A Heartbreaking Loss
It is with deep sorrow that I write to inform SANA members of the passing of Professor Leith Mullings. Leith made her transition on December 13th after a brief illness. Many will speak and write of Leith’s considerable accomplishments and groundbreaking work in the days and weeks ahead. We will all find ways to honor her. Here, I just want to speak personally about her generosity and compassion from which I and so many others benefitted. Once she committed to a person or a cause, she never wavered in her support. Leith introduced me to anthropology in North America and the deep richness of experience that working at home can bring. She was not only a great theoretical mind on intersecting forms of stratification and the centrality of race in the United States of America, but also a committed activist working for transformative social change. I know many of you will feel as I do that SANA would not be SANA without her contributions to our field and our homeland. The Board is developing ways to honor Leith and all ideas are welcome. We will keep everyone posted as plans for wider memorials are formed.
President of SANA
See below for two call for papers – one from JANA & the other from SANA AnthroNews
JANA Call for Papers & Launch of the Website Home/Field
SANA AnthroNews Call for Papers
The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) invites submissions for our section column in Anthropology News, the magazine of the American Anthropological Association.
We seek short (1400 words) essays discussing North American-focused ethnographic research in vivid, sensory, accessible prose that will be appealing to both academic and non-academic readers. All topics are welcome, especially those engaging with social inequality and struggle, and that attend to current disciplinary conversations on “unsettling” Anthropology.
A Statement from SANA
We at SANA condemn the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others by racist police or their deputies. BLACK LIVES MATTER, and we find inspiration in the collective outrage against these incidents and in public protests for justice. As anthropologists working in North America, many of us have documented the systematic ways in which policing has been used to deliberately harm and oppress Black and other communities of color.
We further condemn in the strongest possible terms the structural racism that has contributed to the devaluation of Black, Latinx, and Native American lives in North America, resulting in their disproportionate mortality from diseases including COVID-19.
We join our fellow anthropological sections, as well as our community leaders, in challenging the foundational anti-Black nature of police agencies. We demand the dissolution of ICE and other institutions that perpetuate racist laws and practices. We support the efforts of organizations such as the Movement for Black Lives, Campaign Zero and Color of Change and others to end police brutality and empower communities to take control of their own safety and well-being. We further demand that governments at every level invest sustained effort and resources to redress 500 years of subjugation of Black, Latinx, and Native people across the North American continent.
We unequivocally support the efforts of community organizers as they mobilize to effect social change. We further pledge to put our research, resources, and scholarship in service to community-led movements for racial justice.
SANA Statement on U.S. Immigration Practices
The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) condemns in the strongest possible terms recent actions taken against migrants by the current administration. In particular, we call for a permanent moratorium on the practice of separating children from parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, and we demand that children and their families be reunited and released from U.S. detention facilities into the U.S. interior. We further demand that the administration end criminalization of migrants, recognize asylum claims based on threats of gender-based and organized violence, and, in general, treat asylum seekers and all migrants with dignity, care, and respect. Moreover, we call on the administration to acknowledge and address long-standing U.S. policies that have contributed to the erosion of safety and stability in migrants’ home societies across Latin America and the world. As a society with members who have expertise on human mobility across the North American continent, as well as on state-sponsored violence against migrants and others who are socially and legally devalued, we emphatically reject the racist, xenophobic, and patriarchal ideologies and policies advanced by this administration and others before it.