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Against the Deportation Terror: Tracing the Roots of Immigrant Rights Activism

Dept. of Chicano & Latino Studies presents 2017-2018 Critical Conversation Series
September 15, 2017 - 3:00pm

402 Walter Library (117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

Against the Deportation Terror: Tracing the Roots of Immigrant Rights Activism

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Rachel Ida Buff
Professor, History | Coordinator, Comparative Ethnic Studies | University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

 

This talk explores the connections between immigrant rights advocacy during the Cold War and the more recent fluorescence of a national movement. Specifically, I examine the case of Nicaraguan American labor organizer Humberto Silex, and the multiracial coalition that emerged in South Texas to combat his denaturalization and deportation.  While short-lived, this coalition eventually influenced the California Chicano Movement's articulation of a pro-migrant, anti-Migra position.  This position, in turn, became grounds for collaboration between West Coast and East Coast  immigrant rights organizations, connecting the struggles of Haitian, Latinx and European migrants into the 1970s and 1980s.


This event is co-sponsored by the Immigration History Research Center and American Studies.