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Daniel Denvir in conversation with John Washington

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

discussing the subject of their new titles from Verso Books

All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It

and

The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum at the US-Mexican Border and Beyond

both published by Verso Books

This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Crowdcast platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Crowdcast before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Crowdcast.

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What has been said about the work of Dan Denvir and John Washington:

Praise for All-American Nativism

“As Daniel Denvir’s exceptional book shows, the history of US immigration politics is central to understanding how our many crises have converged in this moment. It’s precisely the kind of analysis our movements need to pry open the fissures of the current order, and join in common struggle for a better world.”

“This is the book we need, a searing work of scholarship that explains how we entered the current hellscape of American politics and what we have to do to get out. The roots of white nativism are deep, as Denvir’s book makes clear, but like all roots can be pulled up and killed. All-American Nativism will help us do so.”

“In this timely book, Daniel Denvir tackles an important question: what is old and what is new in Trump’s nativism? Denvir helps us understand both the historical roots and the more recent routes by which ‘build the wall’ came to be the central rallying cry of racial-nationalism. A must-read for anyone who wants to know how we got here.”

All American Nativism excavates the history of anti-immigrant politics in the United States and reveals a difficult truth: Donald Trump is the symptom, and not the cause, of a bipartisan consensus underlying the current war on immigrants. In this sense, Denvir’s book is an invaluable tool for organizers and activists who subscribe to what Paulo Freire meant by praxis, where reflection and action are required to bring about transformative change.”

All-American Nativism powerfully explores the deep roots of nativism in national life as well as how Trump’s agenda is itself the culmination of the policies and the logic pursued for decades by both major parties. In the process, Daniel Denvir masterfully demonstrates the relationship between today’s debates over immigration and ongoing struggles against neoliberal austerity, mass incarceration, and the violence of the security state. In this way, the book not only offers a diagnosis of the present, but also a stirring vision of solidarity and change. This is an essential and profound work, providing critical insights about the American experience and where to go from here.”

“Traces the development of anti-immigrant sentiment.”

“In an era of massive and unprecedented human migration, John Washington documents in his poignant book how the poverty and violence powerful nations inflict on poor countries is a major reason so many flee their lives and families. Offering expansive historical analysis of how ancient religions, cultures, and societies understood the imperative of welcoming the outsider, particularly those seeking safety from harm or death, and contrasting it with our current world order, Washington has written one of the most important books of our time on one of the most dire systematic injustices on our planet. I read this book in one sitting because I simply couldn’t put it down.”

The Dispossessed is one of the most beautiful and wrenching books I’ve read in a long time. We are becoming a stateless world, as the combined effects of climate change, war, and struggles of resources push people from their land and their homes. John Washington’s book offers no easy answers, but in its empathy, it is a guide for how we confront the crisis with decency.”

“John Washington delivers an absorbing, harrowing, and deeply moving reportage that renders the most thorough and critical assessment of the US asylum system that I have ever read.”

“John Washington is a rarity in the world of Central American migration. He doesn’t parachute into tragedy. He travels with humility and seeks to understand, not to reaffirm his hypotheses. This is a book from someone who has been understanding for a long time. I’ve been covering migration in Central America, Mexico, and the United States for thirteen years, and I can say with complete conviction: Read this book.”

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Date:
May 12
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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