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Announcement :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
"21 Myths About Immigration" with Aviva Chomsky
21 Sep 2007
Historian, professor and activist Aviva Chomsky discusses current immigration policy and her new book "They Take Our Jobs: And 20 Other Myths About Immigration" by Beacon Press. Please come and share stories of how recent immigration policy has impacted the Jamaica Plain community.
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Immigration raids such as we saw this summer in New Bedford, and heated federal debate on a reformed Immigration Bill have left many people searching for ways to keep their families together and safe.

Salem State professor, activist and historian Aviva Chomsky argues that many opinions about immigration are based on a distorted and sanitized version of American history that is reinforced by textbooks, politicians and the media—and rarely questioned. While most Americans believe the country was founded on the principles of equal rights and a generous immigration policy, Chomsky illustrates how a legacy of racial and ethnic discrimination has long-fueled social, economic and legal inequality in the United States.

This legacy of discrimination and the role of the U.S. in a system of global inequality, she argues, are the true undercurrents of today's immigration debate. Chomsky argues that the historical structures that privileged white people in the U.S. continue to shape social realities and immigration policy today.

In addition to race, Chomsky asserts that today, immigration is structured by a complex global web that depends upon an economic system privileging few at the expense of many. As long as resources as unequally distributed in the world, she notes, people will look to escape regions deliberately kept poor and violent and seek freedom where the world's wealth has been concentrated.

Please join the Jamaica Plain Forum in welcoming Aviva Chomsky. We will learn about Chomsky’s new book “They Take Our Jobs: And 20 Other Myths About Immigration” and share stories of how current immigration policy has impacted the Jamaica Plain community.

Thursday, October 4th at 7:00pm
First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
6 Eliot St, JP (across from the Monument).
Chomsky’s books will be available for purchase.
The event is FREE.
See also:
http://www.jamaicaplainforum.org
http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=1855

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