The October issue of EuropeNow has arrived with a special feature: Networks of Solidarity in Times of Crises. The essays in this feature offer different expressions of solidarity from the past and present that prompt us to consider the political and interpersonal valences of such commitments. They follow groups of people confronting a wide range of challenges, from trauma to fascism, and the struggle to find dignified and fairly compensated employment as migrant workers. The essays also implicitly challenge the often dehistoricizing framing of a “crisis” by exploring the historical factors that set the stage for the present moment, such as systemic racism, gender-based violence, exploitation of workers, and more.
Matthew Brill-Carlat is the Coordinator of Research and Pedagogy with the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education, based at Vassar College. His research has also appeared recently in the Michigan Journal of History.
Ava McElhone Yates is a senior history major at Vassar College. From Easthampton, MA, she serves as a co-coordinator for the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education.
Maria Höhn is Professor of History on the Marion Musser Lloyd ‘32 Chair, Vassar College, and Director and PI of the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education.