On Monday, December 14, CASI organized “Anti-Imperialism, Policing and Decolonization After the Trump Presidency,” an online event that explored multiple key sites of confrontation today, including the U.S.-China relationship, the Bolivarian process in Venezuela, U.S. attacks on Iran, the Bolivian victory over the coup, and Indigenous movements confronting colonialism, capitalism and imperialism.

Speakers at the event included Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Toussaint Losier, Zhun Xu, Navid Farnia and Nick Estes (full bios below) and the event was moderated by Suzanne Adely, longtime organizer, Arab American activist and President-Elect of the National Lawyers Guild. The event was also streamed live on the CASI Facebook page.

The event audio was also featured on The East Is a Podcast.

Watch the full video below:


Speaker bios:

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian and longtime activist in anti-imperialist, anti-colonial movements, and author of fifteen books including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. She will be speaking on U.S. continental imperialism and the fiscal-military state.

Toussaint Losier is a scholar and organizer, currently teaching at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A co-founder and former Vice Chairman of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, he is a member of the Black Alliance for Peace, a coalition of individuals and organizations that seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace position of the radical black movement.

Zhun Xu is associate professor of economics at John Jay College, CUNY and Howard University. His recent book is From Commune to Capitalism: How China’s Peasants Lost Collective Farming and Gained Urban Poverty.

Navid Farnia is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Wake Forest University. His research examines the relationship between racial oppression and U.S. imperialism. His book manuscript is entitled National Liberation in an Imperialist World: Race and the Modern U.S. National Security State.

Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. In 2014, he co-founded The Red Nation, an Indigenous resistance organization. Estes is the author of the book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019), which places into historical context the Indigenous-led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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