Full Circle 03-16-18 San Patricio Battalion

On KPFA’s Full Circle, we discover the story of Irish immigrants who were induced to join the U.S.Army and were sent to the Republic of Texas to fight in the newly declared  Mexican American War of 1836. However, these newly arrived Irish Catholics soon reached the opinion that the U.S. Army was an invader of the lands of the people of Mexico.

Airing this show, we will hear about…

… The U.S.  government’s pretext to march south from the negotiated border of Texas to seize further land all the way down to the Rio Grande.

… The use of freshly arrived European conscripts to build the ranks of the newly professionalized U.S. military.

… The discrimination and harm done to the large wave  of arriving Catholic immigrants as well as the Catholics of Mexico and the Caribbean.

… And much much music both Gaelic and Spanish, Corredos and piper bands,  inspired by the actions of the San Patricios Battalion.

About First Voice Apprenticeship

First Voice Apprenticeship is an apprenticeship program at KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley and is designed to provide comprehensive broadcast, technical, and administrative skills training in radio. First Voice also aims to build and strengthen community and empower our participants to find their voice and tell their stories. The First Voice program is based on community building, a collaborative work environment and passing on our skills and stories. We focus on bringing women and people of color into media and work in partnership with Pacifica community radio station KPFA and other community media outlets, both locally and nationally. The First Voice Apprenticeship Program is currently 18 months. Everyone is required to spend one business day each week working at KPFA, as well as two class nights. The dayshift is a three hour shift and apprentices do administrative and production tasks. The dayshift runs on an intergenerational group learning model, with each phase teaching the next, and integrates service to the station, skills acquired in classes, motivation and leadership.
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