Imperialism & the Environment in Central America

Episode 5

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This episode features Sussan García, the founder of The CentAm (Central American) Collective, an educational digital space for Central Americans in diaspora in the Global North. Sussan is a recent Arab Crossroads Studies graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi. She was born to two young Guatemalan immigrants and raised in occupied Canarsee land (Queens, NYC). In the episode, Sussan shares with us parts of her radicalization journey and how this led to the creation of the CentAm Collective. We also discussed how climate disasters disproportionately affect Central America and the communities protecting natural resources in CentAm. Lastly, Sussan walked us through the recent social media organizing campaign that CentAm Collective has been part of to bring historical context to the term “banana republic” and its ties to Chiquita banana company.

You can find the resources discussed in this episode using the links below and to stay updated with The CentAm Collective’s work:

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Episode 5