Dana Frank & John Lindsay-Poland
Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
discussing their new books
The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup
By Dana Frank (Haymarket Books)
Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism
by John Lindsay-Poland (Duke University Press)
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This event is co-presented by the School of Americas Watch East Bay, Global Exchange, and the American Friends Service Committee
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about The Long Honduran Night:
Dana Frank's The Long Honduran Night shatters the lies and provides much-need context to Trump's shameless fear-mongering about the "caravans" moving towards the Southern US border. Few books are more urgent and timely than this one.
In this powerful narrative, Dana Frank recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya. The story is told, in part, through first-person experiences, layered into deeper political analysis. It weaves together two broad pictures; first, the repressive regime that was launched with the coup, and the ways in which U.S. policy has continued to support that regime; and second, the brave and evolving Honduran resistance movement, with aid from a new solidarity movement in the United States.
"Dana Frank has written a searing portrait of a nation in crisis, a book that is startling, enraging, and humane all at once. Her most important accomplishment is never losing sight of the hardships and treachery that ordinary Hondurans have had to endure these last several years, nor the dignity with which they have survived it all."—Daniel Alarcon, Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, author of At Night We Walk in Circles
Dana Frank is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America (2005; repr. Haymarket 2016) among other titles. Since the 2009 military coup her articles about human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras have appeared in The Nation, New York Times, Politico Magazine, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The Baffler, and many other publications, and she has testified before both the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
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about Plan Colombia:
For more than fifty years, the United States supported the Colombian military in a war that cost over 200,000 lives. During a single period of heightened U.S. assistance known as Plan Colombia, the Colombian military killed more than 5,000 civilians. In Plan Colombia John Lindsay-Poland narrates a 2005 massacre in the San José de Apartadó Peace Community and the subsequent investigation, official cover-up, and response from the international community. He examines how the multibillion-dollar U.S. military aid and official indifference contributed to the Colombian military's atrocities. Drawing on his human rights activism and interviews with military officers, community members, and human rights defenders, Lindsay-Poland describes grassroots initiatives in Colombia and the United States that resisted militarized policy and created alternatives to war.
"Readers will be outraged and inspired in equal parts by John Lindsay-Poland's excellent Plan Colombia. Poland's book is an indispensable guide to Washington's indefensible policies in Colombia, as well as an empathetic survey of courageous grassroots activism."—Greg Grandin, author of The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
John Lindsay-Poland is Healing Justice Associate at the American Friends Service Committee and author of Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama and Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism, both published by Duke University Press. He lives in Oakland, CA.