NPEC Presents: Imperialism: the US and Mexico

Start: 2023-09-30 14:00:00 UTC Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: 2023-09-30 15:30:00 UTC Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP

The relationship between the United States and Mexico, both today and historically, constitutes a significant feature of U.S. imperialism. Speakers at this panel event will discuss concepts of imperialism; the long drive by U.S. capital and the U.S. government to dominate Mexico and seize economic benefits at the expense of Mexico and the working class of both countries; and Mexican/Chicano labor in the U.S. including the ways in which the U.S. imperialist relation to Mexico has tended to divide the working class and responses to those divisions. This unequal relationship continues today, affecting workers on both sides of the border. We aim to develop a better understanding of the relationship between the two countries and deepen our bonds of solidarity. This panel event was organized by the Democratic Socialists of America's National Political Education Committee.


Bill Gallegos: I am a longtime activist in the farm workers' union movement, campaigns to build Chican@ political power in the electoral arena, and efforts to ensure that the expanding clean energy infrastructure is prioritized for low-income rural and urban communities. I am the author of 'Reflections on the Green Economy,' 'The Struggle for Chicago Liberation,' 'The Sunbelt Strategy and Chicano Liberation,' and 'The Struggle for Language Equality is a Struggle for Democracy,' as well as a poetry series.

Luisa Martinez: I have thirteen years of community organizing experience, including two terms on the Portland DSA Steering Committee. I am a formerly undocumented Latin American immigrant and full-time union organizer. I have organized around homeless rights, immigrant justice, anti-war, workers’ rights, and international solidarity with the global south.

Vamsi Vakulabharanam: I am Co-Director of the Asian Political Economy Program and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have written on Imperialism in the South Asian Region, globalization and agrarian change, inequalities in China and India, and urban political economy in India. I am the author of 'South Asian Economies in Two Imperialist Regimes Between 1950 and 2020' published in The Oxford Handbook of Economic Imperialism (Oxford University Press).

Event by
Luke Pickrell
Richmond, California