Chicana and Chicano Studies
Calendar of Action and Culture
Spring 2018

Documentary Guerrero: Feb 14, 2018

In the state of Guerrero, México, activists Coni, Juan and Mario rebel against impunity,
regardless of the sacrifices and risks - even mortal - that their struggles involve. 

Screening of the documentary with the presence of the director
Ludovic Bonleux 

Film in Spanish with English subtitles 

Wednesday February 14
12:45 – 3:00 pm 

San Diego City College 
Room MS 462 

1046 16thth St
San Diego, CA 92101

Open to the public 



Marichuy in the Tijuana-San Diego Border: Feb 17, 2018

Transborder Voices With Marichuy and the
Mexican Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIG)

Saturday, February 17, 10 am- 2 pm

San Diego Side: Friendship Park
Tijuana Side: Playas de Tijuana

Info and directions to Frienship Park:

Friends of the Friendship Park website
Friendship park @ Facebook:

More info about this event:

The Indigenous Governing Council and Its Spokesperson Marichuy will be at the Tijuana / San Diego Border.

 María de Jesús Patricio Martinez, known as “Marichuy”, the spokesperson of Mexico’s Indigenous Governing Council and the first Indigenous woman, aspiring candidate for the 2018 Presidential Elections will be present at the US/Mexico Border. 

The Indigenous Governing Council has been traveling all over Mexico - through various Indigenous communities, cities, valleys and remote areas - to introduce another way of doing politics. They have been calling for visibility of the “Pueblos” or of all Indigenous communities to have a voice and a national platform to demand that the Mexican government and International community hear the voices of all those that have been resisting and to call on those communities being visited to organize themselves. 

We call on everyone to stand in solidarity on this day of action by supporting the last stop of the Indigenous Governing Council caravan at the Tijuana/San Diego border. 

Join us to hear the voices on both sides of the border… those of migrant mothers, students, Indigenous Peoples and all marginalized communities rising up against all borders through 
this binational political, cultural exchange. 

Let’s march together toward the beach at Border Field/Friendship Park at 8:30am on February 17, 2018. 

Program starts from 10:00-2:00pm 
Speakers/local representatives of diverse struggles 
Indigenous Governing Council delegates 
Cultural music, spoken word, poetry 
Words from Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez “Marichuy” 
You are also welcome to participate on the Playas de Tijuana side @10am 

Join us in your cities: live-streaming on FB @ Apoyo al CIG Norte del Muro 

Bring your “Papalote” kites, an important symbol to be used for the event. We strongly advise for all those thinking to come that might have pending issues with their immigration status, warrants, probation or parole, to please not come or put yourself at risk. There are many ways you can support and get involved in the struggle, please email 

For Justice, Dignity, and Autonomy!!!!

Additonal info:

Marichuy – Video (English) by AJ+, Oct 2017
Meet Marichuy: the first indigenous woman to run for president in Mexico. AJ+

Marichuy – Video compile by Roberto Corona and the San Diego network in support of this campaign, Nov 2017.
This video with English subtitles compile Marichuy´s campaign, especially in Zapatista territory. Zapatistas USA

Marichuy -The Many Ways Mexico Is Trying to Stop an Indigenous Woman Candidate for President by Tamara Pearson, Truthout, Feb 2018.
Mexico's first Indigenous female presidential hopeful might not even get her campaign off the ground, thanks to outright discrimination and a host of arduous requirements that stop ordinary people from participating in politics.
The campaign of Maria de Jesús Patricio Martinez (also known as Marichuy) so far has just 14 percent of the signatures necessary to register her as a candidate for July's general election. Truthout

Gustavo Esteva. Marichuy: Balance de una campaña: Llegó la hora, La Jornada, 18 Febrero, 2018
El increíble recorrido que ha realizado la vocera del Concejo Indígena de Gobierno, un recorrido sin precedente por el número y calidad de los encuentros y por realizarse en muchos casos en comunidades que nadie había visitado jamás para un diálogo político, ha sido lo opuesto al acarreo homogéneo de las campañas en curso. En cada lugar ha sido diferente. No hay discursos acartonados, ni de quienes van ni de quienes reciben. No hay patrones de asistencia o de comportamiento. No hay normas. Pero sí hay algunas constantes. Resaltan dos en particular. La Jornada

Marichuy Campaign- Nov 18, 2017

San Diego Rapid Response Network: Nov 18, 2017

San Diego Rapid Response Network 

A regional system to respond to reports of immigration raids/arrests, abuses and family separations. 


Attend a training!! 

See below

The San Diego Rapid Response Network is a broad coalition of immigrant rights, faith, labor, education and service organizations as well as non-traditional organizations, attorneys, leaders and allies throughout the region that have joined forces to develop and operate a regional system that will respond to reports of immigration raids/arrests, abuses and family separations.

Please consider attending one of the workshops announced by the Network coordinator Katia Ortiz below. You will be trained and, after that, you would be able to volunteering some time supporting the network. It does not matter if you just have a couple of hours per week; they are useful. The network works around an app created by a group of Bay Area DACA students that is very flexible. It allows you to volunteer in the times and days you decide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The system is already operating in at least 20 cities around the country. You could check the San Diego Rapid Response Network Facebook here.
Good evening,

This is Katia Ortiz with San Diego Organizing Project and the with Rapid Response Network.

I want to personally thank you for your interest in helping our communities. I also wanted to personally invite you to our trainings.

The San Diego Rapid Response Network is a broad coalition of organizations as well as non-traditional organizations that have joined forces to develop and operate a regional system that will respond to reports of immigration raids/arrests, abuses and family separations.

We will have a couple of 2 hour trainings coming up and I would to see you again!
These trainings will teach about Know Your Rights and how you can be a part of Rapid Response.

I am really excited to work with you. So, I really hope to see you there.

Know Your Rights and Rapid Response Trainings: 

• November 18th from 9am-11am at the Employment Right Center
4265 Fairmount Avenue #250, San Diego, CA 92105

• November 20th from 9am-11am at Saint Jude Shrine of the West
3785 Boston Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113

• November 20th from 6pm-8pm at Jewish Family Services
8788 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA92123

Please let me know If any of these dates works best for you. I am very excited to lauch this to all our of comminiites and to be able to work together.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to email me,

Marichuy, la voz de los pueblos originarios de México: Nov 15, 2017

Marichuy, la voz de los pueblos originarios de México 

Presentation by Rosa Barajas, co-coordinator of the Caravana contra la Represion en Mexico and author of Marichuy, la voz de los pueblos originarios de México

Nov 15, 6 pm
Nov 16, 12:45 pm

San Diego City College
Room MS 462

Por primera vez en la historia de México una mujer indígena busca participar en las elecciones del 2018 para la presidencia de la república. Por elección de una asamblea de pueblos originarios congregados en el Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI), María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (Marichuy), nahua del sur de Jalisco, fue nombrada vocera del Concejo Indígena de Gobierno (CIG) para participar en los comicios como candidata independiente. Su participación en el proceso rompe con la posición anti-electoral que desde sus inicios el CNI mantuvo, mostrando la falta de confianza hacia la política mexicana. Miembros del congreso indígena denuncian lo que llaman una guerra de exterminio hacia sus comunidades a favor de megaproyectos y en nombre del progreso. Ven su participación en el proceso electoral como una vía de denuncia y organización para detener esa guerra. 

Presentation by Rosa Barajas, co-coordinator of the Caravana contra la Represion en Mexico and author of Marichuy, la voz de los pueblos originarios de México

Latin American Folk Music- Nov 15, 2017

Dia de AMuertos at City-- Nov 2 2017

Procesión de Muertos— Nov 2, 2017

Annual Muertos Candlelight Procession
Remembering your departed loved ones as
we march in their memory

Nov 2, 2017
Procession from Centro Cultural de la Raza to City College, Sherman Heights Community Center and Chicano Park

4 pm—altars, Mexica dancers and more at the
Sherman Heights Community Center
2258 Island Avenue
San Diego, California

Procession leaving from Balboa Park will pass at
City College around 5:30 pm (Park Blvd and B Street)

Transportation in buses from Chicano Park to
Sherman Heights Community Center at 9:30 pm

Mariachi music, empanadas, and more

More info:

"Where the Guns Go"-- Oct 31, 2017

"Where the Guns Go" 
Screening and presentation by the co-director 
John Lindsay-Poland 

Tuesday October 31, 12:45-2.10 pm 
Room MS 462 
San Diego City College 

In 2017, after a decade of the U.S.-supported drug war, Mexico is experiencing more killings than ever – most of them committed with guns coming from the United States, legally or illegally. What can be done to stop the bloodshed with U.S.-sourced weaponry? Where the Guns Go: US Policy and Human Rights in Mexico brings together testimonies of human rights activists, journalists, and Mexicans directly affected by the violence in a 26-minute film. Co-director John Lindsay-Poland coordinates research and advocacy to end the iron river of U.S. weapons that deepen the violence and destruction of families in Mexico. 

Speaker of Cheran, Mexico in San Diego, Oct 19, 2017

Cheran, Michoacan An experience on autonomy
in a Purepecha community on Michoacan, Mexico 
A dialogue with Samuel Ramos, member of the
Political Committee of Cheran

To learn more about Samuel Ramos and Cheran: 

Cheran: Battling Mexico's illegal logging trade. Al Jazeera Video Residents in the Mexican town of Cheran have taken up arms against illegal loggers. They say the authorities are corrupt and have done nothing to stop loggers stripping the local pine forest of trees. The economy of Cheran, a town of 17,000 people, relies on this forest. Al Jazeera's Adam Raney reports from Cheran

Entrevista (en español) en TV Rompevientos con Samuel Ramos de Cheran- Rompevientos TV Programa especial del noticiero Perspectivas. Ernesto Ledesma entrevista en el estudio de Rompeviento a David Romero, comunero y abogado de Cherán, y Samuel Ramos, comunero y miembro de la Comisión Política de Cherán, pueblo purépecha del estado de Michoacán, que protagoniza una lucha emblemática por la defensa de sus recursos naturales, en contra de talamontes coludidos con el crimen organizado. Cheran en Rompevientos

National Coming Out Day- Oct 11, 2017

7th Annual HUBU Conference!- Oct 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
MS 140

The conference theme is P.U.S.H. Perseverance, Unity, Scholarship, Hope. The Annual HUBU Conference was designed to help African American and Latino male students succeed by informing, motivating, and preparing them for success both academically and personally. The HUBU conference aims to motivate and inspire students through workshops that address real life issues.

** This event is designed specifically to discuss/address topics relating to men of color. Please share this great opportunity for community dialogue and empowerment with your students.

Film Dolores Huerta: Oct 1 to 12, 2017

Hillcrest Cinema
Oct 1 to12
Four shows from noon to 10 pm

3965 5th Avenue
(Near University Avenue)
San Diego, CA, 92103

More info and tickets:
Landmark Theatres

Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in the fight for racial, class and gender equality in American history. She was an equal partner co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, but her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own fiery dedication and relentless work ethic were constantly under attack. False accusations from foes and friends alike, of child neglect and immoral behavior from a woman who married three times and raised 11 children, pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Still, she remains as steadfast in her fight as ever at the age of 87. Director Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice and sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history. Winner of Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis Film Festivals.

DACA and Immigrant Support- Sep 2017


1. Free Consultation at City College

Receive a FREE Confidential Consultation from a Trusted, Qualified Immigration Attorney!
Immigration Attorneys will offer free assessments for different forms of immigration relief, including: VAWA, UVisa, DACA, citizenship, and more.
San Diego City College, MS-140
1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92101
Light refreshments will be provided.
Availability will be limited for those without an appointment and will be served through a first come, first serve basis from 2 - 4:30pm.
For more information and to make your appointment, call:
619.363.3423 or email

2. Workshops to Help DACA Recipients

 SDOP and Catholic charities are organizing two workshops to help DACA recipients on Thursday, Sept 14, 6 PM and Saturday, Sept 16, 10-2 pm.
The first (Thursday) workshop will train volunteers to assess DACA holders and see if they are eligible for renewal. At the second (Saturday) workshop, volunteers will help DACA recipients with assessments and renewals.
Both workshops will be held at St. Jude's in Mountain View (3785 Boston Ave).
Contact is Isabella Furth at

  3. Get a zero-percent for Deferred Action

Ready to Apply for DACA but do not have $495?
Get a zero-percent for Deferred Action

Electricidad- Chicano Greek Dramma by Luis Alfaro- Sep 29 to Oct 8, 2017



Fridays, September 29 and October 6, 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, September 30 and October 7, 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, October 1 and October 8, 2:00 p.m.

Ticket $10

City College Black Box Theatre
It is located on the northwest side of the AH Building (AH 320)
Near the intersections of C and 15th Streets, directly east of the Saville Theatre

SAN DIEGO—September 14, 2017 — Beginning September 29, the San Diego City College Dramatic Arts Program will present six productions of the Luis Alfaro drama Electricidad. Playing in the college Black Box Theatre, tickets are available for Fridays and Saturdays, September 29, 30, October 6, and 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays, October 1 and 8 at 2:00 p.m. 

Directed by Drama Professor and Co-Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Dr. Katie Rodda, Electricidad is a radical, contemporary retelling of the Electra myth. Alfaro has set his play in East Los Angeles following the brutal murder of “el Rey del Barrio,” Agamemnón. His oldest daughter, Electricidad, mourns his death, keeps vigil over his dead body, and plots revenge on the one responsible for her father’s death: her own mother Clemencia. Her solemn promise: “I will free you, Papa, from your death. I don’t know how yet, but I will do it.”

Invoking cholo culture and voiced in a combination of English and Spanish, Electricidad is an unforgettable story of loyalty, passion, and familia. Rodda shared, “Greek mythology has always been an interest of mine, and I think what Alfaro has done with the play is brilliant.” 

Rodda said she came across this play about eight years ago and it stayed with her all these years. While searching for a play to open the 2017-2018 season that would be “accessible to our Latina/o students and honored their culture”, Rodda envisioned Electricidad on the Black Box stage. With the cast all bilingual English/Spanish, Rodda said, “The students have embraced this gritty, dark material with passion, dedication, and a bit of humor.”

The student cast includes Roxanna Camargo (La Carmen), Roberto Castillo, Jr. (Nino), Estefania de la Torre (La Cuca), Lizette Hernandez (Electricidad), Ana Karen Ibarra (Abuela), Martha Lopez (Ifigenia), Natalia Maggio (Clemencia), Omar Ramos (Orestes), and Stephane Robles (La Connie). Supporting the cast is Assistant Director Jessica Bravo and Stage Manager Andrew Pacheco; with Scenic, Costume, and Sound Design by City College Professors Duane Gardella, Elisa Benzoni, and Robert Kostlan. Lighting Design is by Robert Norberg.

Electricidad was originally produced at Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona in association with the National New Play Network, and the assistance of the Fund for New American Plays, a project of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The project includes support from Countywide Home Loans, Inc., the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Laura Pels Foundation in cooperation with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Advisory: Electricidad contains adult language, violence, and mature themes. It is recommended for audiences over the age of 14.

Ayotzina VIVE: Three years of resistance and repression in Mexico- Sept 26, 2017

Ayotzinapa VIVE
Sep 26, 2017

Tres años de represión y resistencia en México
Three years of resistance and repression in Mexico

Tres acciones en San Diego el 26 de Septiembre
Three events in San Diego on Sept 26

Protest Mexican Consulate 6:30-8:00 am
1549 India St, San Diego, CA 92101 

Forum “Ayotzinapa VIVE”
San Diego City College, 12:45-2:30 pm, Room MS 462
1046 16th Street San Diego, CA 92101 

Chicano Park 6:00 pm 
Logan Ave and Cesar Chavez Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92113 


Acerca de Ayotzinapa Background

- El 26 de septiembre del 2014 sacudió a todo México la noticia de la desaparición forzada de 43 estudiantes y el asesinato de tres jóvenes más de la escuela normal rural Raúl Isidro Burgos en Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Desde el principio y con la participación de investigadores independientes se ha comprobado que en este acto de represión vil participaron agentes de la policía de los tres niveles, así como personal del ejército mexicano. De hecho, se ha encontrado evidencia de que teléfonos celulares de algunos de los estudiantes desaparecidos fueron usados meses después desde las instalaciones del ejército. La posición del estado ha sido obstaculizar las líneas de investigación, portarse reacios a seguir las recomendaciones del grupo de expertos de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos, e insistir en su “verdad histórica” de que los estudiantes fueron quemados en un basurero por una banda criminal. A tres años de la masacre, acompáñanos este 26 de septiembre a que desde San Diego mandemos un mensaje de solidaridad a los padres y madres de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos que siguen exigiendo al estado Verdad y Justicia, porque #VivosSeLosLlevaronVivosLosQueremos.

English- On September 26, 2014, the news of the forced disappearance of 43 students and the murder of three more youths of the normal rural school Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, shook all Mexico. From the outset and with the participation of independent investigators, it has been verified that in this act of vicious repression participated police agents of city, state and national level, as well as personnel of the Mexican Military. In fact, evidence has been found that cell phones of some of the missing students were used months later from the military facilities. The state's position has been to hinder the lines of investigation, be reluctant to follow the recommendations of the expert group of the Commission on Human Rights, and insist on its "historical truth" that says that the students were burned in a dump by a criminal gang. Three years after the massacre, join us this September 26th to send a message of solidarity from San Diego to the fathers and mothers of the 43 disappeared students who continue to demand the state Truth and Justice, because #VivosSeLosLlevaronVivosLosQueremos.

Free All Political Prisoners in Mexico: Sep 23-25, 2017

Libertad A Todos Los Presos Políticos
Free All Political Prisoners in Mexico

Un diálogo, a conversation with
Nestora Salgado y Mario Luna

SEPT 23- 24-25

Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

  • 5:00 pm- Nestora Salgado 
  • 6:00 pm- Mujeres en Resistencia/Zapateado Rebelde- Rebel Dancing Performing 
  • 7:00 pm- Mario Luna Romero 
  • 8:00 pm- Concert- Música en Vivo: Tarolas de Hueso y Tijuana No

Entrada libre, donaciones bienvenidas, venta de alimentos mexicanos
Donations are welcomed; Mexican food will be sold

St. Paul's Cathedral
2728 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103


  • 1:00 pm- Misa @ mass
  • 2:00 pm- Conversación con Nestora Salgado y Mario Luna: a dialogue

San Diego City College
Building MS
Room MS 462
1046 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101


  • 11:00 am- Conversación con Nestora Salgado y Mario Luna: a dialogue
  • 12:30 am- Reception lunch

About Nestora SalgadoNestora Salgado García is a human rights defender and indigenous leader from the state of Guerrero, where she has worked to protect indigenous rights, and in particular the right of indigenous peoples' to self-determination. As millions of Mexicans, she migrated to the U.S., but she did not forget her homeland and returned to fight for her people. Nestora Salgado was illegally and arbitrarily detained on 21 August 2013 on fabricated charges of aggravated kidnapping. The charges originate in actions she took in accordance with her role and duties as a member of CRAC-PC. The human rights defender has been kept under detention for over two years and has yet to be tried for the charges she faces. More about Nestora

About Mario LunaCiudad de México, 23 de septiembre de 2015. Mario Luna, líder de la Tribu Yaqui y defensor del agua y del territorio, fue liberado esta tarde luego de permanecer 377 días en un penal de Hermosillo, Sonora. El luchador social fue apresado el 11 de septiembre de 2014 acusado de los delitos de robo de automóvil y el presunto secuestro de un miembro de la comunidad. Con la presencia del entonces todavía presidente Felipe Calderón, fue “inaugurado” en noviembre de 2014 el acueducto Independencia, una obra impulsada por el gobernador de Sonora, el panista Guillermo Padrés, quien pretende desviar —con fines de uso industria— 75 millones de metros cúbicos de agua al año del río Yaqui. Indignados por el robo del agua, integrantes de la tribu yaqui convocaron a una manifestación en la carretera internacional. Como respuesta, más de 40 patrullas y 150 elementos de la policía rodearon el pueblo de Vícam, donde se encuentra la guardia tradicional yaqui, y permanecieron allí durante dos días. More about Mario Luna en Sin Embargo y Ojarasca.

Tim Z. Hernandez on the Bracero program- Oct 11, 2017

October 11
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
MS 162

Tim Z. Hernandez was born and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley. He is an award-winning poet, novelist, and performer. His latest book is a haunting oral history and narrative of unveiling the names and lives of 28 Mexican Bracero laborers who died in a plane crash in Los Gatos Canyon in January 28, 1948. The victims were never identified and were buried in a mass grave with a single plaque for all 28 of them.

All They Will Call You: The Telling of the Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon is the process of naming and telling the unique life stories and thus humanizing the experience of the fate of these Braceros and their legacies of love, loss, hope, and narratives of labor history between the U.S. and Mexico.

The title of the book is inspired by a poem of Woody Guthrie, later becoming an iconic protest song of the 20th century and sung by many folk singers such as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, among