‘Slaves United, the other side of the American Dream’

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Helena Villar came from Spain to the United States as a journalist with the intention of getting to know that almost perfect country that she knew as a child through her Hollywood series and movies; that society in which millions of Europeans and Latin Americans would like to live, but when she began to investigate social issues, which are what she is passionate about, she could not believe what she was finding.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans, including thousands of war veterans who risked their lives for their country, living on the streets, in totally surreal realities that are hard to believe if they had not seen them with their own eyes. Poor Americans, mainly minorities selling their blood to make ends meet, and immigrants in cages and chained like cattle on the border – with Obama, Trump and Biden – no matter who ruled in the White House.

In addition, he found the realities of how, due to the lack of public health insurance, millions of Americans pay thousands of dollars in medical expenses and medicines, a situation that in many cases puts them on the verge of indigence or simply prevents them from own American Dream, buying a house.

Helena Villar, Spanish journalist, shows her book.

It also takes a look at the ravages that drugs are wreaking on American communities, the huge student debts that make it impossible for millions of young people to move up the social ladder, and of course, the police abuse and mass incarceration that their states carry out with their population, turning the United States, supposedly a country of democracy and freedom, into the nation that most imprisons its citizens.

That is why when Pascual Serrano, director of the Akal publishing house, spoke to him in 2019, months before the start of the pandemic, to offer him to write a book that would reveal the hidden side of the American Dream, he did not hesitate to accept, but immediately rebuked and he stressed, these problems are not hidden, they are visible to everyone, the point is that people do not want to see them. This is how in mid-2021 the book was born: “United Slaves, the other side of the american dream”.

“One of the objectives of the book is to show the harsh reality of the United States and create awareness of the other side that the workers of this country experience,” explains Helena Villar in an interview with La Opinion. “In addition, the book is a way of showing solidarity with the workers of this country; It is a tribute to the working class to expose those flaws in the system that must be overcome for the benefit of the oppressed classes.”

It was then that the journalist began to investigate and dust off all that journalistic work that she had been doing since her arrival in the United States in 2017, and little by little, she shaped the book through four chapters: The pillars of inequality, Working like a slave, How to survive and survive the system and Thirst, the model runs out.

The United States is the country that incarcerates its population the most, even more than countries considered authoritarian such as China or Russia.

During the months of research and data collection, writing little by little became more personal, because by that time, Villar’s first American daughter had been born, and the commitment to all those communities where he had walked and talked to people to find out their stories, it was getting bigger and bigger.

On the other hand, Villar wanted to make known to the world, mainly to all those nations that seek to emulate the United States, all those failures that suffocate a large population of the most powerful and richest country in the world to prevent these situations from being repeated in others. countries.

The book has been published in Spain, Venezuela and Mexico, it consists of 304 pages and comes with the introduction of the journalist Chris Hedges, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, however, it can be obtained via the internet through the Amazon, Kindle and Apple platforms. Books and of course by the Akal publishing house.

In addition, all the cases mentioned are supported by the biography of the testimonies, books and studies, in most cases from American organizations and university institutions.

Challenges as a journalist

Because the journalist Villar is a correspondent for the news network Russia Today (RT) in Spanish, since her arrival in Washington DC, she has had a series of challenges to obtain information and carry out her work as a reporter, to the extent that her colleagues of RT America had to follow a US law dating back to the Nazi era: Foreign Agents Registration Act., (FARA).

This law forced all RT America reporters to register under threat of arrest and had to send a list of all the people they contacted and interviewed so that they could do their job. All of this had repercussions on RT en Español, he indicated. He even underlines that many experts or politicians did not want to speak for the RT news channel for fear of being singled out or having repercussions from their universities or organizations.

During the Donald Trump situation and the Russiagate his credentials were withdrawn to enter Congress, a move supported by American mass media journalists themselves. He stressed that all this was intensified by the Democratic Party and a series of accusations by the US intelligence agencies that were based on pure lies.

So far he adds that none of his work as a journalist has been refuted and he challenges anyone to investigate his investigations. She assures that she does not have a drop of propaganda. Ultimately, Trump was found not guilty on charges that he conspired with Russia to win the 2016 election.

Fortunately, Villar’s great commitment and passion is with the people who are ignored, who have no voice, and that has allowed him to do his job: “All the material is visible to everyone, that is why the book is called “Slaves United, the other side of american dream“Because the data is not hidden, it is visible to everyone, it is only a matter of people wanting to see it.”

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