[act-ma] In 45-minutes: Global Implications of the US Elections - Rose Brewer, Sahar Francis, Ana Monzon, & Patrick Bond

Suren Moodliar suren at fairjobs.org
Fri Nov 20 07:18:46 PST 2020

FRIDAY, 11:00 A.M. EASTERN, 11/20/20

The Empire Unclothed: Implications of the 2020 US Elections for Humanity
and Mother Earth

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Join *Patrick Bond *(South Africa), *Rose Brewer *(Minnesota), *Sahar
Francis *(Palestine), and *Ana Silvia Monzon *(Guatemala) to understand the
global implications of the recent U.S. elections.

*Patrick Bond *teaches at the University of the Western Cape (South
Africa). He specializes in political economy, geopolitics, political
ecology (resource extraction, energy, water, and climate change), social
mobilization, state-society relations, and public policy. He has authored
dozens of books including Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation
(2006), Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa
(2014), and Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below

*Rose M. Brewer *is a sociologist and the Morse Alumni Distinguished
Teaching Professor of African American & African Studies, and a graduate
faculty member in American Studies and Gender Women and Feminist Studies at
the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her books include The Color of
Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide (2006), Black
Radical Theory and Practice: Gender, Race, and Class. (2003), and The
United States Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement (2010).

*Sahar Francis *has been the General Director--since 2006--of
Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a
Palestinian NGO providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian
political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. An attorney by
training, she joined the association in 1998, first as a human rights
lawyer, then as head of the Legal Unit. Sahar did her practice on Human
Rights in the Society of Saint Yves in Jerusalem. In 1997, she worked at
the Badil Refugee Rights Center. She completed her masters in International
Studies at Bir Zeit University and her Law degree at Haifa University.

*Ana Silvia Monzon *is a Sociologist and feminist communicator. She is the
Coordinator and Professor of gender and feminism in the FLACSO-Guatemala
where she also earned her Ph.D. in social studies. Her doctoral thesis
“Women, citizenship, and migration in the context of international
migration to the United States” was awarded by the Central America
University-UCA and UNDP El Salvador (2010). Currently, she a member of the
University Women´s Commission, the Board of the American Sociological
Association for Central America, and Delegate to the Board of the Latin
American Association of Sociology-ALAS (2013-2015). She is the Co-founder
of the broadcast initiatives Voces de Mujeres (1993), Red Mujeres al Aire,
Mujeres Abriendo Caminos (Los Angeles, California) and the TV program
Mujeres Convocando. She is a member of the editorial board of the feminist
newspaper *La Cuerda*.

* Background to this event:* It is often said, in relation to elections
taking place in the US, that “The whole world is watching." This is perhaps
never more so however than this year, in November 2020. This is the case
for many reasons, some more obvious than others, but most attributable to
or consequent on the fact that the US is the most powerful imperial power.
This time, it’s also a function of having a person as president who has
swung the country and its politics to the extreme right and normalized a
political culture of deceit, manipulation, and abuse – and which is
resonating with similar tendencies that have arisen across the world, and
especially in sub-imperial powers, as one outcome among many, of

But the US today faces challenges both from within and without, most of its
own making. The white supremacy that defines the US republic is today being
challenged from the streets and in popular culture by African Americans,
Latinx, Indigenous, other people of color, together with self-defined white
progressives and allies. Although the rebellion today recalls a previous,
near-decade-long broad challenge, the civil rights and Black movements
beginning in the 1960s, it confronts a very different state, one that is at
once enfeebled by decades of neoliberal globalization and empowered by new
surveillance and repressive capacities. Nonetheless, the authoritarian
populism of its current administration, just as that of its extreme right
global counterparts, renders it uninterested in effectively responding to
and addressing pandemics, economic dislocations, and climate breakdown. But
saying that they are ineffective or incompetent responses should not
suggest that they are unimpactful; quite the contrary, the world as a whole
is today being pulverized by the US ruling class’s neoliberal and
militarist responses to its own inadequacies.

A strategic analysis that centers the building of exchang0es between
people’s movements is the core of the Movements of Movements process – of
its books, website, and web event series. The Movements of Movements
Conversations is therefore now looking to activist thinkers from across the
world and their readings of the implications of the US elections, the first
on October 16, 2020, before the elections, and the second on November 20,
2020, immediately after the elections. Our objective is to critically
discuss the nature and meanings of the US elections this year, and of their
implications for the peoples of the US, for the peoples of the world--both
colonized and free--and for life on Mother Earth. These combined web
dialogues will together chart the Movements of Movements as peoples around
the world envision and work towards new realities and liberation.

Our meeting's facilitators are Liz Mestres and Suren Moodliar.


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