On November 16th, the migrant caravan, comprised of thousands of asylum seekers, arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, along the United States-Mexico border, seeking refuge from the dire conditions in Central America; the result of decades of US intervention. On November 25th, these courageous souls were met by US troops as well as Customs and Border Patrol, who attacked asylum seekers, including children, with tear gas launched from the US side of the border.
These actions are not surprising given the colonial history of the United States empire. The US has interfered in democratic elections, overthrown democratically elected leaders, installed puppet dictators, created client states for the purpose of limitless exploitation of labor and resources, and has brutally suppressed anti-colonial and socially progressive movements in Latin America, the Caribbean, and around the world. The victims of US crimes are then threatened with brutality and violence as they seek refuge from the conditions that US capitalism and imperialism created. We stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees! Join us as we discuss the current state of the migrant caravan, the solidarity work being done on the ground, and a historical primer on US imperialism in Latin America and the Caribbean.