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Queer Migration PoliticsActivist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities$
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Karma R. Chávez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038105

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038105.001.0001

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Coalitional Politics on the US-Mexico Border

Coalitional Politics on the US-Mexico Border

(p.113) Chapter 4 Coalitional Politics on the US-Mexico Border
Queer Migration Politics

Karma R. Chávez

University of Illinois Press

This chapter offers an extended look at two Tucson-based organizations, Wingspan and Coalición de Derechos Humanos (CDH), both of which have an avowed coalition to jointly fight oppression. The groups have constructed a coalition that refuses the master's tool of divide and conquer by actively taking up the many forms of difference in the service of coalition. Sometimes venturing into both normative and utopian realms with their tactical strategies, the activism of Wingspan and CDH starkly reveals the fraught nature of coalition. This coalition provides insight into the specific kind of strategies that local groups can utilize to foster unlikely political coalitions and educate communities in order to shift local, state, and national ways of thinking, even as these strategies are imperfect and sometimes fail.

Keywords:   coalitional politics, Wingspan, Coalición de Derechos Humanos, CDH, coalition, US–Mexico border, political coalitions

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