Lecture: Political Activism and the Racialization of Migrant Labor
October 30, 2019
2:30 pm-3:45 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Political activism and the racialization of migrant labor: Portuguese-speaking populations from the 20th century to the present.
Histories of white nationalism in US law and discourse to criminalize, marginalize and racialize migrant progressive politics and labor activities will be explored using a case example of Portuguese-speaking workers coming to New England over the 20th century from Europe, the Atlantic Islands and Africa, and more recently from Brazil. How migrants have fought back against limitations on their civic rights as a result of evolving, fluid and often contradictory intersections of racial and ethnic categorizations will be discussed through the socialist and communist labor movement; anti-immigrant laws; the Americanization move- ment and involvement with migrant civic associations; industrial capitalism’s exploitation of migrant workers and role in racial marginalization; and migrant agency and action for change.