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Eric Quezada. Presente.

Eric Quezada. Presente.

Beloved Mission Activist dies at 45

Wednesday August 31, 2011

In the lingo of the Latino and Latin American musical and political movements that informed Eric's thought and action and his life in La Mision, "El Compañero Eric Quezada murio conspirando," Comrade Eric Quezada died conspiring.

While in English the word "conspire" means to "make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act," in political Spanish the word has an almost opposite meaning. Conspirar is closer to the Latin roots that combine con, meaning "together," and spirare, the word for "breathing" and the origin of the word, "spirit."

In this way, Eric conspired for a better world. 

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Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama's Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama's Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

Pulitzer Center-supported article written for Colorlines Magazine

Thursday March 31, 2011

It all feels intensely familiar, like the days of open conflict between El Salvador’s people and its government. Angry students marching, covering their coffee-colored faces with bandanas or masks as they file through the streets. Giant effigies of U.S. presidents and Uncle Sam next to huge, colorful banners demanding “Alto al Militarismo!” Nervous “security” demanding to know, “What press do you work for?” before forcing me to pull out my credentials.

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Juan Crow in Georgia

Juan Crow in Georgia

The Nation Magazine

Thursday May 08, 2008

One of the most popular things I've written, this article, which has been translated into several languages, has helped bring the term "Juan Crow" into popular usage (see here and here). The term can be found on placards in protests, in videos, in articles, in dictionaries in textbooks and in many other places. It's about how Latinos' subordinate status in Georgia and in the Deep South bears more than a passing resemblance to that of African-Americans who were living under Jim Crow. Call it Juan Crow: the matrix of laws, social customs, economic institutions and symbolic systems enabling the physical and psychic isolation needed to control and exploit undocumented immigrants.

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Voices of a New Movimiento (cover story)

Voices of a New Movimiento (cover story)

The Nation Magazine

Thursday June 01, 2006

Contrary to popular lore surrounding political movements,  there is no Martin Luther King or César Chávez centering and centralizing the immigrant rights movement. Instead, grassroots leaders like Leticia Zavala mix, scratch and dub different media (think Facebook and text messaging, radio and TV, butcher paper and bullhorns) while navigating the cultural, political and historical currents that yoke and inspire the diverse elements making up this young, decentralized, digital-age movimiento.

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Envisioning Another World: Integración Desde Abajo.

Envisioning Another World: Integración Desde Abajo.

The Nation Magazine (Cover Story)

Monday March 06, 2006

Immigrant advocates attending the World Social Forum in Caracas spent a considerable amount of time analyzing the myopia, limits and dangers of US immigration policy. But the bulk of their time at the Foro was reserved for a more transcendental matter: how to globalize the debate around and practice of immigration policy.I mmigrant leaders descended on the Foro with a mission to link their US struggle to a resurgent, insurgent Latin American left that is electing presidents (think of the recent inauguration of indigenous leader Evo Morales in Bolivia and the election of Chile's first socialist woman President, Michelle Bachelet), defeating US-sponsored free-trade agreements and calling for integración desde abajo (integration from below) as the way to solve immigration and other issues in the hemisphere.

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Gulf Coast Slaves

Gulf Coast Slaves

Salon.com (feature story, investigative journalism)

Tuesday November 15, 2005
This investigative piece, which appeared in Salon, Germany's Der Spiegel and in other publications uncovers how Halliburton and its subcontractors hired hundreds of undocumented Latino workers to clean up after Katrina -- only to mistreat them and throw them out without pay. the story contributed, along with other stories, to an eventual Congressional investigation.

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