C.J. Alvarez will discuss the history of policing on the U.S.-Mexico border from the point of view of those most affected by it. From the 19th century to the present day, U.S. officials have explained that border policing operations are necessary for “security,” but border policing activities have created great insecurity, destabilization, and dislocation for millions of people.
Alvarez is an assistant professor in the department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, and an affiliate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies. He is working on a book on border policing titled The Shape of the Border: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide.
The event is sponsored by the Workers Defense Project and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. The talk with start at 6 pm, with light refreshments at 5:30 pm.
Location: Workers Defense Project, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723