Citation

Another Vietnam: Labor, Latina/os, and Central America Solidarity in New England in the 1980s

Abstract | Word Stems | Keywords | Association | Citation | Similar Titles



Abstract:

As historian Hector Perla has recently argued, scholarship about Central America solidarity in the 1980s only sometimes recognizes the crucial contributions of Latina/os, and especially exiles and refugees from political repression in places like Chile, Argentina, and Central America itself. In this paper I will examine the relationships between labor union and Latina/o activists as they worked to build grassroots, working-class international solidarity in the 1980s. The paper will focus on Boston, the center of the New England activity. Boston, in the aftermath of the Boston bussing riots, featured a fragmented Left that, in some ways, united around Central America solidarity. The groups involved included South and Central American exiles, the Central American Refugee Center, Quakers, white New Left veterans in the Massachusetts Labor Solidarity Committee, feminist organizations born in the 1970s, the City of Cambridge Human Rights Commission, and a nascent liberal left tied to the Democratic Party. At a time when the labor officialdom supported Reagan administration interventions in Central America, union activists in Boston joined with unionists across the country to demand change in the AFL-CIO. Because of racism and urban segregation, the increasing economic desperation of the Reagan era, and the changing U.S. and Central American political terrains of the late 1980s and early 1990s, solidarity relationships between labor, Latin Americans, and Latina/os in New England never fully developed. However, the strategies and discourses that these different Central America solidarity activists developed in the 1980s became, I show, some of the foundations of the 1990s-era anti-globalization movement.
Convention
Submission, Review, and Scheduling! All Academic Convention can help with all of your abstract management needs and many more. Contact us today for a quote!
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

Association:
Name: American Studies Association Annual Meeting
URL:
http://www.theasa.net


Citation:
URL: http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p509418_index.html
Direct Link:
HTML Code:

MLA Citation:

Larson, Eric. "Another Vietnam: Labor, Latina/os, and Central America Solidarity in New England in the 1980s" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p509418_index.html>

APA Citation:

Larson, E. "Another Vietnam: Labor, Latina/os, and Central America Solidarity in New England in the 1980s" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p509418_index.html

Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: As historian Hector Perla has recently argued, scholarship about Central America solidarity in the 1980s only sometimes recognizes the crucial contributions of Latina/os, and especially exiles and refugees from political repression in places like Chile, Argentina, and Central America itself. In this paper I will examine the relationships between labor union and Latina/o activists as they worked to build grassroots, working-class international solidarity in the 1980s. The paper will focus on Boston, the center of the New England activity. Boston, in the aftermath of the Boston bussing riots, featured a fragmented Left that, in some ways, united around Central America solidarity. The groups involved included South and Central American exiles, the Central American Refugee Center, Quakers, white New Left veterans in the Massachusetts Labor Solidarity Committee, feminist organizations born in the 1970s, the City of Cambridge Human Rights Commission, and a nascent liberal left tied to the Democratic Party. At a time when the labor officialdom supported Reagan administration interventions in Central America, union activists in Boston joined with unionists across the country to demand change in the AFL-CIO. Because of racism and urban segregation, the increasing economic desperation of the Reagan era, and the changing U.S. and Central American political terrains of the late 1980s and early 1990s, solidarity relationships between labor, Latin Americans, and Latina/os in New England never fully developed. However, the strategies and discourses that these different Central America solidarity activists developed in the 1980s became, I show, some of the foundations of the 1990s-era anti-globalization movement.


Similar Titles:
Between Solidarity and Fragmentation: Labor Responses to Economic Globalization in the Americas

She Called Every Woman Ma Something: The Reparative Politics of Central America Solidarity Literature

Politicizing the Symbolic Capital of Christianity: Progressive Religion in the U.S.-Central America solidarity Movement.


 
All Academic, Inc. is your premier source for research and conference management. Visit our website, www.allacademic.com, to see how we can help you today.