A discussion about the violent history and present reality of the border industrial complex, and why and how we must dismantle it.
Join acclaimed writer-activists Harsha Walia, Todd Miller, and John Washington for a timely discussion about the violent origins of national borders, the money and ideology behind the border industrial complex, and why a world without borders is urgently necessary for a more just and sustainable future.
Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 20 years. He resides in Tucson, Arizona, but also has spent many years living and working in Oaxaca, Mexico. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, TomDispatch, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, Guernica, and Al Jazeera English, among other places. Miller is the author of three previous books: Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World (Verso, 2019), Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights, 2017), which was awarded the 2018 Izzy Award for Excellence in Independent Journalism, and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, 2014). His newest book, published by City Lights in 2021, is Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders. He’s a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its column “Border Wars.” Follow him at @memomiller.
Harsha Walia is the award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013) and, most recently, Border and Rule. Trained in the law, she is a community organizer and campaigner in migrant justice, anti-capitalist, feminist, and anti-imperialist movements, including No One Is Illegal and Women’s Memorial March Committee.
John Washington is a writer, translator, and activist. His first book, The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum at the US-Mexico Border and Beyond, about the ancient origins and current legal regime of asylum, traces one persecuted Salvadoran man’s long and arduous search for refuge. A regular contributor to The Nation magazine and The Intercept, Washington writes about immigration and border politics, as well as criminal justice, photography, and literature. Washington is an award winning translator, having translated Óscar Martinez, Anabel Hernández, and Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, among others. A long-term volunteer with No More Deaths, he has been working with activist organizations in Mexico, California, Arizona, and New York for more than a decade. Find him at @jbwashing.
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