Casa Puerto Rico> Oct 20

La Casa de Puerto Rico 40th Anniversary Celebration in the Park,
Saturday, October 20

Tijuana Maquiladora Tour: Oct 20

Come to learn about Tijuana communities and workers' conditions and struggles!
Saturday, October 20, 2012 
9 am to 3 pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Citizens returning from Mexico should present an U.S. passport. (Otherwise, they need an official ID, birth certificate, and waiting in line when returning to the U.S. for a period of time to be decided by the border gate officer.)

All tour participants must read the US travel alert to Mexico and sign the tour waiver.


9:00 am sharp- San Ysidro/Tijuana border-bus station. Directions to meet here will be provided later. We will walk together to cross the border gate and travel to our locations in Tijuana using chartered buses for transportation.

9:45 am- The crosses at the border: More than 7,000 immigrants have died trying to cross the border.

10:30 am- Otay Industrial Park, Sanyo, Douglas Furniture, other maquiladoras: workers’ labor conditions, labor rights and struggles

NOTE: We will visit the Tijuana industrial area but won’t enter any factory.

11:00 am- Community Ejido Chilpancingo-Rio Alamar: industrialization, health, environment, urban development

11:30 am- Metales y Derivados, a story of struggle and success for environmental justice

12:15 pm- Lunch

1:00 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

3:00 pm- Return to the Tijuana bus station


$30 regular, $20 students, $ 50 solidarity

Donations cover the bus, lunch, and a donation to the workers’ organizations.

To reserve a place, please go to

If you prefer to use the postal system, or for more information, please contact:
Herb Shore:, (619) 287-5535

Sponsored by Colectivo Ollin Calli Tijuana, Colectivo Chilpancingo for Environmental Justice, San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network, Environmental Health Coalition, and Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras

Beyond the Border: Oct 16

Beyond the Border, follows the immigrant experience with Marcelo Ayala, who leaves his family on a risky journey to the United States and examines immigration’s effect on family in Marcelo’s home town of Michoacan, Mexico.
Tuesday, October 16, 12:45 p.m.
Room D 121 A/B

After the film we’ll have a discussion with filmmaker Eren Isabel McGinnis, the co-founder of the feminist filmmaking company Café Sister Productions and producer of 19 movies including POV’s Tobacco Blues, The Girl Next Door (shortlisted for an Oscar!), The Spirituals, Dos Vatos-México, and Precious Knowledge. McGinnis received the NALIP 2012 Documentary Filmmaker of the Year award. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Diego State University, and a certificate in Film and Video Theory and Production from the University College Dublin, in Ireland. A Fulbright scholar, she spent a year of living, writing, and filmmaking in Juchitán, México.


San Diego's Student Movement Forum: Oct 15

Build a unified movement for educational equality!
October 15 at 7 PM
Joyce Beers Community Center

3900 Vermont Street; San Diego, CA 92103
Across from Trader Joe's

Activist San Diego invites all Student Activists, Student Organizations, Teachers and any one concerned with the our education system to share organizing experiences, hear about student movements nationally & internationally and to collaborate for common goals.  Whether your focus is LGBT issues, Palestine, student aid, the Dream Act, sweatshops, racial inequity, student-worker alliances, elections... we want to hear from you. The intention of the forum is to inspire the left-progressive community to network in support each other, to strengthen and expand the local student movement! Want to speak or participate?
To get involved:
Nunno Pacano 301-252-3009

Matices de las Américas: Sept 20

Exhibition at the
Centro Cultural de la Raza
Obras de Arte, 65 Artistas presentan pinturas, esculturas y fotografias

Sept 8-Octuber 7
Estimada Comunidad: Bajo los Auspicios del Consulado General de Mexico en San Diego, El Centro Cultural de la Raza,Talento Hispano Arte & Cultura Global y NFIA presentamos un Homenaje al 102 Aniversario de la Revolucion Mexicana y la Tercera Exposicion Internacional "MATICES DE LAS AMERICAS"
Quedan Uds. cordialmente invitados a a acompanarnos en este gran esfuerzo, por compartir el acontecer de la plastica contemporanea, los paises participantes nos brindan a traves de sus Obras un puente maravilloso para acercarnos a sus culturas, en esta oportunidad.
El movimiento de Arte Chicano esta representado por hombres y mujeres de diferentes generaciones, pero que siguen concientemente el camino de la preservacion de sus ancestros.

Photos of the Mexican Revolution: Sep 7

Agustin Casasola
Mexico’s most important photographer of the Early 20th Century
Works from 1909-1921 are exhibited.

Centro Cultural de la Raza
August 7-October 7

Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Balboa Park
Gallery Hours
Tues. - Sun. 12 - 4 pm

Note: Be sure Centro Cultural La Raza is opened:
Contact them in advance:
Tel. 619-235-6135
CC La Raza website

More about Agustín Casasola:

“The Mexican Agustín Víctor Casasola, with the intermittent help of his brother Miguel, began to set up around 1900 one of the most important photographic archives for the history of a country. However, the international recognition of these almost 500,000 photos has not matched its importance. Born in 1874 and raised in the years of the Porfirio Díaz government, Agustín Casasola was a direct witness to all the adversities that led to modern Mexico, and breathed as nobody else the air of a country and a city that developed during the first third of the 20th century at a runaway pace.” (Riowang)

City College Book Fair: Oct 1-6

7th Annual San Diego City College Int'l Book Fair
October 1 - 6, 2012
Free admission to all events.  Open to the public.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Room 121A/B Faculty Lounge
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reading and book signing with Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us
Thursday, October 4, 2012
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reading and book signing with Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Saville Theater
10:30  a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Screening of Precious Knowledge, documentary and discussion
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Readings of excerpts from banned books by faculty and staff members including: Roberta Alexander, June Cressy, Farrell Foreman, Kevin Gossett, Jan Jarrell, Nadia Mandilawi, Elizabeth Meehan, Oscar Preciado, Anna Rogers, Elva Salinas. Discussion to follow.
Readings and book signings by authors banned in Arizona, including:
1:30  p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Rudy Acuña, author of Occupied America, Anything But Mexican, and Corridors of Migration
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Matt de la Peña, author of Mexican White Boy, Ball Don’t Lie, and We Were Here
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Herbert Sigüenza, author of Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy

*NEW WEBSITE* SDCity Scholarships

Students will be able to fill out the application page online (at the top of the web link) then they need to print it with the front page of the selected scholarship listing the criteria/requirements. Please return completed applications and all required materials including essay & letters of recommendation to the Office of Student Affairs.

DEADLINE: December 6, 2012 before NOON – no exceptions.

Art at Mesa College: Sept 6

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery presents:

Seven Deadly Sins
September 6 – October 1, 2012

Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5 - 7 pm, D101
Presentation by curator Professor Beate Bermann-Enn at 7 pm, G101

Parking is free on reception night. Light refreshments will be served.

Gallery Hours
MTW 11-4 pm, Thursday 11 – 8 pm. Closed Fridays, weekends and school holidays.

In this exhibition seven accomplished artists reinterpret the Seven Deadly Sins and contextualize them for the 21st Century. San Diego based artists Marianela de la Hoz and Alexia Markarian are joined by Phyllis Davidson, Gene Flores, Doug Sutherland, Henning von Berg and Peter Zokosky. Art history professor Beate Bermann-Enn curated the exhibit, which brings together an eclectic group from different parts of the United States and from as far as Germany.

By transposing these ancient Catholic precepts to a modern world all of these artists bring a touch of the surreal and the absurd to their creations. The resulting visual allegories in a variety of media both awe and disturb. They admonish the viewer with a hint of irony and a slight wink to temptation. Come and be sinful with us!

Davidson’s luscious satiny textured paintings present a sardonic view of our less than perfect society. Her large canvases contrast with De la Hoz’s exquisite miniatures painstakingly painted using the ancient medium of egg tempera. Flores' elegant engravings play with the mythological and feature odd hybrid creatures.
Ex-votos, images of the Madonna, inspired Markarian’s subtlyaltered composite prints. In Sutherland’s digitally generated altarpiece, Robo Christ, a video flashes the (political) sins of our times. German von Berg uses digital photography to create tableaux with ‘angels’ and ‘devils’ as sculptural nudes. Los Angeles based Zokosky paints quirky and imaginative allegories with an art historical feel.

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Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director (619) 388-2829