Solidarity: The Concept in Practice
This audio is from a recent panel discussion about the practice of solidarity during the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference held at UMass, Amherst on February 19, 2011. The panelists were Sujani Reddy of Amherst College; Agustin Lao-Montes of UMass Amherst; Jennifer Guglielmo and Elizabeth Armstrong of Smith College; and Kara Lynch and Chris Tinson of Hampshire College and TRGGR Radio. Panel Description: This panel picks up on a central facet of the Third World student strikes that led to the formation of Asian/Pacific/American Studies within the U.S. academy: the practice of “solidarity,” and specifically anti-colonial, international solidarity among student leaders. Participants will extend the discussion on solidarity as a political practice that continues to animate movements for social justice. We will speak to what solidarity has meant or might mean in the context of the movement against apartheid in South Africa, the International Solidarity Movement for justice in Palestine, prison abolition, hip-hop, Afro-Latin@ movements in a North/South framework, movements for Puerto Rican decolonial-liberation, the Zapatistas, movements against corporate-led globalization, campus based movements for workers rights, and immigrant rights in the U.S. Through we will focus on the particular forms that solidarity has taken on college and university campuses. The audio begins just as Prof. Lao-Montes began his presentation. Enjoy.
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