9 Critical Points on Anti-Blackness, Immigration and Why Latinxs Must Shut It Down Too

by on May 10, 2017

9 Critical Points on Anti-Blackness, Immigration and Why Latinxs Must Shut It Down Too

By: Raul Alcaraz-Ochoa, Jorge Gutierrez, Alan Pelaez, Deborah Alemu
Published 7 August 2016
URL: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/9-Points-on-Anti-Blackness-and-Why-Latinxs-Must-Shut-It-Down-20160806-0019.html

Immigrant rights leaders in the U.S. show how to concretely build solidarity between the immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter movements.

An Open Letter to the Immigrant Rights Movement:

In light of the brutal murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Delrawn Smalls Dempsey, Alva Braziel, Joyce Quaweay, Skye Mockabee and Korryn Gaines, anti-Blackness, patriarchy and transphobia need to profoundly and urgently be addressed within immigrant rights organizing, now more than ever. Although non-Black Latinx solidarity with Black lives has increased and grown, there is still a lot of work to be done.

How do Latinxs and the immigrant rights movement navigate anti-Blackness? First of all what is anti-Blackness?

“Anti-Blackness is not simply the racist actions of a white man with a grudge nor is it only a structure of racist discrimination—anti-blackness is the paradigm that binds blackness and death together so much so that one cannot think of one without the other,” according to Nicholas Brady in the Progressive.

Moreover, white supremacy is not a system of oppression that operates under a “one size fits all” approach. Instead, it targets people differently depending on how much capital it takes from a particular community and how much power and brutality it wields over them. In other words, the difference between anti-Blackness and white supremacy is that anti-Blackness is a more pervasive, systematic and brutal form of white supremacy.

Furthermore, Black author and professor Frank B. Wilderson argues that U.S. economy, society and “democracy” is possible only by holding Black bodies captive—historically through chattel slavery and today through the prison industrial complex.

Subconsciously, non-Black immigrants equate Blackness to holding a non-human status and consequently seek to distance themselves from the terror and bullets Blackness magnetizes; non-Black immigrants invest in asserting their dehumanized brown selves to be subjects by rejecting the status of the non-human Black object.

Clear examples of how non-Black Latinx have unintentionally internalized this include the anti-Blackness within our own families and the once common immigrant rights slogan: “We are not the criminals,” where Latinxs have thrown the Black community under the bus in marches, rallies, media interviews and negotiations and collaboration with the government.

Latinx people have the privilege of going back and forth between being perceived as a subhuman whitewashed category and, on the other hand, being politically relegated to the undocumented shadows of Blackness. Here is where the denial begins and where being non-Black Latinx immigrants gets complicated.

Although Latinx are complicit to and benefit from anti-Blackness, undocumented status also casts immigrants in a position of invisibility. Undocumented people do not exist within civil society, because they are a subterraneous underclass—and by extension the Latinx community with papers as well. Brown bodies are persecuted, terrorized and subordinated by the same anti-Black, capitalist, patriarchal, transphobic system they seek to be a part of.

However, this happens to Latinxs at a different degree because the Latinx community has a different relation to the U.S. than the Black community. Although there are parallels, there are clear non-Black privileges and differences that Latinx must consistently recognize and check before making vague calls for unity.

It is important to highlight that the full weight of anti-Blackness and anti-immigrant xenophobia collides upon the undocumented Black immigrant body. First, the undocumented Black immigrant is subjugated to a perpetual state of ghettoization, according to Patricia Hill Collins in “Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge,Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment,” fed by the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, Jim Crow laws and our current school-to-prison pipeline.

This ghettoization makes it so that non-Black society understands the Black body as “lazy,” “criminal” and “violent.” Through this perspective, the non-Black undocumented immigrant benefits from a societal anti-Blackness that deems their brown/white body as “hard working,” more “trustworthy” than Blacks, and by default, “less violent and lazy.”

Here is where we see the Black undocumented experience as one that cannot be compared to the experience of other undocumented populations, especially when Black immigrants are five times more likely to be deported than their non-Black immigrant counterparts.

Furthermore, non-Black immigrants do not share the experience of being Black, yet often share the terrorism of white supremacy that originated with the kidnapping, forced transportation and enslavement of Black people and the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the occupation of their land.

Unequivocally, the Latinx community experiences unemployment, poverty, mass incarceration, detention, deportation, health and education. However, immigrants of all backgrounds benefit from centuries of anti-Blackness and genocide of Indigenous peoples. Although diasporic communities share stories of displacement, that cannot be used as an excuse to dehumanize Black people and perpetuate erasure of the anti-Black foundations of U.S. empire, capitalism and citizenship.

It is only a matter of time and work before we, as an immigrant rights movement, come to terms with the fact that law enforcement terrorism is also a Latinx issue. Doing so will require us to fully abandon the “good” immigrant narrative that leads to fantasies that papers grant liberation. This is a callout for ridding ourselves of criminality being a taboo issue we avoid and deny so that non-Black Latinx can practice transformative solidarity with Black lives.

The following 9 points are critical for non-Black Latinx communities and movements to consider and explore:

  1. Law enforcement is inherently white supremacist and cannot be reformed with dashboard and body cameras, Department of Justice oversight, police accountability, citizenship or relief. Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol must be altogether demilitarized, defunded and dismantled.
  2. Latinx, migrant, trans and queer liberation is impossible to achieve as long as anti-Blackness is the paradigm and Black people are assassinated in cold-blood by law enforcement.
  3. We must rise in solidarity with our Black and undocumented Black immigrant siblings and embrace our proximity to Blackness by recognizing law enforcement terrorism as an issue that also impacts Latinx directly. While at the same time recognizing our differences and non-Black privilege and not claim or co-opt the Black struggle that is not our own.
  4. It is key to develop and grow a political analysis that identifies anti-Blackness, white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, misogyny, transphobia, law enforcement, mass incarceration, borders, citizenship and imperialism as systems that need to be dismantled.
  5. We must organize around class not identity, all while understanding that the dehumanization of Black people will keep us all from liberation. We must be inclusive of UndocuBlack experiences, demands and leadership and expand the narrative of who is an immigrant to include and uplift UndocuBlack, UndocuAsian, UndocuTrans/Queer and UndocuFemme experiences and political analysis.
  6. As non-Black Latinx and non-Black Indigenous people are killed, let’s uplift their names and stories without comparing it to Black deaths and without expressing resentment about the lack of attention they receive by the corporate media; let’s not compare deaths at the expense of or on the backs of the Black community. This is not oppression olympics.
  7. Let’s only use #BlackLivesMatter and not change that hashtag to be about Latinx or brown lives because that is an example of co-opting and making it more about us.
  8. We must show-up, build relationships and be in coalition with our local Black-led organizations under the Movement for Black Lives and assist and follow their leadership.
  9. We must respond, speak-out and organize every time a Black, brown, Indigenous, trans, queer, undocumented person in our community is killed by the police.

Fundamentally, Latinx/brown people are also killed by law enforcement because Black lives don’t matter to this system and our proximity to Blackness, mixed with anti-immigrant xenophobia, attracts bullets. Essentially, all lives won’t matter until Black Lives Matter. It happens to us because it happens to them.

As award-winning Afro-Dominican, feminist poet, Elizabeth Acevedo, shared on Instagram, “One time for those of us who don’t think we are complicit through our silence. One time for those of us who pass in this society and don’t think these issues affect us because we live under the guise of: Latino, Hispanic, light-skinned, Trigueño, Indio, mestizo, or any other term that doesn’t mean sh*t because they will come for us too.”

Needless to say, following July 4, at least eight Latinx have also been assassinated by cops. Here are their names: Pedro Erick Villanueva, Anthony Nuñez, Scott Ramirez, Melissa Ventura, Raul Saavedra-Vargas, Vinson Ramos, Fermin Vincent Valenzuela and Javier Garcia Gaona.

As an immigrant rights movement, we must consistently mourn, uplift and immortalize, as a movement, our Black siblings that are disproportionately murdered by police alongside the names of these Latinx family members also executed by law enforcement. They cannot die anonymously. They need vigils, protests, statements, hashtags, but more importantly our collective outrage and indignation.

Abandoning anti-Blackness means Latinx embrace their own political proximity to minute aspects of Blackness. This does not mean they co-opt a Black struggle as their own, because it is an experience non-Black people will never understand, but rather, they come to recognize the differences and similarities rooted in anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and the ways in which those who are not Black benefit from that on a daily basis.

The work we need to do is both difficult and messy: because Latinx must acknowledge that they are both privileged and oppressed. This is a prerequisite to actual and real solidarity work with Black, undocumented Black immigrant and Afro-Latinx communities.

To conclude, as long as anti-Blackness exists, structurally and interpersonally, and Black people are targeted for murder, Latinxs will never, ever be free. Beyond just solidarity work with Black communities, non-Black Latinx also have a personal and collective stake in eradicating anti-Blackness. We must learn from and follow the courage and interventions of the Movement for Black Lives.

Latinxs must shut it down too alongside our undocumented Black, African-American, Indigenous, trans, queer, Muslim and Asian siblings. We must shift our analysis and consciousness in order to birth a new reality— our own dreams and visions on our own terms.

#BlackLivesMatter #NotOneMore #IdleNoMore #DefundthePolice #DismantleICE


Migrant Workers and Refugees Rise Up!

by on April 30, 2017
International Migrants Association

PRESS STATEMENT
01 May 2017

Reference:
Antonio Arizaga, International Migrants Alliance (IMA) Vice Chairperson
Terry Valen, IMA International Coordinating Body U.S. Representative
Email: ima.usa2011@gmail.com

Migrant Workers and Refugees Rise Up!

Build solidarity with workers and oppressed and exploited peoples of the world!

The International Migrants Alliance-USA Chapter (IMA-USA) stands with all the workers of the world on May 1st, International Workers’ Day.

Ironically, it was in the United States where International Workers’ Day was initiated. Workers in Chicago started a general strike on May 1, 1886 to demand an 8-hour work day. A few days later, some workers were killed by state forces, prompting the bombing at the Haymarket Square, also known as the Haymarket Massacre. Around the world, International Workers’ Day has been commemorated on May 1, except for North America — the United States and Canada.

In recent years, the workers and migrants rights movement in the United States has reclaimed May 1 as International Workers’ Day. In December 2005, the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act, also known as H.R. 4437 or Sensenbrenner Bill, was proposed in the 109th United States Congress criminalizing working-class undocumented migrants and those who would be found helping them. This prompted the mobilization of millions of migrant workers into the streets in different parts of the country on May 1, 2006.

As the United States of America enters a new period under the Trump administration in 2017 — a brazenly fascist, racist and anti-im/migrant president — within his first 100 days in office, we have seen his administration attack immigrants, migrant workers, and working-class people of color through his proposed Executive Orders.

Banning of Muslims, heightened raids in communities, profiling people of color in different parts of the country, continuous deportation of migrants and his plans of building the wall at the Mexican border are only the beginning of his open anti-im/migrant attacks. Trump has also made clear in his pronouncements that refugees are not welcome to the United States.

As migrant workers and refugees, we have long been forcibly displaced victims of the ravages of U.S. Imperialism. With its huge demand for cheap labor to sustain its capitalist needs, to the imperialist and proxy wars that the U.S. has been waging all over the world, displacing peoples from their home countries and resulting in forced migration and the current refugee crisis, Trump has only intensified the U.S. imperialist crises in different global regions. We can expect Trump to continue the horrendous legacy of past U.S. presidents, but we predict he will only worsen these problems, including the climate crisis as a professed climate change denier.

In this light, we call on all migrant workers and refugees to stand up against this new face of U.S. imperialism, still the most powerful among the world super-powers. Trump has pitted the U.S. working class against migrant workers and refugees, and so we must strive to create bridges, not bans or walls, to connect our struggles together.

We must build the broadest alliances and mass movements with the working-class peoples and the most oppressed and exploited communities around the world, forging strong international solidarity to resist the neoliberal policies advanced by U.S. imperialism and its representatives across the globe.

This May Day 2017, just like when it was called for in 1886, we support the calls for a general strike and to shut down businesses who do not support the struggles of the working-class, whether migrants, people of color and/or U.S.-born.

A tyrant can only be defeated by the people’s collective voices, efforts and power.  Let us march together as IMA-USA and advance people’s movements and struggles to greater heights!

Migrant workers, refugees, and workers of the world unite!

No to deportations! No bans! No walls! No to U.S. imperialist wars!

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http://tinyurl.com/imausa-mayday2017


NY and NJ Groups Call for May Day Strike

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New York and New Jersey Community-Based Groups Call for a Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees and All Workers on May 1

The May Day Union Square Coalition

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACTS: Michael Bellamy (216) 571-4517

EN ESPANOL: Daniel Vila (718) 414-9558

Email: bellamymichaeld@gmail.com vila4000@hotmail.com

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May Day 2017

New York, NY — On May 1,2017, the International Workers Day, organizations all over New York City and New Jersey are calling to shut it down and strike to defend migrants, refugees and all workers. These groups, ranging from immigrants rights groups, workers groups and progressive labor unions to anti-imperialist organizations, and community based organizations, are calling for a mobilization on May 1, 2017 at Union Square at 12PM, with a teach-in at 2:30PM, and a march at 5PM.

Attacks against migrants and workers have increased in the fascist climate of Trump’s regime.  From the ban against refugees and migrants from 7 Muslim countries, the increasing raids and deportations of immigrants, and criminalization of black and brown bodies, the Trump administration has openly espoused the violence of the U.S. state against marginalized communities that previous administrations have also perpetuated.

US wars are directly responsible for thousands of civilian deaths and the creation of millions of refugees. In March 2017, more Syrian civilians were killed by US-led coalitions than ISIS or Russian-led forces combined. Since the Syrian war broke out in 2011, almost 5 million Syrians have become refugees fleeing their home country to escape the horrors of this imperialist war. The destruction of an entire country following US intervention is nothing new to us. We have seen this pattern in examples such as Iraq under President Bush and Libya under President Obama. These wars that force people from their homes are waged in the name of profit of the U.S.

The U.S. further profits from migrants and refugees that come to the U.S.  Throughout the history of the US, the massive wealth of this nation has been built on Black slave labor and exploitation of cheap immigrant labor.

Convenors and endorsers of the mobilization at Union Square stands against the attacks of the Trump administration on migrants, refugees and all workers. We say:

  • STOP THE RAIDS AND DEPORTATIONS
  • END FORCED MIGRATION
  • NO TO US WARS OF AGGRESSION
  • END THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE

Current speakers include International League of Peoples’ Struggle, International Migrants Alliance, Somos Los Otros, NY, Workers World Party, Frente Unido de Inmigrantes Ecuatorianos, Frente Hispano, Asociacion de Troncalenos  residentes en el exterior, New York State Youth Leadership Council, CUNY Student Walk-Out, Workers Justice Project, South Asian Fund for Education,Scholarship and Training (SAFEST), Postal Defenders, Sisa Pakari Cultural & Labor Center, Domestic Workers United, People’s Power Assembly, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Justice Committee, mother of Ramarley Graham, mother of Mohammed Bahs, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, BAYAN, Nodutdol, Labor for Palestine, Green Party, Sane Energy Project, Students for Justice in Palestine, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW Local 232, Queens Solidarity Coalition, Serve the People Awaken Revolutionary Consciousness (SPARC), MACC, Audre Lorde Project, Defend Democracy in Brazil, Nation2Nation Organizers, Split Rock, International Working Women’s Coalition, CAAAV, Equality for Flatbush, Laundry Workers Center, Cosecha, Hoods4Justice, International Action Center.

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For more information on the conveners and endorsers of the May 1st Union Square mobilization, please visit our facebook event page: tinyurl.com/unionsq2017


ICE_free NYC

by on April 27, 2017

SHUT IT DOWN! Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees, and All Workers!
May Day at Union Square – Monday, May 1st 2017
#hastalahuelga #shutitdown #maydaystrike2017

Since 2005, people’s organizations have been organizing at Union Square for all workers. May Day, or International Workers Day, is a day of great significance to the workers and the oppressed masses across the world.

Our main call this year is SHUT IT DOWN! Strike to Defend Migrants, Refugees, and All Workers! We have seen an attack on our people from President Trump’s Executive Orders to ban Muslims and refugees. There have already been over 1,000 civilian deaths in March 2017 by U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, an increase of 5,000 Border Patrol officers and 10,000 ICE agents, and a proposed addition of $54 Billion USD to the national military budget. We cannot allow this to continue.

The organizations that are putting together May Day @ Union Square 2017 are not only resisting Trump but holding the whole corrupt system accountable. We are groups coming together representing Black, Brown, People of Color, Trans, LGBTQGNC, Migrant, Muslim, People with Criminal Convictions, and Indigenous communities who are uniting to defend our people!

We would like to enlist your support for this call to show the people on May 1st, 2017that New York City has had enough. We are going to show the world that the people are ready for a mass movement that will lead to revolutionary change.

Would you like to volunteer for May Day at Union Square?
Here are some key dates coming up:

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Prod Work Session
12 to 6 PM at Solidarity Center (147 W 24th St, 2nd floor)

Sunday, April 30, 2017: Security Briefing + Training
***ALL MARSHALS, EMCEES, VOLUNTEERS REQUESTED TO ATTEND***
3 PM at Solidarity Center (147 W 24th St, 2nd floor)

We are still recruiting for volunteers. We are asking convening organizations to offer at least 2 security marshals/volunteers – Google form! 

SECURITY MARSHALS – NEED 50 PEOPLE
SET UP & CLEAN UP VOLUNTEERS
CULTURAL PERFORMERS

Finally, there is a YouCaring fundraiser to fundraise for May Day! As grassroots groups, we need to collectively pitch in to make May Day happen! Recommended donation from convening organizations is $30 to $50 dollars!

MAY DAY WHERE? UNION SQUARE!

ICE-Free NYC is an endorser of the May Day rally at Union Square 2017.


May Day greetings from Mexico’s SME

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saludos del SME
May Day greetings from Mexico’s SME


Published on Apr 27, 2017

José Humberto Montes de Oca, Secretario del Exterior del Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas envía saludos por el Primero de Mayo.

May Day Greetings of solidarity from José Humberto Montes de Oca, Exterior Secretary of the Mexican Electricians Union


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