Committee on Decolonial Affairs is an organization at Ithaca College dedicated to dismantling the colonial structures that continue to dominate. We aim to engage in academic and social discourse through community events, speaking engagements and demonstrations. Here is the first documentation of our stories, photos, and memories from the Border Encuentro by School of the Americas Watch
A group of seven students have taken what they learned at the School of the Americas Watch in Nogales, Arizona and brought it back to Ithaca College to continue the efforts of the Border Encuentro team.
Committee of Decolonial Affairs (CODA)
"It was my job to tell families their time was up. I heard their stories and shared their tears. I witnessed atrocities that highlighted the unnatural character of their separation. And, contrastingly, I saw examples of people coming together as a community and being driven by hope and determination to change the course of history”Gabriel Fernandes
Standing in the Middle: ‘Hugs Not Walls’ and Mestiza Consciousness
Gabriel Fernandes got to be part of history as it was being written. For four hours on October 26 in El Paso, Texas, the border between the United States and Mexico came under the control of the community as the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) organized its seventh “Hugs Not Walls” event. Gabriel was a volunteer standing halfway across the mostly dry Rio Grande, as more than 250 families separated by U.S. immigration policies came together for a three-minute embrace.