Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She has been involved in community-based grassroots migrant justice, feminist, anti-racist, Indigenous solidarity, anti-capitalist, Palestinian liberation, and anti-imperialist movements, including No One is Illegal and Women's Memorial March Committee. She is formally trained in law, and has worked with women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. She is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013) and Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism and the Rise of Racist Nationalism. She currently works as Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association.
Below the Radar invites Harsha Walia to discuss migrant justice, movement practices, and the underlying forces that govern oppressive border practices on a global scale. She is in conversation with host Am Johal about her recently released book, Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism (Fernwood Publishing, 2021).In this episode, they discuss Harsha's interrogation of border imperialism and the violence enacted through borders. Am asks Harsha about how her organizing background around race and migration informs her writing. She speaks to a nuanced framework for thinking about borders and migrant justice globally, connecting issues of populist nationalism, racial capitalism, migrant workers, deportations and detentions, eco-fascism, the technology of border enforcement, and more.Resources:— Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism (Fernwood Publishing, 2021) by Harsha Walia: https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/border-and-rule— Undoing Border Imperialism (AK Press, 2013) by Harsha Walia: https://www.akpress.org/undoing-border-imperialism.html — No One Is Illegal: https://noii-van.resist.ca/ — BC Civil Liberties Association: https://bccla.org/
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