Worker’s Voice: Social Distancing Destroys Mariachi’s Livelihood

Tribune of the People spoke with a Mariachi who shared what it’s been like since repressive social distancing orders related to COVID-19 have put the Mariachis out of work.

Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles is named for the musicians for hire who the community will contract for parties, quinciñeras, weddings, and more. With the repressive social control being carried out by the imperialist state, the basis of the Mariachi’s work has been destroyed for the time being.

Transcript

Mariachi: We work as Mariachis. We’re not working right now, we’re on break because of the virus. It’s not a voluntary break, it’s forced

Tribune: And with everything that’s happened, how is that work now?

Mariachi: There’s nothing, we’re not able to work because there are no people anywhere, no fiestas. They can’t because of the virus, people can’t get together.

Tribune: How long has this been going on?

Mariachi: A month, and it’s going to last until April 30, Trump said.

I don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t have money, we don’t have anything. You can go crazy thinking about it. About money, what we’re going to eat, about our kids, well they’re big now, how they’re doing, because of the Coronavirus.

The landlords should pay for electricity, water, everything. Because the landlords are big rats!