To Sin Against Hope
Life and Politics on the Borderland
By Alfredo Gutierrez
(Verso, Hardcover, 9781844679928, 250pp.)
Publication Date: March 2013
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His family experiences inspired Gutierrez to pursue the life of a Chicano activist. Kicked out of Arizona State University after leading a takeover of the president's office, he later became the majority leader of the Arizona State Senate. Later still, he was a successful political consultant. He remains an activist, and in this engrossing memoir and essay, he dissects the racism that has deformed a century of border policy--leading to a record number of deportations during the Obama presidency--and he analyzes the timidity of today's immigrant advocacy organizations. "To Sin Against Hope" brings to light the problems that have prevented the US from honoring the contributions and aspirations of its immigrants. It is a call to remember history and act for the future.