Tracing the paths of figures like Black American artist Elizabeth Catlett, Indian anti-colonial activist M.N. Roy, Mexican revolutionary leader Ricardo Flores Magón, Okinawan migrant organizer Paul Shinsei Kōchi, and Soviet feminist Alexandra Kollontai, Arise! reveals how activists around the world found inspiration and solidarity in revolutionary Mexico. From art collectives and farm worker strikes to prison “universities,” Arise! reconstructs how this era’s radical organizers found new ways to fight global capitalism. Drawing on prison records, surveillance data, memoirs, oral histories, visual art, and a rich trove of untapped sources, Christina Heatherton considers how disparate revolutionary traditions merged in unanticipated alliances. From her unique vantage point, she charts the remarkable impact of the Mexican Revolution as radicals in this critical era forged an anti-racist internationalism from below.

Christina Heatherton is Elting Associate Professor of American Studies and Human Rights at Trinity College, Connecticut. She is coeditor of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.

Upcoming events include:

February 14: UCLA, Los Angeles at 10am PT
“How to Make Revolution” in conversation with Maga Miranda

February 16: USC, Los Angeles at 2pm PT
“Interpreting the Conjuncture” in conversation with Jordan T. Camp and Neetu Khanna

February 17: Village Well Books, Culver City at 6pm PT

February 21: UC Santa Cruz at 2pm PT

February 22: Medicine for Nightmares, San Francisco at 6:30pm PT
in conversation with Jason Ferreira

February 23: Howard Zinn Bookfair at Mission College, Santa Clara at 7pm PT
in conversation with Jonathan Gomez and Michael Shulze-Oechtering Castañeda

February 24: UC Davis at 11am PT

February 28: UC Santa Barbara at 4pm PT
in conversation with Viviana Valle Gomez