What Binds, What Makes, What Breaks: Thoughts on Borders, Belonging, Identity, Place, Decolonization, Community, Accountability, Dignity, and Resistance
by Claire Urb
Claire's zine is a look at the reality of Mexican life and the struggle for autonomy from capitalism and corruption. She visits a wide range of communities and has them share their stories, although she's met with an understandable level of hostility. What place is it of hers, an American who can freely cross the border to even be there? Claire writes about CNUC, the National Urban and Rural Council and their fight for access to land, water, and healthcare. She visits the Collectivo de Trabajadoras Sexuales, a sex worker collective. She sheds light on the fate of Los Braceros, the Mexican workforce created after World War II to provide cheap labor in US border towns. Oaxacan Resistance is explored, particularly the surge in activity in 2006. From here, Claire directly addresses decolonization, where privilege originates, how it's perpetuated, and ways to stem the tide of cultural appropriation.
She ends her zine with a comprehensive list of suggestions for providing basic survivor support, and perpetrator and collective accountability based on her own experience as well as groups like Philly Stands Up, Philly's Pissed, CARA, and INCITE!
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