Now let us shift; Examining Latinx Migrant Resistance via Women of Color Feminism

Authors: Rafael Solórzano*, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Immigration/Transnationalism, Gender
Keywords: Women of Color Feminism, Latinx, Social Movements
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Virginia A, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Gender, Queer, and Ethnic Studies scholars have been quick to point out that traditional understandings of social movements cannot fully capture the value and energy of movements organized around class-based conflicts to identity-based movements (Beltrán, 2010; Pallares, 2015; Pulido, 2006). At this point then, what theoretical frameworks and archives best capture the intersectional experiences and inner workings of power within Latinx mobilizations? My study of the Trail of Dreams, an undocumented youth-led mobilization, and Latina/o/x political mobilizations across the U.S. South will serve as key example. Mexican and Latina/o/x political activism in the U.S. South is representative of the radical coalitional groundwork emerging from small rural towns to urban cities, that connects migrant, queer, Black and Brown communities. This paper aims to discuss the need to adopt a methodology that exemplifies the inner workings of their resistance multiple scales, and allows us, the scholar, to draw from different archives—those found in the valuable work of queer and women of color feminist scholars—that mainstream social science scholars often fail to draw from. The study’s primary research questions are: How does applying women of color feminism to Latinx migrant rights activism redefine how we analyze freedom movements? And, how does it help us understand racialization and multi-racial alliance building in the migrant rights movement? This research is based primarily on 40 in-depth interviews of migrant rights activist in Miami, Fl, Atlanta, GA, and Greensboro, NC. This is supplemented with organizational archival sources, and blog posts from the Trai

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