Our mission is to stand up for peace and diplomacy internationally, and for democracy and human rights at home. To these ends, we are dedicated to fostering education on campuses and in communities, encouraging activism, and facilitating networking with organizations working for peace and justice.
The H-PAD Steering Committee has issued the following statement on Bolivia (November 17, 2019):
Historians for Peace and Democracy unequivocally condemns the unconstitutional removal of Bolivian President Evo Morales from office on November 10. The coup has directly empowered the Bolivian right, which has a terrifying record of racism, misogyny, and violence. Unsurprisingly, it has received vocal support from the Trump administration. We recognize that the political situation in Bolivia is very complex and that progressive Bolivians are internally divided, both about the policies of the Morales government and about what should happen next. However, this complexity should not obscure the fact that Morales’s ouster was a coup and that it has greatly strengthened the most reactionary forces in Bolivian society. We condemn the U.S. support for the coup and call upon all parties to work for a peaceful, just, and constitutional resolution to the crisis.
H-PAD Plans for the January 3-6 AHA Convention in New York
At the American Historical Association’s annual meeting, January 3-6 in New York City, H-PAD and the Radical History Review, which is an AHA affiliate organization, have organized a set of eleven sessions stretching from Friday afternoon into Sunday, all in the same room. Click here for a flyer listing the topics and their times, and here for full details on each session with names of the participants.
Two working groups of H-PAD, dealing with Immigration and Palestine respectively, have secured enough signatures to put resolution proposals on the agenda of the AHA Business Meeting, 5:15 – 6:30 Friday, Jan. 4. Click here for the wording of these resolutions.
“Liberating History” video series
H-PAD is very excited to announce a series of short videos, titled Liberating History. New episodes will be posted on this page when they’re ready.
Episode 1: “Trump Administration Policy in the Middle East: A Cruel Continuity.” Watch historian Irene Gendzier explain the historical roots of Trump’s policies toward Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestine, and the rest of the region.
Episode 2: “The Structure of Punishment: Crack and the Rise of Mass Incarceration.” Historian Donna Murch traces the historical origins of the U.S. “war on drugs” and the system of mass incarceration that accompanies it, focusing on the racist and hypocritical policing of Black crack cocaine users.
Second, led by Andor Skotnes and in alliance with Radical History Review, we are organizing a full slate of panels for the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York in January 2020, including:
- Asia Pivots: Past and Present
- The Koch Network & Democracy: Disrupting Today’s Academic Capture
- A Right to Bear Arms? The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment
- 50th Anniversary: Cambodia and the Campuses, Lessons Learned and Unlearned
- Historians and the Current Crisis: Strategy Meeting
- Organizing Students to Vote: History and Best Practices
- Historians Respond to Extreme Right Governments Around the World
- Revolutionary Positions: Global Legacies of Gender and Sexuality in the Cuban Revolution
- Roundtable of /RHR/ Issue Editors on the State of Radical History
Other H-PAD activities
H-PAD is developing a Public History Campaign, finding ways to agitate for peace and justice with useful, accessible, accurate materials. Our Public History campaign has three components:
- Investing in a much larger social media presence, including webinars, videos, and podcasts;
- Producing many more “Broadsides for the Trump Era” and distributing them widely, via web ads;
- Building partnerships with progressive and left organizations and publications to distribute our public, political, and popular history.