NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has opened up the Mexican economy to even greater penetration by U.S. multinational corporations and agribusiness, driving millions from their hometowns to seek work in the cities and the United States. U.S.-backed governments and counter-revolutionaries in Central America have violently attacked popular movements and governments, leaving economic devastation in their wake, driving hundreds of thousands more to the United States.

Once here in the United States, immigrants from Mexico and Central America face intense national oppression, rooted in the U.S. conquest and seizure of Northern Mexico. Mexicans in this territory, which today make up the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, were dispossessed of their lands, their language suppressed in schools, their culture denigrated, and they were forced to work in the mines, fields, and homes of the capitalists.

This series pays tribute to the popular movements throughout the United States, Aztlán, and Mexico who are organizing and fighting back against the economic domination and systematic repression that the United States has used against Mexican@s and Chican@s.

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