American Studies ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-15-2020


This thesis project interrogates possible sites of alignment and solidarity building between the migrant justice movement, Black liberation and Indigenous decolonization. By first looking at the use of tear gas in Ferguson, Standing Rock and at the U.S.-Mexico border, I argue that a solidarity between Black, Indigenous and migrant communities rooted in an anti-capitalist and anti-colonial desire is absolutely necessary. Moreover, by focusing primarily on the migrant justice movement, I argue that the current iterations centered on inclusion and recognition reinforce the State’s dominion over bodies of color and exacerbate Black death and Indigenous genocide. As such, this thesis proposes the use of the hashtag #AbolishICE as a useful point of departure that can bring Black liberation, Indigenous decolonization and migrant justice into conversation with one another.




black feminism, indigenous decolonization, migrant justice, abolition, solidarity, anticapitalism

Document Type


Degree Name

American Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

American Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Antonio Tiongson

Second Committee Member

Jennifer Denetdale

Third Committee Member

Alyosha Goldstein