Join authors Isabel Martinez and Bianca Balridge, guided by Dr. Michelle Knight-Manuel, as they discuss race, immigration and youth.
The featured books are Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work by Bianca Balridge and Becoming Transnational Youth Workers: Independent Mexican Teenage Migrants and Pathways of Survival and Social Mobility by Isabel Martinez.
At a political moment in which Black and Latinx youth are being demonized and subject to racist language characterizing them as threats to be "controlled" and "contained" under the mantle of white supremacy, these two books, considered side by side, reflect the effects of neoliberal impacts on two seemingly disparate youth groups in shifting metropolitan areas: Black youths in after-school programs and out-of-school, recently arrived Mexican immigrant teenagers.
This conversation will illuminate the ways in which advocates, educators, youth workers and scholars can disrupt forms of oppression faced by Black and Latinx youth, and reclaim community spaces and other spaces of refuge against the onslaught of violence these communities experience. It will also highlight the dedication of organizers and youth advocates, working alongside and behalf Black and Latinx youths for survival, freedom and justice.
Isabel Martinez is an Associate Professor in Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College. She is the founding director of the Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP), a research and service project that provides academic, social and legal support to recently arrived immigrant minors in removal proceedings. She is a proud resident of Washington Heights.
Bianca J. Baldridge is a life-long youth worker and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies with affiliations in Afro-American Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bianca’s experiences as a community-based youth worker in domestic and international contexts continues to inform her research and youth advocacy in profound ways.