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The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies is pleased to invite you to a book reading with Mr. Jorge Suárez Vélez of his book
Ahora o Nunca: La gran oportunidad de México para crecer
Tuesday December 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The Moot Court, on the 6th floor, New Building
(524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019)
Ahora o Nunca: La gran oportunidad de México para crecer is an urgent and timely diagnostic about the historic opportunity that Mexico has to accelerate its economic development.
How? Since 2008, when the growth of industrial countries diminished, nations like Brazil, Russia, India and China compensated with their vigorous development. However, in actuality those same engines are beginning to slow down and have propitiated an unforeseen crisis in Europe. That process will nurture populist, nationalist, and isolationist movements but it can also become a timely catalyst to adopt postponed measures, as explained by Jorge Suárez Vélez. After several years of industrial capacity that has migrated to China, explains the author, the tendency begins to reverse itself as the Asian nation allows for competitiveness and many North American companies favor the geographical closeness with Mexico. In addition, the selection of Brazil as the chosen destination of foreign investment in Latin America is changing, and many investors have set their sights on Mexico for the relative superiority of its manufacturing industry, its commercial strength and its minimal bureaucratic burden. With an agile style, this minuscule analysis of Mexico's economical panorama adds a key element: the energetic integration with the United States offers an ideal setting to generate an economic cooperation in the region and enables Mexico to become, against all the prognostics, the principal beneficiary of the consolidation of the United States markets.
The book will be available for sale at the event, with all proceeds benefiting the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies scholarship program: CUNY-IME Becas.
Reform Without Justice. Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State by CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies' Board Member, Alfonso Gonzales
Book Launch Reception and
Panel Discussion at NYU
Join us for a book launch reception and panel discussion on Latino immigration.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Floor 4, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003
Cristina Beltran, Author of “The Trouble with Unity” & Professor at NYU, Latino Studies
Juan Gonzalez, Journalist and Author of “Harvest of Empire”
David Brotherton, Author of numerous books and Professor at John Jay College, Department of Sociology
Monica Nova, Human Rights Advocate and Consultant with Families for Freedom
The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter building.
Book Party at La Casa Azul Bookstore
Friday, December 6, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Location: La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd Street New York, NY 10029
Join Professor Alfonso Gonzales for a community reading followed by a celebration, in East Harlem.
MC Diego Hernandez of the Raza Youth Collective.
Maria Huerta, Migrant Power Alliance
Denise Romero, Migrant Power Alliance, YaYa Network.
Alejandra Lopez, Attorney
Donald Anthonyson, Families for Freedom
The event is free and open to the public.
About the book: Placed within the context of the past decade's war on terror and emergent Latino migrant movement, Reform without Justice addresses the issue of state violence against migrants in the United States. It questions what forces are driving draconian migration control policies and why it is that, despite its success in mobilizing millions, the Latino migrant movement and its allies have not been able to more successfully defend the rights of migrants. Gonzales argues that the contemporary Latino migrant movement and its allies face a dynamic form of political power that he terms "anti-migrant hegemony". This type of political power is exerted in multiple sites of power from Congress, to think tanks, talk shows and local government institutions, through which a rhetorically race neutral and common sense public policy discourse is deployed to criminalize migrants. Most insidiously anti-migrant hegemony allows for large sectors of "pro-immigrant" groups to concede to coercive immigration enforcement measures such as a militarized border wall and the expansion of immigration policing in local communities in exchange for so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Given this reality, Gonzales sustains that most efforts to advance immigration reform will fail to provide justice for migrants. This is because proposed reform measures ignore the neoliberal policies driving migration and reinforce the structures of state violence used against migrants to the detriment of democracy for all. Reform without Justice concludes by discussing how Latino migrant activists - especially youth - and their allies can change this reality and help democratize the United States.
“A riveting and groundbreaking account of the modern battle over U.S. immigration policy. Alfonso Gonzales has not only managed to unravel the direct relationship between global capitalism and massive Latino migration to this country, he has fashioned an illuminating analysis of the internal class and racial conflicts that shaped the immigrant rights movement over the past decade — between liberal establishment groups merely seeking immigration reform and grassroots Latino leaders of a new human rights movement.”
— Juan González, author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
“Reform Without Justice is a timely and courageous text that should be required reading for scholars and activists alike. It is an important contribution and bravely offers the critical perspective necessary for the achievement of truly just and humane migration policy.”
–Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis