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AN IMMIGRANT GENERATION'S FIGHT FOR THEIR AMERICAN DREAM
Written by EILEEN TRUAX

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/10/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-03033-2

Of the approximately twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as many as two million came as children. They grow up here, going to elementary, middle, and high school, and then the country they call home won’t—in most states—offer financial aid for college and they’re unable to be legally employed. In 2001, US senator Dick Durbin introduced the DREAM Act to Congress, an initiative that would allow these young people to become legal residents if they met certain...

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ZAPATISTA WOMEN'S STORIES
Written by HILARY KLEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 02/24/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80587-6

Compañeras is the untold story of women's involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a...

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IMMIGRATION AND MURDER IN AN ALL-AMERICAN TOWN
Written by MIRTA OJITO

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06122-0

In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out “hunting for beaners.” Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless “beaners”–their slur for Latinos–was part of their weekly entertainment, some of the teenagers later confessed. Latinos–primarily men and not all of them...

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Written by DAISY HERNANDEZ

Format: Hardcover, 200 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-01448-6

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. These lessons—rooted in women’s experiences of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home.

In one story, Daisy sets out to defy the dictates of race and class that preoccupy her mother and tías, but dating women and transmen, and coming to identify as bisexual, leads her to...

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HOW US POLICY DRIVES MEXICAN MIGRATION
Written by DAVID BACON

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06121-3

People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation.
 
In The Right to Stay Home, journalist...

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RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
Written by OSCAR MARTINEZ
Introduction by FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
Translator DANIELA MARIA UGAZ, JOHN WASHINGTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68297-5

One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many with broken ankles and other marks of abuse, but the rest vanished. Óscar Martínez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar soon after the abduction, and his account of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he garnered from two years spent traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America...

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HOW IMMIGRATION BECAME ILLEGAL
Written by AVIVA CHOMSKY

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00167-7

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. She also unmasks how undocumented people live—how they work, what...

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MEMOIRS OF A REVOLUTIONARY DAUGHTER
Written by CARMEN AGUIRRE

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage Canada

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-81382-4

The winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada.      

Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister went with them, quickly assuming double lives of their own. At 18, Carmen became a militant herself, plunging further into a world of...

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THE SOUL OF INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN LIFE

Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68313-2

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday...

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Written by SONIA SOTOMAYOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80483-9

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she...

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IMMIGRATION AND MURDER IN AN ALL-AMERICAN TOWN
Written by MIRTA OJITO

Format: Hardcover, 264 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/15/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00181-3

In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out “hunting for beaners.” Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless “beaners”–their slur for Latinos–was part of their weekly entertainment, some of the teenagers later confessed. Latinos–primarily men and not all of them...

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RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
Written by OSCAR MARTINEZ
Introduction by FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
Translator DANIELA MARIA UGAZ, JOHN WASHINGTON

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68132-9

One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many with broken ankles and other marks of abuse, but the rest vanished. Óscar Martínez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar soon after the abduction, and his account of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he garnered from two years spent traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America...

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