FROM OAXACA TO CHICAGO: THE CRIMINALIZATION AND MILITARIZATION OF BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES

Dec. 4, 2013, 5:30PM, PUJA, 729 W. Maxwell St.

From Chicago to Oaxaca to Palestine and beyond, the criminalization of immigrants crossing borders, movements seeking social justice, and the militarization of streets and communities has produced segregated zones where suspicion and fear are the norm. While governments see more police and surveillance as a way to secure streets and bodies, in all of these sites people have organized and mobilized in the search for community safety.

Roundtable speakers include:

  • Lulú Martínez is a student and activist at UIC. As co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, she has worked tirelessly to transform and challenge U.S. federal immigration policy, practices, and the discourse of immigrant legality/illegality.
  • Patrisia Macias-Rojas is a sociologist at UIC who has investigated the convergence of immigration and criminal law within U.S.-Mexico border enforcement for the last ten years.
  • Andy Clarno is a sociologist at UIC who is currently working on a book exploring the impact of walled enclosures and the politics of security in Johannesburg and Jerusalem.
  • Joaquín Chavez is an historian at UIC whose practical and scholarly work centers on the revolutionary social movement of El Salvador and peace and reconciliation efforts across the globe.
  • Ronak Kapadia is a cultural theorist at UIC who works on the intersection of the logics and tactics of U.S. counterinsurgency and critical art practices.
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