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Making Sense of the War in Ukraine

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“Making Sense of the War in Ukraine” ties together critical pieces of background on the current crisis and raises questions that call for our immediate attention. Guests Alex Gendler, Ramon Mejía, and Jerry Harris touch on the pattern of post-Soviet Russian imperialism; the real strength of the far right in Ukraine and Russia; the links between militarism and the fossil-fuel economy, and how we can build solidarity without militarism. Internationalism needs to be built on ongoing relationships with people around the world impacted by militarism, they suggested, and can be tied to the global fight against authoritarianism. Tobita Chow, director of Justice is Global and member of the Convergence editorial board member, moderated.  


Guests

Alex Gendler

Alex Gendler is a Soviet Ukrainian-born, Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor specializing in political theory, history, and internet culture - subjects he’s also talked about as a guest on podcasts like Parallax ViewsZero Squared, and The Antifada. He has written features for American AffairsNO Recess! magazine, and The Record.

Jerry Harris

Jerry Harris is National Secretary of the Global Studies Association of North America, and a member of the international executive board of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism. He contributes frequently to Race & Class (London), Science & Society (New York), and International Critical Thought (Bejing). For 15 years, he did labor organizing at oil refineries (Long Beach), a tobacco factory (Louisville), and US Steel (Chicago) before teaching at DeVry University and heading the faculty association.

Ramon Mejía

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Mejía joined the US Marine Corps after high school in order to provide for his family. In 2003, he participated in the invasion of Iraq, and as a result, has committed himself to critically struggling against US militarism in its various forms. He has been involved in anti-war work since 2012, joining About Face: Veterans Against the War, an organization that he still belongs to, and then the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. GGJ hopes to contribute an analysis of the relationship between militarism and the extractive economy and identify opportunities to consolidate our membership to build a stronger movement against militarism and towards transformative justice.


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Global militarism
International Solidarity

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Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

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