One rare bit of good news coming out of the election is that Arizona the infamous sheriff Joe Arpaio, who gained national fame in recent years as a kind of mini-Trump, by demonizing and abusing Latino immigrants across Maricopa County, was finally defeated. The victory for the local community was the result of a tough grassroots opposition campaign led by a coalition of labor and community groups. Immigrant rights activist and AFL-CIO organizer Neidi Dominguez, and AFGE organizer Joe Diggs, discuss the Bazta Arpaio! campaign’s strategy to oust Arpaio, and what it can teach us in an age of Trump.
Decolonization Day: Fighting Columbus and Gentrification through Art
On what would ordinarily be called Columbus Day, a collective of renegade artists and activists known as Decolonize This Place celebrated Indigenous People’s Day at the American Museum of Natural History with an alternative tour of the time-honored science exhibits. The subversive tour guides gave alternative perspectives on the exoticized displays. They showed the Hall of Asian Mammal for show animals that had been “Shot down, stuffed and hauled to the museum for display,” in a violent process that was enabled through the circuits of empire.” As the group gazed upon the blatantly Orientalist displays of the Hall of Islam, they asked questions like “where is the Hall of Christendom?”
The action was part of a broader effort to Decolonize communities around the world, fighting gentrification, labor exploitation, the violation of indigenous rights, and the occupation of Palestine. I talked to organizer Amin Husain about what it means to decolonize a city like NYC.
Amin Husain is an artist, activist and member of Decolonize This Place