Devon Peña: Oct 24

Devon Peña
"Environmental Justice and the State of Exception"
October 24, Thursday 6:30 pm
University of San Diego
Salomon Hall
Devon Pena is the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) scholar of the year in 2013 and is a strong voice for environmental justice, Chicana and Chicano culture, food sovereignty, and cultural recovery for Indigenous/Latino peoples.


Malalai Joya: Oct 22

Malalai Joya
October 22nd at 11:10 am
City College
Room V101
She is an Afghani woman's rights and anti-war activist who was instrumental in advocating for women and opposing war and occupation before she was driven into exile. She is now taking her campaign international.
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Tell President Obama to remove the immigrant imprisonment quota


Dear Enrique,

News flash: President Obama’s 2015 budget requests a wasteful and dangerous policy that indiscriminately jams immigrants into private prisons.

Immigrants who have committed no crimes or only minor crimes are being stuffed into prisons to meet an arbitrary immigrant body count quota passed by the House of Representatives in 2006. That means ICE has a sick incentive to rip immigrant families apart, profile Latinos in border communities, and give billions of dollars away to private prison corporations like GEO Group -- all for no good reason.1

President Obama could push back against this policy. Instead, his budget request legitimizes it. It’s one thing for GOP extremists to request a policy like this -- it’s another thing entirely when a President who claims to support our communities does.

Some people call it the “bed mandate.” We call it the immigrant imprisonment quota. Whatever you call it, it’s bad news -- so why does President Obama seem to support it?

The immigrant imprisonment quota is exactly what it sounds like: ICE is required to hold at least 34,000 immigrants each day in private detention centers. This quota is the main reason so many immigrants who haven’t committed any crimes are arrested and detained by ICE.

Putting someone in a private detention center costs $160 each day, or $2 billion each year -- a huge giveaway to private prison companies like GEO Group. Meanwhile, alternatives to incarceration cost as little as $17 per day, are effective, and they keep immigrant families together as they wait for due process.

Stopping Obama’s budget request is an important first step in eliminating this policy for good. And now that 65 members of the House of Representatives have sent the president a letter opposing it, there isn’t a better time to pressure Obama to do his part.2

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Arturo, Jesús, Erick, Erica and the rest of the Team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

1. Controversial quota drives immigration detention boom.Washington Post, Oct. 13 2013.
Letter to President Obama - End Immigrant Detention Bed Mandate."Project Vote Smart, Sept. 26, 2013.



National Day of Action: Oct 5

Facebook event: Oct5

Join thousands across the country to tell Congress:
Just and fair immigration reform is necessary

Communities demand immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, protects workers' rights, promotes family unity, and stops the militarization of border communities.

Take a stand and march with your community...


Unase con miles por todo el país para exijirle al Congreso:
Una reforma migratoria justa y equitativa es necesaria

Comunidades exigen una reforma migratoria que contenga un camino hacía la ciudadanía, que proteja a los derechos laborales, promueve la unidad familiar, y pone un alto a la militarización de las comunidades fronterizas.

Unase al esfuerzo y marche con su comunidad...

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Queer in Aztlán: Oct 3

Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out
By Gibrán Güido
Thursday, October 3 from 12:45 – 2:10 p.m.
Room MS-162

A former City College student, Gibrán Güido is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. In 2010, he organized the Fifth Annual Queer People of Color Conference at San Diego State University and co-organized the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Third Jotería Conference. He is a recipient of the Richard P. Geyser Ethics Memorial Scholarship.
His book, Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out, is an anthology explores issues of queer youth identity, sexuality, masculinity, homophobia, sexism, and violence in Mexican and American culture.
The volume gives readers the opportunity to value deeply personal narratives from queer Chicanos/Mexicanos and makes it possible for them to understand and sympathize with the stories’ protagonists.
Güido co-edited the publication with San Diego State Chicano Studies professor Adelaida Del Castillo.

Reyna Grande: Oct 2

Reyna Grande

8th Annual San Diego City College International Book Fair
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:10 am
Room V-101
Author of The Distance Between Us and Across a Hundred Mountains.

She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Update Struggle Ethnic Studies in AZ: Oct 2

Update on Struggle for Ethnic Studies in Arizona
Oct 2: 7 pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza

The House I Live In- Oct 1

Tuesday, Oct 1, 12:45 – 2:10 p.m.

Room V-101

San Diego City College

 The film The House I Live In won a Grand Jury Prize Documentary, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film examines the correlation between the war on drugs and mass incarceration.