Writer Gabriel Schivone will speak on topics ranging from nonfiction to graphic fiction including his climate sci-fi comic, Into the Sun, and a forthcoming nonfiction book, Making the New “Illegal”: How Decades of U.S. Involvement in Central America Triggered the Modern Wave of Immigration.
Focusing on Guatemala, Schivone will discuss the backdrop of U.S. history and policy reaching back to the 1930s. He will show how the United States, with help from client states including Israel, used Guatemala as a “laboratory” for counterinsurgency warfare applied throughout the region and imported to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Refugee- and economic-based migration naturally followed. After tracing the transition from counterinsurgency to today’s Guatemalan homeland security state overseen by the United States, Schivone will end by introducing the concept of “migration as reparations” as a framework around which to build countervailing forces to support self-determination and migrant-indigenous justice efforts in the hemisphere.