Books for changing the world

June 24, 2024 at 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Haymarket House and Online

Resisting Borders and Technologies of Violence

Please join co-editor Mizue Aizeki and contributor Jacinta Gonzalez in conversation with A. Naomi Paik as they discuss the new Haymarket book: Resisting Borders and Technologies of Violence

Haymarket House and Online

800 W Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


The border regimes of imperialist states have brutally oppressed migrants throughout the world. To enforce their borders, these states have constructed a new digital fortress with far-reaching and ever-evolving n

ew technologies. This pathbreaking volume exposes these insidious means of surveillance, control, and violence.In the name of “smart” borders, the U.S. and Europe have turned to private companies to develop a neocolonial laboratory now deployed against the Global South, borderlands, and routes of migration. They have established immigrant databases, digital IDs, electronic tracking systems, facial recognition software, data fusion centers, and more, all to more “efficiently” categorize and control human beings and their movement.

These technologies rarely capture widespread public attention or outrage, but they are quietly remaking our world, scaling up colonial efforts of times past to divide desirables from undesirables, rich from poor, expat from migrant, and citizen from undocumented. The essays and case studies in Resisting Borders and Technologies of Violence shed light on this threat, offering analyses of how the high-tech system of borders developed and inspiring stories of resistance to it.

The organizers, journalists, and scholars in these pages are charting a new path forward, employing creative tools to subvert the status quo, organize globally against high-tech border imperialism, and help us imagine a world without borders.

***This in person event will be live-streamed through Haymarket Books. Register through Ticket Tailor to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event. We ask that all in-person attendees wear masks in the event space during the program for the health and well-being of the speaker and other guests. We will have a reception afterwards with light refreshments and books available for purchase.***


Mizue Aizeki is Executive Director and founder of the Surveillance Resistance Lab. Aizeki’s photographic work appears in Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid and Policing the Planet.

A. Naomi Paik is the author of Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century (UC Press, 2020) and Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (UNC Press, 2016), as well as articles in a range of academic and public-facing venues. She has co-edited four special issues of the Radical History Review—“Militarism and Capitalism (Winter 2019), “Radical Histories of Sanctuary” (Fall 2019), “Policing, Justice, and the Radical Imagination” (Spring 2020), and “Alternatives to the Anthropocene” (Winter 2023). With Cat Ramirez, she coedits the “Borderlands” section of Public Books, and with Sam Vong, she coedits “The Politics of Sanctuary” blog of the Smithsonian Institution. She is an associate professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice and Global Asian Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Jacinta Gonzalez is Mijente's Policy Director and leads the #NoTechforICE campaign. Previously, she worked at PODER in México, organizing the Río Sonora River Basin committees against water contamination by the mining industry. Jacinta was the lead organizer for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Congress of Day Laborers (2007-2014). In Louisiana Gonzalez helped establish a base of day laborers and undocumented families dedicated to building worker power, advancing racial justice, and organizing against deportations in post-Katrina New Orleans.