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Standing Up to Armed Militias in the Borderlands: Author Patrick Strickland on Arivaca and Community Resistance

The author on his new book "The Marauders," the rise of far-right extremism in Europe and the American borderlands and what communities can learn from Arivaca, Arizona

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The Border Chronicle is excited to debut its new sonic ID today in our interview with journalist Patrick Strickland. A big abrazo to our audio editor Lilly Clark for creating this for us. Let us know what you think!

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Standing Up to Armed Militias in the Borderlands: Author Patrick Strickland on Arivaca and Community Resistance

The author on his new book “The Marauders,” the rise of far-right extremism in Europe and the American borderlands and what communities can learn from Arivaca, Arizona

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Today I’m talking with journalist Patrick Strickland about his new book The Marauders: Standing up to Vigilantes in the American Borderlands which will be released in February through Penguin Random House. Patrick’s new book delves into the history of armed far-right militias in the small town of Arivaca on the Arizona-Mexico border. Arivaca’s history includes a tragic murder in 2009 committed by militia members against two of the town’s residents—one of them a 9-year-old girl.

A decade later, when armed militia men return in the Trump-era, the community of Arivaca forms a resistance campaign to push the militia out. And the story of how Arivaca comes together and forms this resistance is what makes The Marauders, I think, a particularly important book for border communities.

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Currently the news editor at the Dallas Observer, Strickland for many years reported in the Middle East and Europe for Al Jazeera and other news outlets where he documented the rise of far-right extremist groups and anti-fascist movements. His work overseas led to his first book Alerta Alerta: Snapshots of Europe’s Anti-Fascist Struggle. His experience chronicling far-right movements in Europe, gives Strickland a uniquely global perspective when writing about the armed militias here at home, which are just one facet of a growing, global trend that threatens democracy everywhere.

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