FOR THE LATINX RESEARCH CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
The 3rd issue of Revista N’oj focuses on the conditions of the prison industrial complex (PIC) in the U.S. during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. All submissions are first-hand perspectives from those personally affected by the PIC: both previously and currently. Critical Resistance defines the PIC as “a term we use to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems.” Each contributor shares their personal experience through different mediums and names some of the systemic forces that make up the PIC. Some of the examples brought up by the contributors were the school to prison pipeline, hotspot policing, the militarization of police, and the mass incarceration of Black, Brown, and Indigenous persons.
Revista N’oj’s Issue #2 brings together articles, think pieces, research and poetry exploring the ways in which art can offer visions and proposals for working toward a world without racism, patriarchy, classism, etc. This issue was inspired by the long summer of 2020; a summer that was not only jolted by the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic but also roused by the community’s response to the murder of George Floyd. In response to the news of mass mobilization, Oakland businesses boarded up and reinforced windows and doors, turning the whole downtown into an empty labyrinth of wooden walls and hidden shops. In response, artist from throughout the Bay Area organized and assembled beautiful, creative, and inspiring murals turning Oakland’s downtown into a stimulating and picturesque open air museum. Issue #2 proposes to answer the question: How can art help us decolonize? In what ways can art help us analyze the present moment and how can it facilitate a decolonial future?
This inaugural edition of Revista No’j is dedicated to paying homage to the radical traditions that have long served as beacons for our ethical, intellectual, social and political activism. The decolonial legacies gifted to us by our ancestors are always present in our efforts to create, imagine, and build an anti-capitalist, anti-racist, and inclusive future. The inaugural edition includes creative works on the legacy of social movements and radical thought in the Americas, along with essays on the political importance of the twLF and the persistent struggles against white supremacy at the intellectual (university) and political (the police, ICE, Border Patrol, etc.) levels.
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