Chicana and Chicano Studies
Calendar of Action and Culture
Spring 2017

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

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!

Free Citizenship Fair: Feb 20

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.

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

UndocuYouth Conference- Dec 10, 2016

1st Annual
UndocuYouth Conference

Saturday Dec. 10th, from 9-2:30pm
SDSU Arts & Letters 201

These are post-election times and many of us are uncertain of what to expect for our immigrant communities under President-elect Trump. In response to this, San Diego Dream Team, along with Education without Borders at SDSU have partnered up and will be the proud hosts of the 1st Annual UndocuYouth Conference for immigrant youth and families who are uncertain. There will be numerous workshops on resources and several other topics. 

Check-in: 8:30am
Workshops: 9:00am

Workshops will include:

- Know Your Rights 
- Health Care
- Deportation Defense
- Self-care
- and more!

Stay tuned for workshop updates!
RSVP at:

Space is limited, please RSVP to reserve spot and lunch.
Childcare will be provided

For questions, contact:

Facebook event:
1st Annual UndocuYouth Conference

Summer Academy at UCSD

Summer Academy at UCSD 
For students in Humanities majors 
(Preferably Honors students, but anyone interested should check it out). 

July 3 - August 4, 2017 

Apply to participate in an academic transition program designed especially for SDCCD transfer students majoring in History, Literature, Philosophy and academic programs in the Humanities at UC San Diego. 

This academy for our district’s students is made available through the Mellon Foundation Grant that were awarded this fall. There will be 30-35 spots available from three campuses: City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges. 

More info: 
Prof. Kelly Mayhew, Ph.D. 
Honors Program Co-Coordinator

Binational Conference on Border Issues: Nov 17, 2016

 [Versión en español: ver abajo]

Binational Conference on Border Issues
Activism and Academia

Transnational Struggles:
Intersectionalities Across the Border

Thursday Nov 17

San Diego City College
1046 16th Street
San Diego, CA, 92101
Building MS
Room MS 162
8 am -- 4:30 pm

Friday Nov 18

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Km 18.5 carretera escénica Tijuana – Ensenada
San Antonio del Mar Tijuana, Baja California
México, C.P. 22560
9 am – 1 pm

Autonomous University of Baja California
School of Humanities
 Calzada Tecnológico s/n
Tijuana, Mexico
4 – 8 pm

Keynote Speakers in San Diego:
Caravana against the Repression in Mexico

Thursday Nov 17, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
San Diego City College
Room MS 162

Eight activist women from Mexico travel throughout the U.S. to expose violence in Mexico and the social efforts to recover a country whose mafia-like government is strongly supported by U.S. politicians.

Cristina Bautista Salvador- Assembly of mothers and fathers of the 43 students disappeared from Ayotzinapa. Mother of Benjamin Ausencio Bautista, one of the 43 missing students.

Joaquina García Velázquez- Assembly of mothers and fathers of the 43 students disappeared from Ayotzinapa. Mother of Martin Getsemaní Sánchez, one of the 43 missing students.

Lucía Gutiérrez Nicolás- Committee of Victims of the Repression in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca on June 19th 2016; a community savagely attacked by federal forces on June 19th, 2016.

Bertha Alicia Garcia Ruiz- Committee of Return Our Daughters Home of Ciudad Juarez. Mother of Brenda Berenice Castillo Garcia who was kidnapped and murdered when she was only 17 years old.

Alicia Bustamante Perez- Ñatho-Otomi Nation from Xochicuautla from the State of Mexico. She has dedicated the past two years fighting vigorously in defense of her ancestral land against the so called “mega-projects.”

Odadelmis Hermelinda Leyva Villafane- National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE). Representative of CNTE and of the Teachers´ union local 9 in Mexico City fighting for the public education in Mexico. 

Maria del Carmen Mata Lopez- Alliance of National, State, and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice; San Quintín, Baja California Maria comes from a family of agricultural workers. She started working in the fields in the northern state of Sinaloa at the age of 9. 

Miriam Hernandez Neri- Family member of a political prisoner from the State Estado de Mexico Teachers Collective Against the Education Reform (MMCRE-CNTE in Spanish). Miriam is a teacher and sister to Oscar Hernandez Neri, also a teacher who was imprisoned for defending public education and human rights in the state of Estado de Mexico.

More information about these speakers:


Conferencia Binacional en Temas Fronterizos 
Activismo y academia 

Luchas transnacionales: 
Interseccionalidades a través de la frontera 

Jueves 17 de noviembre 

San Diego City College 
1046 16th Street San Diego, CA, 92101 
Edificio MS 
Salón MS 162 
8 am -- 4:30 pm 

Viernes 18 de noviembre 

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte 
Km 18.5 carretera escénica Tijuana – Ensenada 
San Antonio del Mar Tijuana, 
Baja California México, C.P. 22560 
9 am – 1 pm 

Universidad Autonoma de Baja California 
Facultad de Humanidades 
Calzada Tecnológico s/n Tijuana, 
Mexico 4 – 8 pm 

Presentaciones magistrales en San Diego: 
Caravana contra la Represión en México 

Jueves 17 de noviembre
9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
San Diego City College 
Salon MS 162 

Ocho mujeres activistas de México viajan a Estados Unidos para exponer la violencia en México y los esfuerzos comunitarios de recuperar a un país gobernado por una mafia que es defendida por políticos en Estados Unidos. 

Cristina Bautista Salvador- Asamblea de padres y madres de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa. Madre de Benjamín Ausencio Bautista, uno de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos.

Joaquina García Velázquez- Asamblea de padres y madres de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa. Madre de Martín Getsemaní Sánchez, uno de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos.

Lucía Gutiérrez Nicolás- Comité de víctimas del 19 de junio de Nochixtlán, Oaxaca. Esta comunidad que fue salvajemente atacada por fuerzas federales el 19 de junio de 2016. Ella misma es una víctima de ese ataque. Profesora de profesión, trabaja en una comunidad alejada de la ciudad.

Bertha Alicia García Ruiz- Comité Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa de Ciudad Juárez. Madre de Brenda Berenice Castillo García que a la edad de 17 años fue desaparecida y asesinada.

Alicia Bustamante Pérez - Comunidad Ñatho-Otomí de Xochicuautla, Estado de México. Desde hace dos años, Alicia se ha enfocado vigorosamente en la lucha por la defensa del territorio de su comunidad contra los mega proyectos de construcción y destrucción.

Odadelmis Hermelinda Leyva Villafañe- Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE). Representa a la CNTE e integrante de la Sección IX de la Ciudad de México.

María del Carmen Mata López- Alianza de Organizaciones Nacional, Estatal y Municipal por la Justicia Social; San Quintín, Baja California. Activista proveniente de familia de jornaleros y jornaleras agrícolas.

Miriam Hernández Neri- maestra y hermana de preso politico del colectivo Magisterio Mexiquense Contra la Reforma Educativa (MMCRE-CNTE), el cual también es maestro y fue encarcelado por defender la educación pública y los derechos humanos en México.

More information about these speakers:

Caravana vs Represión en México: Nov 17

Speaking Tour
Against the Repression in Mexico

Eight activist women from Mexico and an Ayotzinapa student travel throughout the U.S. to expose violence in Mexico and the social efforts to recover a country whose mafia-like  government is strongly supported by U.S. politicians.

San Diego

Miercoles / Wednesday Nov. 16
Forum / Foro
University of California, San Diego
Room SME 149
11 am

Foro / Forum
Brengle Terrace Park
Jim Porter Recreation Center
1200 Vale Terrace Dr.
Vista, Ca. 92084
6-8 pm

Jueves / Thursday Nov. 17
Conferencia / Conference
San Diego City College
1046 16th Street
San Diego, Ca. 92101
Building MS
Room MS 162
9:30 am - 1 pm

Marcha / March
City College - Chicano Park
4:30pm - 6pm
Mitin y Marcha / Rally and March
Chicano Park

Viernes / Friday Nov. 18

Consulado Mexicano (Mexican Consulate)
1549 India St.
San Diego, Ca. 92101
Pinta Squad
9-10 am
Conferencia de Prensa / Press Conference
10am - 11am

Foro con Estudiantes de High School
Forum with High School Students
Lincoln High School
11:15 am

Celebrando el último día de la Caravana
Comida Comunitaria
Celebration of the last day of the Caravana
Community Meal
San Ysidro Casa Familiar Civic Center
212 W. Park Ave
San Ysidro, CA 92173
12- 3 pm

Community Forum / Foro Comunitario
Bread and Salt
1955 Julian Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92113
6 - 9 pm

This speaking tour is a collective effort to create solidarity with the different social struggles being waged in Mexico, and to denounce government repression towards social activists which takes the form of forced disappearances, assassinations, political imprisonments, land grabs, feminicide, and other forms of violence. The Caravana also denounces and demands an end to the Merida Initiative.

From October 18th through November 18th, a group of representatives of 7 social movements tours several U.S. cities making this denunciation and promoting solidarity. The speaking tour is composed of representatives of the following groups: Ayotzinapa students; Parent Assembly of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa; the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE); San Quintin farm workers; May our Daughters Return Home (Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa) from Juarez City denouncing femicide; victims of the attack on the community of Nochixtlan, Oaxaca; and Xochicuautla, an Otomi community fighting mega-projects land grabbing against indigenous communities.

Caravana contra la Represión en México 

Ocho mujeres activistas de México junto con un estudiante de Ayotzinapa viajan por EUA para hablar de la violencia en México y los esfuerzos de rescatar al país del gobierno mafioso y sus patrocinadores en Estados Unidos. 

Esta caravana es un esfuerzo colectivo cuyo objetivo es solidarizarse con las diferentes luchas que se libran en México, y, al mismo tiempo, denunciar la represión del gobierno hacia los luchadores sociales que se manifiesta en desapariciones, asesinatos, presos políticos, despojos de tierras, feminicidios, etc. asi mismo, denunciando y exigiendo el alto a el plan Mérida.

Del 18 de octubre al 18 de noviembre, una delegación de siete movimientos sociales recorre varias ciudades de EUA llevando esa denuncia y promoviendo la solidaridad. La caravana está integrada por representantes de: alumnos de Ayotzinapa, asamblea de padres/madres de los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa, la Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), jornaleros de San Quintín, "Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa" de Ciudad Juárez denunciando feminicidios, Victimas de Ataque a la comunidad de Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, y Xochicuautla, comunidad otomí, denunciando mega-proyectos/despojo de tierras a comunidades indígenas.

Más información sobre las integrantes y el recorrido de la Cravana

Reclaiming our Stories: Oct 28, 2016

 City works press presents 

Narratives of Identity, Resilience and Empowerment 

Friday Oct 28th 

World Beat Center 
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 
(Balboa Park) 

Books for sale, readings and
light food and drinks 

No cover 

Mixtec Culture and the Familia Unida Project: Oct 20, 2016

Daisy Alonso and Julieta GonzalezFamilia Indígena Unida
Thursday, Oct 20, 12:45 pm
Room MS 462
San Diego City College

Mixtec Culture and the Familia Unida Project 

Daisy Alonso and Julieta Gonzalez will introduce students to the Mixtec culture and history in Oaxaca and in San Diego and present one of the most important experiences of a migrant Mexican Indigenous community. The Mixtecs have preserved and re-created cultural and social links between their people at home and their people in the US, in spite of cultural and national borders. 

Daisy Alonso

She is an Indigenous woman from the Mixteca Baja, one of 8 regions in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is from the town called Santa Rosa Caxtlahuaca; in Mixteco is called Ñuú Shoo “pueblo de a lado” “pueblo apartado”. As a child she experience Oaxaca in Vista, California. The sense of community provided her a strong cultural formation of her identity, since cultural practices, language, and community organizing was embedded in her daily life. She became conscious of her value of her indigenous roots at the university as an undergrad that lead her to be involved and organize work around Indigenous cultural preservation and rights in the United States. She attended Cal State San Marcos and study Sociology with a concentration in Critical Race Studies. 

Julieta González

She considers herself a Mixteca woman. She is from a small town called Santa Maria Natividad, Oaxaca, Mexico. At age ten, she migrated to the United States in the community of Linda Vista. She has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in International Business with Finance specialization with Latin America Studies emphasis. She is one of the co-founder of Familia Indigena Unida (FIU) and program director of the Mixtec Cultural Exchange program since 2006. She is currently the coordinator for the Mixtec kids program in Familia Indígena Unida. She has successfully empowered Mixtec kids and youths by encouraging them to be proud of their cultural identity and conserve their native language and culture in addition providing homework assistance.

The Search for Justice and Against Impunity in Mexico- Oct 3, 6, 2016

The Search for Justice and Against Impunity
Speaking Tour from Mexico

San Diego City College
Room MS 462

Monday, October 3, 9:35-11 am 
Thursday, Oct 6, 11:10-12:35 pm 

Eduardo García Maganda- Student from the college for rural teachers of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Former president of Ayotzinapa Student Association, and survivor of the police and army attack against students in Iguala, Guerrero, on Sep 26, 2014. 

Alejandro Ramos- Human Rights Center Morelos from Guerrero, Mexico Alejandro will speak about the repression of activists, especially Indigenous who fight for their communities 

Gerardo Espinosa- Human Rights Center Fray Matías from Tapachula, Chiapas Gerardo will speak about the attack against the immigrants from Central America when they cross Mexico trying to go the USA., especially unaccompanied children. 

Sponsored by Unión del Barrio and the Caravana Against the Repression in Mexico 

Unión del Barrio

Caravana against Repressionin Mexico

77 Minutes-- Sep 23, 2016

77 Minutes

On July 18, 1984, a coward walked into a restaurant in San Ysidro, CA
and committed one of the worst mass shootings in history.

Sep 22-23, 6-8 pm
The Front San Ysidro Community Center
147 West San Ysidro Blvd.
San Ysidro, CA 92173

Sep 23-Sep 29, 2016
UltraStar Mission Valley Hazard Center
7510 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

On July 18, 1984 a deranged gunman walked into a McDonalds in San Ysidro, CA and fired away indiscriminately for 77 Minutes. Forty people were shot, which included babies, children and pregnant women. Filmmaker Charlie Minn deeply examines the tragedy with riveting interviews with victims and police. Never seen video along with little-known information are shared so people can come to terms and have a full understanding with one of San Diego's most unforgettable moments.