The Empire Unclothed: Implications of the 2020 US Elections for Humanity and Mother Earth, Part 2

Friday, November 20, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (US Eastern Standard Time)

Join Patrick Bond (South Africa), Rose Brewer (Minnesota, US), Sahar Francis (Palestine) and Ana Silvia Monzon (Guatemala) to understand the global implications of the recent U.S. elections.

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Patrick Bond teaches at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). He specializes in political economy, geopolitics, political ecology (resource extraction, energy, water, and climate change), social mobilization, state-society relations, and public policy. He has authored dozens of books including Looting Africa: The Economics of Exploitation (2006), Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa (2014), and Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below (2012).

Rose M. Brewer is a sociologist and the Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American & African Studies, and a graduate faculty member in American Studies and Gender Women and Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her books include The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide (2006), Black Radical Theory and Practice: Gender, Race, and Class. (2003), and The United States Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement (2010).

Sahar Francis has been the General Director--since 2006--of Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian NGO providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. An attorney by training, she joined the association in 1998, first as a human rights lawyer, then as head of the Legal Unit. Sahar did her practice on Human Rights in the Society of Saint Yves in Jerusalem. In 1997, she worked at the Badil Refugee Rights Center. She completed her masters in International Studies at Bir Zeit University and her Law degree at Haifa University.

Ana Silvia Monzon is a Sociologist and feminist communicator. She is the Coordinator and Professor of gender and feminism in the FLACSO-Guatemala where she also earned her Ph.D. in social studies. Her doctoral thesis “Women, citizenship, and migration in the context of international migration to the United States” was awarded by the Central America University-UCA and UNDP El Salvador (2010). Currently, she a member of the University Women´s Commission, the Board of the American Sociological Association for Central America, and Delegate to the Board of the Latin American Association of Sociology-ALAS (2013-2015). She is the Co-founder of the broadcast initiatives Voces de Mujeres (1993), Red Mujeres al Aire, Mujeres Abriendo Caminos (Los Angeles, California) and TV program Mujeres Convocando. She is a member of editorial board of the feminist newspaper La Cuerda.

It is often said, in relation to elections taking place in the US, that “The whole world is watching." This is perhaps never more so however than this year, in November 2020. This is the case for many reasons, some more obvious than others, but most attributable to or consequent on the fact that the US is the most powerful imperial power. This time, it’s also a function of having a person as president who has swung the country and its politics to the extreme right and normalized a political culture of deceit, manipulation, and abuse – and which is resonating with similar tendencies that have arisen across the world, and especially in sub-imperial powers, as one outcome among many, of neoliberalism.

But the US today faces challenges both from within and without, most of its own making. The white supremacy that defines the US republic is today being challenged from the streets and in popular culture by African Americans, Latinx, Indigenous, other people of color, together with self-defined white progressives and allies. Although the rebellion today recalls a previous, near-decade-long broad challenge, the civil rights and Black movements beginning in the 1960s, it confronts a very different state, one that is at once enfeebled by decades of neoliberal globalization and empowered by new surveillance and repressive capacities. Nonetheless, the authoritarian populism of its current administration, just as that of its extreme right global counterparts, renders it uninterested in effectively responding to and addressing pandemics, economic dislocations, and climate breakdown. But saying that they are ineffective or incompetent responses should not suggest that they are unimpactful; quite the contrary, the world as a whole is today being pulverized by the US ruling class’s neoliberal and militarist responses to its own inadequacies.

A strategic analysis that centers the building of exchang0es between people’s movements is the core of the Movements of Movements process – of its books, website, and web event series. The Movements of Movements Conversations is therefore now looking to activist thinkers from across the world and their readings of the implications of the US elections, the first on October 16, 2020, before the elections, and the second on November 20, 2020, immediately after the elections. Our objective is to critically discuss the nature and meanings of the US elections this year, and of their implications for the peoples of the US, for the peoples of the world--both colonized and free--and for life on Mother Earth. These combined web dialogues will together chart the Movements of Movements as peoples around the world envision and work towards new realities and liberation.

Our meeting's facilitators are Liz Mestres and Suren Moodliar.