Aviva Chomsky speaks about Colombian Labor, Mining, Solidarity

Aviva Chomsky speaks about Colombian labor, mining, solidarity SEPT 19

Aviva Chomsky is a historian and activist. She is the author of A History of the Cuban Revolution (2010); Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (2008); The People Behind Colombian Coal: Mining, Multinationals and Human Rights (2007, with Steve Striffler and Garry Leech); and numerous other books and articles. Since 2002 she is professor of History and coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at the Salem State University. She is also a member of the North Shore Colombia Solidarity Committee.

In 1976-77, Aviva Chomsky worked for the United Farm Workers union, which sparked her interest in the Spanish language, in migrant workers and immigration, in labor history, in social movements and labor organizing, in multinationals and their workers, in how global economic forces affect individuals, and how people collectively organize for social change. In the book Linked Labor Histories, she looks at globalization as a long historical process with labor history at its center. It examines how employers have used regional inequalities to gain access to cheaper workers through immigration, plant relocation, and by using the threat of these two tactics to discipline their workers. She focuses on several interrelated case studies in New England and Colombia, including the textile industry, the banana industry, and the coal industry, to argue that local labor histories are bestunderstood in a global context.

Cornell University Event: SEPTEMBER 19th 12:15-1:30pm “Labor, Environment, and Human Rights in Colombia: The Complexities of Solidarity” Uris Hall 153; 12:15pm

Ithaca College Event: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th 2pm “Labor and Economic Development: Historical Perspectives from New England to Colombia” –Klingenstein Lounge (Campus Center, IC); 2:00-3:00 pm

Evening Community Event: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th; 7:30pm "Labor and Community Solidarity in the Colombian Coal Mines" Unitarian Church of Ithaca --306 N. Aurora St. (corner of Aurora St. and Buffalo St.)-parlor room; 7:30-9pm

Chomsky’s talk will be followed by short discussion of recent confrontations in Cauca region of Colombia and impact on communities – by Patricia Rodriguez, member of Colombia Support Network- Central New York.

The talks are free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by: Ithaca College History and Politics

Departments and Latin American Studies minor; Cornell

University Latin American Studies Program and History

Department; Social Justice Council of the Ithaca Unitarian

Church; and Colombia Support Network-Central New York Chapter.