernatorial campaign, alongside Howie Hawkins, against Andrew Cuomo. He has frequently written articles on New York City politics, criminal justice and labor issues for Socialist Worker and Jacobin Magazine.

Was born and raised in Queens, NYC by his Colombian immigrant parents. An active socialist and writer, Julian has participated in various social movements like the Immigrant’s Rights movement, the Black Lives Matter movement as well as student activism, and work-place organizing as a rank-and-file member of SEIU1199. In 2014, Julian was the campaign manager for Brian Jones in the Green Party gubernatorial campaign, alongside Howie Hawkins, against Andrew Cuomo. He has frequently written articles on New York City politics, criminal justice and labor issues for Socialist Worker and Jacobin Magazine.

Julian Guerrero

 
 Was born in Queens and raised in the South Bronx by immigrant parents. She studied sociology at Wheaton College '14, Norton, MA. Brianda first became an activist around environmental justice in the South Bronx. Now she has been part of social movements such as Black Lives Matter and Immigrant rights. Her interests include Environmental justice, the fight for a Free Puerto Rico, Immigration & Education reform.  In her spare time Bri is a socialist, teaches herself music theory, attempts to play the keyboard, exercises, and is currently writing a T.V. show spec with her friend. #fucktrump

Was born in Queens and raised in the South Bronx by immigrant parents. She studied sociology at Wheaton College '14, Norton, MA. Brianda first became an activist around environmental justice in the South Bronx. Now she has been part of social movements such as Black Lives Matter and Immigrant rights. Her interests include Environmental justice, the fight for a Free Puerto Rico, Immigration & Education reform.

In her spare time Bri is a socialist, teaches herself music theory, attempts to play the keyboard, exercises, and is currently writing a T.V. show spec with her friend. #fucktrump

 
 

Bri Guzman