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Militarization of the Borderland (a WIRN webinar)
Mon May 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Monday May 2nd @ 8:00pm Eastern
The military-industrial complex promotes and profits from the creation of militarized borders all over the world. The same corporations, investors, and public agencies that fuel the war industry also create and maintain walls, surveillance technologies, weapons, police training, and prison facilities that divide peoples and destroy natural environments in the supposedly non-war zones of national borders.
This webinar will focus on the US-Mexico borderland in Arizona where the US war industry is highly visible and very actively engaged in the business of white supremacy. Presenters will share their first-hand experiences and research into the nature of this profiteering beast and its ongoing predations.
Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years, the last eight as an independent journalist and writer. He resides in Tucson, Arizona, but also has spent many years living and working in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is the author of four books and writes a weekly post for The Border Chronicles, an online newsletter that publishes original, on-the-ground reporting, analysis, and commentary.
Nellie Jo David works to strengthen indigenous rights and autonomy on the imposed U.S./Mexico borderlands intersecting the Tohono O’odham Nation. Nellie is co-founder of the O’odham Anti Border Collective, a grassroots group dedicated to maintaining connections despite colonial barriers. She is from Ajo, Arizona, traditionally Hia-Ced O’odham territory, just west of the Tohono O’odham reservation, North of Mexico. Nellie was inspired to raise awareness on border issues upon witnessing the increased militarization of her community. She obtained her Juris Doctorate with a certificate in indigenous law and policy from Michigan State University in 2014.
Joanne Coutts is an independent cartographer, writer and activist whose work focuses on the Sonoran Desert. She is a committed volunteer with Ajo Samaritans and many other humanitarian aid and search and rescue/recovery groups working in the borderlands. Her humanitarian aid practice has led her towards learning to honor and center O’odham language and ways of navigating and traveling in the desert. Joanne has created many maps of the Sonoran Desert: Joannecouttsmaps.com