Red Samaniego

Red Samaniego is a reader, writer, and founder of the sexual-justice collective As We Are. Their current projects include practicing accountability outside the justice system and thinking about strategies for resistance to forced migration. They are based in Mexico City.

Solidarity Amidst Disaster

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government’s response to the storm casts a revealing light on the humanitarian crisis taking place on the United States’s southern border. Conditions that arose quite dramatically in New Orleans in 2005 – criminalization and militarization of the population, structural apathy toward heightened rates of gender-based violence, and the increased privatization of public institutions – are now prevalent in the border region as well. This article compares these conditions and suggests the possibility of a broader solidarity between disparate populations fighting against marginalization by the neoliberal state.