Documentary: Harvest of Empire

Harvest of Empire
Sunday, April 29 between 2 and 5 p.m.
Morrell Room of Curtis Memorial Library
The documentary shows the role that U.S. economic and military interests play in causing the waves of migration.

The wall that President Trump wants to build at the Mexican border will only add to the wall of ignorance between us and our Latin American neighbors. We have a chance to learn about the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. On Sunday, April 29 between 2 and 5 p.m. in the Morrell Room of Curtis Memorial Library, Harvest of Empire will be shown. The documentary shows the role that U.S. economic and military interests play in causing the waves of migration.

From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.

Juan Gonzalez, who wrote the book on which the film is based, notes that “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north.”

The showing of the film is co-sponsored by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, PeaceWorks, Sanctuary Brunswick, Veterans for Peace, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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