Since Trump took office, the U.S. government has been scaling up its racist attacks on immigrant communities, bringing long-standing policies of militarization, detention, and deportation to new extremes. In this dangerous and deadly context, why host a film screening about social movements in Guatemala?
As activists in the Latin American solidarity movement, we know that this current crisis has deep historical roots in colonialism and U.S. intervention, and we’re called into bold action in this moment–both to support and defend immigrants fighting for dignity and respect within the borders of the U.S., and in continued solidarity with anti-imperialist struggles in the Global South. By hosting a screening and discussion of 500 Years, you have an opportunity to educate yourself and your community about the historical role of the U.S. in creating the conditions that drive migration from Guatemala to the U.S., as well as the Guatemalan social movements that are working to transform those conditions and fight for the right to stay. This is a powerful contribution to make toward building a mass movement for migrant justice in the U.S.!