“Ensuring labor protections and citizenship status is the most ethical and effective counter to the far right's anti-migrant racism. Otherwise, attacks on migrant workers -- buttressed by ubiquitous anti-Indigenous, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-Roma and anti-Latinx racism -- will continue to work as intended for capitalist interests: channeling irregular migration into precarious migration, lowering the wage floor for all workers, and expanding carceral governance." ― Harsha Walia
A community that studies together, grows together. As we step into our 33rd year since the founding of the SOA Watch, we move to continuously deepen our shared analysis of U.S. foreign policies and militarization, their measurable links to the mass displacement of impoverished Black and Brown communities throughout the hemisphere, and the ever-expanding U.S. prison and immigrant detention systems.
Through chapter reviews, guiding questions, and open discussions, we seek to sharpen our tools/expand our knowledge while applying lessons into our own lives and community work. We invite you to bring your thoughts, questions, and experiences, as we dive into the Dismantling Borders Book Club inaugural book selection.
In Border and Rule, one of North America’s foremost thinkers and immigrant rights organizers delivers an unflinching examination of migration as a pillar of global governance and gendered racial class formation. Harsha Walia disrupts easy explanations for the migrant and refugee crises, instead showing them to be the inevitable outcomes of conquest, capitalist globalization, and climate change generating mass dispossession worldwide.
Border and Rule explores a number of seemingly disparate global geographies with shared logics of border rule that displace, immobilize, criminalize, exploit, and expel migrants and refugees. With her keen ability to connect the dots, Walia demonstrates how borders divide the international working class and consolidate imperial, capitalist, ruling class, and racist nationalist rule. Ambitious in scope and internationalist in orientation, Border and Rule breaks through American exceptionalist and liberal responses to the migration crisis and cogently maps the lucrative connections between state violence, capitalism, and right-wing nationalism around the world.
A must-read in these difficult times of war, inequality, climate change, and global health crisis, Border and Rule is a clarion call for revolution. The book includes a foreword from renowned scholar Robin D. G. Kelley and an afterword from acclaimed activist-academic Nick Estes.
Virtual meetings will take place every other week at the same time 7:00 PM EST | 6:00 PM CST| 5:00 PM MT | 4:00 PM PST.
Sunday, February 13th Book Club Launch |Foreward, Introduction
Sunday, February 27th Part 1. Displacement Crisis, Not Border Crisis | Chapters 1 - 3
Sunday, March 13th Part 2. "Illegals" and "Undesirables": The Criminalization of Migration | Chapters 4-6
Sunday, March 27th Part 3. Capitalist Globalization and Insourcing of Migrant Labor | Chapters 7 - 9
Sunday, April 10th Part 4. Making Race, Mobilizing Racist Nationalism | Chapters 10, 11, Conclusion
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