Presente! Latin@ Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice / Voces de Inmigrantes Latin@s en la Lucha por la Justicia Racial
Mainstream media in the US tend to frame Latin@ immigrants in two ways. Right-wing pundits demonize them as a threat to national security, raising the specter of a deliberate "browning of America." More well-meaning commentators generally foreground themes of victimization that strip immigrants of their agency. Neither is accurate, and both fail to see immigrants as active participants in their own struggle for racial and economic justice.
Presente! offers a perspective on the immigrant-rights movement that is written by immigrant workers themselves. These are the first-person tales of grassroots organizations across the country that are resisting state repression, cultivating solidarity, and building alternative models for progressive social change. In essays that explore the intersection of race, class, and immigration in the United States, this anthology challenges its readers to move beyond a "legalization-only" framework to embrace a broader vision for social-justice organizing. Offered in a dual-language edition, with a foreword by Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzáles.