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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.123

Emerging solidarities in a Pennsylvania (USA) City


  • Dr. Sharryn KASMIR

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Reading, Pennsylvania was one of the wealthiest cities in the US in the 1920s, but is now one of the poorest. It is a deindustrialize city in the US rustbelt, where an organized, industrial working class has declined since the 1970s, while new immigrant workers have repopulated the city. Reading now has a majority (approximately 80%) Latinx population. This paper looks at organizing, identity-making and alliances in this local context, and in the national context of the Trump presidency. The paper is based on ethnographic fieldwork with two organizations, a Latinx immigrant rights group and and a suburban activist group, who work together on local, state and national campaigns.