Suggested Readings

First Series: “Current Events in the U.S. / Mexico Border Region”

General Background

*Anzaldua, Gloria: Chapter 1, “The Homeland, Aztlán” from Borderlands / La Frontera

*Radiolab Border Trilogy (parts 1-3),

August 17: Trump’s asylum policies and the transnational borderlands during COVID-19

*Heyman, Josiah, Jeremy Slack, and Emily Guerra. 2018. Bordering a ‘Crisis’: Central American Asylum Seekers and the Reproduction of Dominant Border Enforcement Practices. Journal of the Southwest. 60(4)

*Reidy, Eric. 2020. Coronavirus and the Halting of Asylum at the U.S. / Mexico Border. The New Humanitarian.  

*Navarette, Blanca and Gabriella Sanchez. 2020. Risks and challenges to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees living under Covid-19 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Migration Policy Practice 10(2) Human Rights First. 2020.

*Delivered to Danger: Trump administration sending migrants and asylum seekers to danger.  

*NISGUA handout on Asylum Coooperation Agreements:

*Somos Una América film:

August 24: Indigenous resilience, militarization, and the coloniality of the U.S. / Mexico border

*Ryan Devereaux,“’We are still here:’ Native Activists in Arizona resist Trump’s Border Wall,” The Intercept, November 24, 2019

*Kendra Chamberlain, “Nuclear Colonialism: Indigenous opposition grows against proposal for nation’s largest nuclear storage facility in NM,” The NM Political Report, November 14, 2019

*Miller, Todd. June 12, 2019. “How Border Patrol Occupied the Tohono O’odham Nation” In These Times

*Gentry, Blake, Boyce, G.A., Garcia, J.M. and Chambers, S.N., 2019. Indigenous survival and settler colonial dispossession on the Mexican frontier: The case of Cedagĭ Wahia and Wo’oson O’odham indigenous communities. Journal of Latin American Geography, 18(1), pp.65-93.

*Tamez, Margo, 2012. The Texas–Mexico border wall and Ndé memory. in Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, borders, and global crisis, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press

August 31: Language justice, language imperialism, and border militarization

*Gentry, Blake. 2020. O’odham Niok? In Indigenous Languages, U.S. ‘Jursidprudence’ Means Nothing. UCLA Chicana/o Latina/o Law Review 37(1)

*Democracy Now! Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge

*Yasnaya Aguilar “Our languages are not dying, they are being killed”

*Vélez-Ibáñez, Carlos G., Hegemonies of Language and their Discontents: The Southwest North American Region Since 1540, p. 23-27

September 14: LGBTQ+ Migrant Organizing: Stories of Resistance and Resilience

*Bassichis, Morgan; Lee, Alexander; and Spade, Dean. “Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement with Everything We’ve Got” in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Editors Stanley, Eric; Smith, Nat.

*TransQueer Pueblo, “#Letters for Liberation from La Palma” 

*Nicole Narea, “LGBTQ immigrants talk about waiting on 2 life-changing Supreme Court decisions,” Vox, June 18, 2020

*Katalina Hatfield, “The Precarious Position of Transgender Immigrants and Asylum Seekers,” Human Rights Campaign, January 4, 2019

September 21: Unpacking the U.S. Midwest as a borderland

*Todd Miller “The Not-so-soft Underbelly of the North” from Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Frontline of Homeland Security San Francisco: City Lights

*Nicholas De Genova. 2005. “Locating a Mexican Chicago in the Space of the U.S. Nation-State” and “The Politics of Production” in Working the boundaries: Race, space, and “illegality” in Mexican Chicago. Duke University Press. B

*Boyce, G.A., 2018. Appearing ‘out of place’: Automobility and the everyday policing of threat and suspicion on the US/Canada frontier. Political Geography, 64, pp.1-12.

*Jefferson, B.J., 2017. Digitize and punish: Computerized crime mapping and racialized carceral power in Chicago. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35(5), pp.775-796.

*Mijente factsheet on gang databases and immigration enforcement

Second Series: “Tools and Strategies for Organizing and Social Justice”

General background

Daniel Hunter, Chapter 1: Roles in Movement Building in Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow, 2015,  5-18

October 5: Grassroots Organizing and Legal Avenues in the Struggle for Immigrant Rights

Martha Escobar “No One is Criminal” in Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Struggle and Strategy Against the Prison Industrial Complex

Christopher Stenken “Detention and Access to Justice: A Florence Project Case Study” in Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis

“Fact Sheet: Asylum in the United States”, American Immigrantion Council  

“What is DACA”, The New York Times,

October 19: Language Justice: Tools and Training for Language Justice

Antena- How to Build Language Justice (pdf)

Chapter 5: Queering Language, Center for Participatory Change, Language Justice Curriculum (pdf)

Soul Tent Stories:

October 26: Self-defense for Social Justice and Community Autonomy

Self-defense Against White Supremacy: Finding a path toward community-based self-determination 

Neoliberalism is a System of Power and Money 

On Paramilitarism, Disappearances, Fascism, and Civil War

Kenosha, Wisconsin: The Calling Cards of Fascist Paramilitarism 

November 2: Wellness and the Politics of Wellness

Naomi Ortiz, Sustaining Spirit: Self-care for Social Justice, 2018. Selected chapters

November 9: Social Justice, Healing Justice, and Art Expression

Joy Harjo, “How to Write a Poem in a Time of War,” Poetry Foundation, 2017

Audre Lorde, “Poetry is not a luxury,” Sister Outsider, 1984, 36-39

Esther Díaz Martín, “Aprender Bordando: Embroidery as Meditation and Knowledge Making” in Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices, 2019, 80-82

Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Jr., “Joto Rituals for Healing, Self-Love. and Social Justice” in Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices, 2019, 88-90

adrienne maree brown, “Interdependence and Decentralization: who we are and how we share,” in Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, 2017, 83-102