Imperialism, Climate Crisis, and Struggle – An evening with Harsha Walia & Luz Rivera – Nov. 14

Sunday, November 8th, 5 to 7 pm
Eliot Chapel – First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Avenue

“Climate change is the vicious end result of an international class war that started with slavery and imperialism and is now manifest as neo-liberal globalisation.”
Paul Sumburn, “A New Weather Front”

Climate destabilization, resource privatization, cultural genocide, forced migration, repression, gentrification, incarceration, displacement, struggle, survival: while we live in this storm of crises, the connections between them can sometimes feel subterranean, veiled by the shadowy machinations of capitalism. Join us as Harsha Walia and Luz Rivera Martinez, both deeply skilled anti-capitalist organizers with decades of experience, articulate these crises as interconnected and escalating symptoms of a system rooted in neo-liberalism and neo-colonization.

Harsha and Luz will speak about their work and experiences cultivating fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, and how “climate change” threatens to or is already compounding the forces of state and corporate violence against which they struggle.

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist, writer, and popular educator rooted in migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, Palestinian liberation, antiracist, feminist, anti-imperialist, and anticapitalist movements and communities for over a decade. She is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism and works with No One Is Illegal – Vancouver/Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Luz Rivera Martinez has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, women’s, peasant and labor movements. She works with the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC).

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