Chicana and Chicano Studies
Calendar of Action and Culture
Spring 2017

Red Earth Rising at Centro Cultural de la Raza: Mar 4, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA, 92101

Mexico: Movement in the Age of Trump @ Social Justice Conference

San Diego City College 
3rd Annual Social Justice and Education Conference presents: 

Mexico: Movement in the Age of Trump 

Thursday March 23rd 2017 
MS 462

Join us and learn how constellation beer bands are affecting the environment and violation of human rights and collective rights that safeguard access to water. 

Social Justice Conference: Mar 22 and 23, 2017

Social Justice Conference
Schedule at Glance

Wed March 22

9:30 am, Saville Theater
Opening Ritual and Opening Remarks
Featured Speaker: Jasiri X, Hip Hop Artist and Activist
Race, Gender and the Power of Hip Hop

11:10 am, MS 162
Session C: Dr. Arcela Nunez-Alvarez, Research Director, National Latino Rights Center
Latino/a Rights and Popular Education

Thursday March 23

11:10 am
MS 162
Session D: Student Refugee Panel (including representative from the IRC)
Our experience and why it matters

11:10 am
MS 140
Dr. Daniel Widener, Professor of Modern American History and Black Studies, UCSD Studios in the Street: Community Arts and Political Change in California

12:45-2:10 pm
MS 162
Jessica Wimbley, Artist
Art and Social Justice - A World Cultures Event

2:30 pm, MS 462
Mexico: Movements in the Age of Trump
Social Justice and Education Conference 

See the complete schedule

Mujeres en Resistencia: Mar 25, 2017

Mujeres en Resistencia 

Saturday, March 25 at 6 PM - 9 PM 
Centro Cultural de la Raza 
Balboa Park 2004 
Park Blvd San Diego
CA 92101 

Facebook Event:

Latinas in Music at Centro Cultural de la Raza: Apr 1, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA, 92101

Tijuana Maquiladora Tour: Apr 22, 2017

Tijuana Maquiladora Tour
Come to learn about Tijuana workers'
conditions and struggles!
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017
8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Important Notice:
  • U.S. citizens entering Mexico via Tijuana and returning from Mexico to San Diego should carry a U.S. passport.
  • All tour participants must read the US travel alert to Mexico and sign the tour waiver. Please click here to see the Tour travel alert and waiver.
Schedule (There may be slight variations from tour to tour.)

  • 8:30 am sharp- San Ysidro. Additional information about the meeting place will be provided.
  • 9:00 am Group arrives to Tijuana. Border line to enter Tijuana last about 30 mins.
  • 9:15 am- The crosses at the border: More than 7,000 immigrants have died trying to cross the border since 1994, when NAFTA was imposed.
  • 9:30 am- Otay Industrial Park, Sanyo and other maquiladoras: workers’ labor conditions, labor rights and struggles
  • NOTE: We will visit the Tijuana industrial area but won’t enter any factory.
  • 11:15 am- Rio Alamar, or how maquiladoras, distorted urban development and wild industrialization define Tijuana
  • 12:00 pm- Foxconn: the largest maquiladora in both Tijuana and the world
  • 12:45 pm- Lunch
  • 1:15 pm:- Group dialogue about the experience; time for questions and comments
  • 2:00 pm- Working women in Tijuana are organizing artisan cooperatives and promoting an alternative economy. They will bring their handcrafts to the tour. To learn in advance about these cooperatives, please go to: Cooperativa Ollin Calli
  • 3:00 pm- Return to the bus station
  • $30 regular, $20 students, $ 50 solidarity
  • Your registration covers the bus, lunch, and a donation to the
  • workers’ organizations.
More information on the tour and maquiladoras

Sponsored by:
  • Colectivo Ollin Calli Tijuana
  • San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network

Maceo Montoya, Chicano Movement for Beginners: March 16, 2017

Maceo Montoya
Chicano Movement for Beginners

March 16, Thursday, 9:35 am 
Room BT 306

As the heyday of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s to early 70s fades further into history and as more and more of its important figures pass on, so too does knowledge of its significance. Thus, Chicano Movement For Beginners is an important attempt to stave off historical amnesia. It seeks to shed light on the multifaceted civil rights struggle known as "El Movimiento" that galvanized the Mexican American community, from laborers to student activists, giving them not only a political voice to combat prejudice and inequality, but also a new sense of cultural awareness and ethnic pride.

Beyond commemorating the past, Chicano Movement For Beginners seeks to reaffirm the goals and spirit of the Chicano Movement for the simple reason that many of the critical issues Mexican American activists first brought to the nation's attention then--educational disadvantage, endemic poverty, political exclusion, and social bias--remain as pervasive as ever almost half a century later.

24th Latino Film Festival Promo: Mar 14, 2017

24th Latino Film Festival Promo
Ethan Van Thillo, Festival director

March 14, Tuesday, 11:10 am 
MS 162

World Cultures Program

Mexican teachers in San Diego: Mar 4, 2017


Since February 2013, the national coordinator of education workers (CNTE) has maintained an intense struggle in Mexico against what the government has called "Education reform." The central objectives of these “reforms” are the privatization of public education and the dismantling of the national education system. In addition, the “reforms” are designed to weaken the union.

The resistance led by the CNTE and supported by much of the population has resulted in the delegitimization and in cancellation of some of these attacks.

However, repression by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto has also resulted in several deaths, dozens imprisoned, and untold numbers of teachers and their supporters beaten by pólice as part of a widespread campaign of repression.

This government is determined to carry out its campaign of privatization at all costs to comply with the free-market capitalist dictates of the OECD, IMF, and World Bank – and against the will of its own people.

Since the repression has begun, over 3360 teachers have been fired by the government, targeted for their participation in the mass protests and and other forms of opposition to the campaign of privatization.

Join us to hear from the teachers and leaders of the CNTE, who are coming to San Diego to share their story and build solidarity against the cross-border assault on public education and teachers’ unions.

Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California´s Indians: Feb 27, 2017

Elias Castillo. A Cross of Thorns:
The Enslavement of California´s Indians
by the Spanish Missions

Monday February 27, 2017 
11 am and 12: 45 pm 
Room MS 462
San Diego City College 

Elias Castillo. A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California´s Indians by the Spanish Missions

About the Author: Elias Castillo is a three time Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of 13 journalism awards, working for the San Jose Mercury News and Associated Press. Under a grant from National Geographic, he led the first scientific exploration of Mexico's vast Copper Canyon. The expedition gathered the first geological survey and environmental data of an area that rivals the dimensions of the Grand Canyon. Castillo, who holds two degrees from San Jose State University, was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, where his step grandfather, Jose Severo Castillo, was publisher of an influential reformist newspaper. 

Excerpt from A Cross of Thorns: "In a native society controlled by men, it was an Indian medicine woman of the Gabrieleño tribe named Toypurina who, in 1785, organized warriors to attack the missions and kill those who had invaded and now controlled her people's land. Hers would be the only known Indian rebellion in North America to have a woman at its helm. Toypurina was a Tongva Indian living in a village called Japchivit and was probably 9 or 10 years old when the Spanish expeditions arrived in the spring and summer of 1769 to found the first mission in San Diego. As a girl, she lived virtually free of worry. Food was bountiful along the coast and whether it was winter or summer, the coastal weather was always mild." 

For more information: Profe Eduardo Aguilar- eaguilar@sdccd.du

Free Citizenship Fair: Feb 20, 2017

Free Citizenship Fair
Apply to become a Naturalized Citizen 
Aplique para ser un Ciudadano Naturalizado

February 20
Any time between 10 am and 7 pm

Hermandad Mexicana
2440 Highland Ave. 
National City, CA 91950
(619) 434-9458

Must be a Legal Permanent Resident without a criminal record for at least 5 years, and 18 y.o.+ Must bring LPR Card, ID/License, Social Security card, and 2 photos passport size. 

Debe ser Residente Permanente Legal sin antecedentes penales por mínimo 5 años, con 18 años de edad+. Deben traer Mica, ID/Licencia, tarjeta de Seguro Social, y 2 fotos tipo pasaporte.

Transnational Art and Struggle: Jan 30 to Feb 16, 2017

Facebook event

Reception: Feb 10, Friday, 5-8 pm

City College Gallery
V-CTC Building
B St. and 16th St.

Jane Terrazas: Feb 10, 2017

Cuidad Juarez artist, Jane Terrazas will be discussing human rights issues experienced by residents in her hometown and in the state of Chihuahua in the context of artistic activsim on Friday February 10th at 3:30pm at the Centro Cultural de la Raza.

Terrazas is a textile artists who uses raw material such as re-used fabric, women's stockings, plastic, electro sensitive material, yarn and threads to make reflection of the systematic gender violence. Taking as an object of study the atrocities that occur in her hometown of Cuidad Juarez, she invites us to reflect on textile sculpture, weaving, loom and contemporary embroidery as urban interventions to create a dialogue with the community about new forms of economic conscience to break with the frustration, speculation, exploitation and bloodshed of our current oppressive system.

Terrazas studied design at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and did an artist residency at the IFCA in Yokohama Japan. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers such as: Ka Volta, Fusion Mag, Amapola Cultura, El informador, Picnic, La tempestad y Art agenda (Nota sobre Yonke), Faboulosly Feminist, Remezcla, Quilombismo, TV UNAM, Nueva Mujer, Borderland TV, Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Crónica Jalisco.

Jane Terrazas' work is currently on display at the Transnational Struggles: Intersectionalites Across Borders group art exhibit at SD City College Luxe Gallery. The exhibit is part of the biannual Bi-National Border Conference hosted by the Chicana/o Studies department at SD City College.
The presentation will be followed by an artist reception at Luxe Gallery located on the 5th Floor of V Bldg. (1080 16th st. SD CA 92101). Artist reception is from 5-8pm.

A very special thanks to our host, the Centro Cultural de la Raza, for the community space!