Amrah Salomón J. is an Assistant Professor of English at University of California Santa Barbara specializing on transnational Indigenous Studies, Borders, and Latinx/Latin American Studies. She is a writer and activist of Mexican, Native American (Akimel O’odham and Tohono O’odham descendant, not enrolled), and European ancestry. Amrah is a co-founder of Rez Beats Indigenous open mic, a member of the O’odham Anti Border Collective, and a member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Justice (http://www.the-ciej.org). She is a 2020 UC Presidents Postdoc in English at University of California Riverside, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and a Davis-Putter Fellow. She earned a PhD in Ethnic Studies from University of California San Diego and is working on a poetry MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
The current conjuncture of crises – climate change, pandemics, the rise of fascism and state violence, the backlash of white supremacy and heteropatriarchy against anti-racism, feminism, and queer/trans liberation, the deepening extractivism of capitalism, the further dispossession and disposability of mass incarceration and deportation, etc. – can be dismantled, swiftly, like a flood, a hurricane, a wildfire – if we can organize ourselves.