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The Next 20 Years: Building Toward a Demilitarized and Decolonized Future

The Immigrant Defense Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Haymarket Books are proud to present “The Next 20 Years: Building towards a demilitarized and decolonized future of safety for all”, the final event of a 4-part series marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The event commemorating International Human Rights Day brings together organizers and advocates who are building towards a world we have not yet seen, and helping to pave our collective path forward. From the abolition of borders, to the complete defunding of the military industrial complex within a future of economic, racial, gender and climate justice, we will discuss both the necessity of imagination, as well as the strategies, tactics and principles we need to win the world we deserve.

To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Haymarket Books and our partners are pleased to present a 4-part series, "Just Resistance: 20 years of global struggle against the post-9/11 human rights crisis." The series is an opportunity to bring together our colleagues and comrades from impacted communities across the world, to center stories of survival, and to contextualize the last two decades of U.S. policy within a history of imperialism, domination and impunity. Over the course of the series, we will also invite audiences to imagine the next twenty years of demilitarization and decolonization.



Mizue Aizeki is the Deputy Director of the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP). Mizue’s work focuses on ending the injustices—including criminalization, imprisonment, and exile—at the intersections of the criminal and immigration systems. Mizue guides IDP’s local and state policy work, including the ICE Out of Courts Campaign and IDP’s campaigns to end the growing entanglement between local law enforcement and ICE. Mizue also leads IDP’s project on Surveillance, Technology, and Immigration Policing, which includes building community and legal defenses against ICE raids and the growing homeland security apparatus. Mizue has organized around racial justice, workers’ rights, and the policing and deportation of immigrants in the interior and at the U.S.-Mexico border for over twenty years. Mizue is also a photographer whose work has appeared in Dying to Live, A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid (City Lights Books, 2008) and Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016).


Lara Kiswani is the executive director of the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), and a faculty member in the College of Ethnic Studies at SF State University. Lara has been active in movements against racism and war, for Palestinian self-determination, and international solidarity for the last 20 years.

Arun Kundnani is the author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic War on Terror (Verso, 2014) and The End of Tolerance: racism in 21st century Britain (Pluto, 2007). He has previously been an editor of the journal Race & Class and a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.

Timmy Châu (he/him) is a Viet organizer, lawyer, and facilitator based in Zhigaagoong, also known as Chicago. He started organizing with an effort called We Charge Genocide doing cop-watch and know-your-rights trainings across the City. He is the Managing Director at the Prison + Neighborhood Arts / Education Project (PNAP) where he works on building inside/outside networks of mutual support and advocacy between incarcerated and freeworld activists, scholars, thinkers, and artists. He’s also a co-starter of Dissenters, a new youth-led anti-war organization, where he currently sits on the Advisory Committee.

Fernando Martí is a poet, printmaker, community architect, and housing activist. His work reflects his formal training in urbanism, his roots in rural Ecuador, and his current residence in the heart of Empire in an age of climate catastrophe. His poetry, prints, altar ofrendas and utopian constructions inhabit the space between ancestral traditions of place and a futurist imagination rooted in Latinx culture. For over a decade, Fernando co-directed the Council of Community Housing Organizations, a coalition of community- and faith-based affordable housing developers and housing justice advocates working for permanently affordable housing under community control. He was 2021 Joseph Esherick visiting architectural professor at UC Berkeley. He has taught housing design studios at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco, was a founding member of the San Francisco Community Land Trust, and currently serves on the board of environmental justice organization PODER and the San Francisco Public Bank working group. His artwork can be found regularly on His writing has appeared in publications as varied as El TecoloteStreet Sheet, Geez magazine, Left Turn and Shelterforce. He shares his art and writing in a zine called Amor y Lucha.


This event is sponsored by the Immigrant Defense Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Haymarket Books.