Groundwork Books will be hosting a screening of Precious Knowledge followed by a discussion on the legal and social push back against critical pedagogy and ethnic studies in Arizona. We will consider the links between Arizona's xenophobic public policies and our situation... within the UC system.
Ocupemos el Barrio - Occupy the 'Hood
Junta de Planeo - Planning Meeting
Monday, February 6, 2012 @6PM
Sherman Heights Community Center
2258 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92102-2921
Association of Chicana Activists @ San Diego State University
19th Annual Chicana/Latina High School Conference
"Destroy our dream and we will not let you sleep. No obstacle will interfere with our education."
Saturday, March 24, 2012
East Commons at SDSU
Free Parking and Daycare
Save Ethnic Studies Fundraiser
2:00 p.m. @ Lincoln High School
4777 Imperial Avenue
Suggested donation $10; all donations accepted
As you may know, Arizona has banned the teaching of ethnic studies, specifically targeting Mexican-American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District. Eleven TUSD teachers, administrators and students are suing the state to bring back Ethnic Studies.
To fight blatant discrimination and the spread of this civil/human rights violation to other states, join us for a fundraiser ($10, but hope you can donate more!):
Save Ethnic Studies!
Privilege and the powers granted by privilege are the conflicts of whiteness. Sunday, the 22nd, was another timely event held in conjunction with the month long celebration of Enero Zapatista. The conversation should be a focus of the occupy movement and the dialogues that have opened as a result. Sunday's event was a panel discussion that presented perspectives from womyn of color and a white ally, on whiteness and its oppression on society.
DJ Kuttin Kandi, on social control, "They (white capitalists) divided the people...they accomplished creating a system of racial oppression...this is how whiteness was created...dividing workers into black and white."
Indiana Rogers, on acknowledging whiteness, "[Oppression is] a system of power relations... people of color have continued to be oppressed...in the interest of white supremacy."
Nothing this month could have been more emotionally stirring than the polarizing remembrance of the Al-Awda Rally and Vigil for Gaza, which happened Saturday, January 14. As Palestinian supporters grew in Balboa Park to organize the march and vigil, they were pushed to one side of the fountain to make room, they were told, for the “other” gathering that day. The Palestianian-Israeli apartheid was created in microcosm in just a few hours as Zionist organizers showed up to rally against the Palestinian memorial.
On Thursday, January 26, MAAC Community Charter School hosted a Know Your Rights event as part of Enero Zapatista. Students and families attended the forum that included a screening of the film Ten Rules for Dealing with Police and Ten Rules for Non-Citizens and a panel of three lawyers for a question and answer session. The lawyers were Adriane Bracciale, a criminal defense and civil rights attorney, Jamahl Kersey, an immigration and criminal defense attorney and Sherry Thompson, the deputy district attorney.
The movies dramatized the most effective ways to assert your rights during an encounter with the police or a border patrol agent. The discussion after the film was lively and the lawyers gave good advice on how to stay out of jail and how to document police abuse of power. --Read More--
On Friday January 20 the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) held a film screening of “Independence Cha-Cha, the Story of Patrice Lumumba” at the former Freeskool in East San Diego (renamed City Heights). This event was held in solidarity with the other events scheduled for the month of January to celebrate the uprising of the Zapatista Liberation Army in Chiapas in 1994.
Comrade Irvin introduced the Party for Socialism and Liberation and why we decided to participate in the Enero Zapatista celebration and why we chose this film. “The PSL stands for the liberation of all people, socialist or not who are fighting for liberation and freedom from dominance and control under U.S. imperialism” (Irvin). We also recognized the rich history of solidarity between the Black and Chicano community as evidenced in the struggle to name Third College at UCSD after Patrice Lumumba and Emiliano Zapata in 1969. Ironically Lumumba was assassinated in January 16, 1961 by Afrikans who had personal profit on their agenda with the support of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. However, we believe his spirit of liberation for Afrikan people lives on and we remembered him that night with the film and discussion that followed. --Read More--
The Association of Chicana Activists at San Diego State University held a film screening and panel discussion at Centro Aztlan Marco Anguiano (moved from Chicano Park because of rain) in Barrio Logan on Saturday, January 21 as part of Enero Zapatista. The film, Corridos sin Rostro (1995), tells the story of the 1994 uprising of the Zapatistas through popular ballads and interviews with members of the EZLN, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, and indigenous residents whose traditional ways and subsistence have been disrupted by colonization, government-corporate policies and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Four members of recent delegations from San Diego to Zapatista autonomous communities, David, Fernanda, Jose and Enrique, provided a description of their experiences and recent developments in the communities.
The Association of Chicana Activists is a student association founded in 1991 to empower women from the Chicana community in higher education through working both on campus and in the communities. A.Ch.A. at SDSU holds an annual conference for high school students with free workshops and inspirational speakers to "form solidarity among Chicanas, to provide support in their college entrance experience and to provide networking and leadership skills for attendees."
Excepts from Video of the Panel:
"They started singing Himno Zapatista. And at that moment it really got to me how all the children youngest to oldest stood up and they all started singing. Everyone knew the words and you could tell they knew it and they believed in it, they believed in what they were singing. Me being there and sitting within and next to them, next to the students. I remember turning to one of them and seeing their expression how much they believed in what they were singing. It just give me so much hope and I was able to realize it is possible, that another world is possible, like the Zapatistas say."
"This compa showed us a drawing of a monster. And it is very hard to describe without a drawing of it. For me it was very hard to understand the [capitalist] system and how it works. I didn't go to school to learn about any of this, and a lot of times it was very hard for me to understand and to be able to articulate. So when this compa drew it out in this monster figure and broke it down into pieces, it was like, 'Wow, i understand it. '"
"Olmeca would always tell us 'you are going to liberated land.' To us, it was just like 'yeah yeah yeah yeah.' First they didn't let us go in, because they have to do a check for our safety and for their safety. The atmosphere, the space that was created, the energy that's coming from all over, from the buildings and the murals and the words, from the children and everybody there, you could see that it was a different environment, a different space. You felt that freedom on that liberated land. That's when it hit me what he was talking about. No one can claim it. It's free. To nurture everyone who works on it, who lives on it… Once we were cleared, it was an amazing feeling, everyone just came and welcomed us with open arms. They are one of the humblest people you could ever meet, and it was just an amazing feeling."
"I heard about the Zapatistas and i was like 'Ok, I'll check them out.' This one compa, Alex, he lent me a VHS of the Zapatista film, and I was like oh damn, and from there I started learning. I always tried to tie the Zapatistas and how it relates to home. That has always been important to me. I also had the honor to go on the delegation in 05 and 06. And that was a good experience, because it made me connect clearly how down there they are trying to create something different and we are able to exchange information about our struggles."