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Thursday, February 28, 2013

NEWS: Immigration, Climate Change, and the Arizonification of the United States


Immigration, Climate Change, and the Arizonification of the United States
Award-winning journalist Jeff Biggers will discuss his recent book at The City Library

February 25, 2013—Salt Lake City—When Arizona passed SB1070 in 2010, it brought national attention to immigrant rights, and made political activity in the state the focus of activists, politicians, and journalists. Award-winning journalist Jeff Biggers’ coverage of the immigration movement before and following SB 1070 set the stage for his fascinating new book State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown over the American Dream. Biggers will discuss his new book, and vitally important information regarding immigrant rights and climate justice at The City Library on March 6 at 7pm in the Main Library Auditorium.

Biggers’ most recent work has focused on a new, though seemingly unlikely collaboration between immigrant rights and climate justice activists, quoting Freedom University students in a recent Huffington Post article, “Climate and immigrant justice are inextricably tied as long as our oil-addicted economy is built on the backs of immigrants.” Biggers is a noted advocate in both circles due to his in-depth and thought-provoking work on the issues.

Jeff Biggers is the author of State Out of the Union, Reckoning at Eagle Creek, The United States of Applachia, and In the Sierra Madre. His award-winning stories have appeared on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.

On Monday, March 4, in conjunction with Biggers’ lecture and signing, The City Library will screen Precious Knowledge, a documentary film focusing on one of the final years of the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School. The film begins at 7pm in the Main Library Auditorium. For more information, visit www.slcpl.org.

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