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BURN crosses the New World Border with Jose Palafox

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Tonight on BURN, I have a discussion with Jose Palafox. Jose is a long time punk rocker, political dissident and theorist, film maker and down motherfukker. This is form his bio on www.eviltwinbooking.org, a booking agency for radical speaker, performers and film makers ran by long time friends Scott Beiben and Liz Cole. José Palafox has long been involved with immigrant and border rights. As a musician and activist, Palafox has been part of the punk-hardcore underground scene since the early 1990’s (bands include Struggle, Swing Kids, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto, and Baader Brains). His PhD work was in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation, “Challenging Fronteras: The Historical Origins and Transformations of U.S.-Mexico Border Social Movements in Arizona and California,” examines the historical origins, the development, and transformations of cross-border rights activists and organizations. Palafox has taught courses on the U.S.-Mexico border, Latino/a Immigration in the capitalist World-System, Paradigms in Chicano/a Studies, Racial Inequality in America, and Comparative Social Movements at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford University, Mills College, and at the University of San Francisco. He was born in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico and raised in San Diego, CA. He is associate producer of the critically acclaimed documentary “New World Border” (2001, 28 min). He has published extensively on the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border (e.g., Social Justice, Z Magazine, Covert Action Quarterly, ColorLines Magazine, Maximum RocknRoll) and other publications. He was recently an active collective member of AK Press, an anarchist publisher and distributor in Oakland, CA.

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