Film Prejudice and Pride: Mar 26

Prejudice and Pride
Film Screening and Q&A with Filmaker, John J. Valdez

Wednesday, March 26
9:35 – 11:00
Room V-101

From the PBS website: In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new "Chicano" identity. The movement is ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions. Through plays, poetry and film, Luis Valdez and activist Corky Gonzalez create a new appreciation of the long history of Mexicans in the South West and the Mestizo roots of Mexican Americans. In Los Angeles, Sal Castro, a schoolteacher, leads the largest high school student walkout in American history, demanding that Chicano students be given the same educational opportunities as Anglos. In Texas, activists such as José Ángel Gutiérrez, create a new political party and change the rules of the electoral game. By the end of the 1970s Chicanos activism and identity have transformed what it means to be an American. Chicano and Latino studies are incorporated into school curriculum; Latinos are included in the political process.

Latino Film Festival: Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle- Mar 20, 22

Ruben Salazar, one of the most important journalists covering the Chicano movement of the late 1960s, was killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970. This documentary seeks to investigate Salazar’s death and more importantly, contextualize his work as a reporter during a period of great unrest. Includes interviews with Salazar’s friends, family, and colleagues.

UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center 
March 20, 2014 7:30 pm

Digital Gym Cinema
March 22, 2014 5:00 pm

More info for tickets and location: SDLFF

Art of Persistance: Mar 14

Panel Discussion on Diversity: March 14

Honoring Academic Legacies of Diversity at San Diego Mesa College and Beyond: Equity and Valuing Critical Contributions of Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies Departments

Friday, March 14 at 9AM-12PM 
Room H-117/118 (next to Cafeteria)
@ San Diego Mesa College

Recognize the over 40 year histories of each of these departments on the San Diego Mesa College campus; educate the campus and community about issues related to understanding and valuing the critical contributions of Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies Departments in Higher Education; and highlight local, state and national legislative educational policies that have and will impact the future success of all students and with a focus on students of color and first generation students.

Confirmed panelists:
Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.
Assemblymember, 79th Assembly District

Alexandro José Gradilla, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Dual Chair
Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
African American Studies Department
California State University, Fullerton

Beatriz Tapia, M.A.
Associate Professor
Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
East Los Angeles College

Valerie Cuevas, M.A.
Director of External Relations,
The Education Trust—West

Starla Lewis
Black Studies Department
San Diego Mesa College

Water, Sovereignty, & Social Justice: March 11

The Bread and Roses Center of the Department of Women’s Studies, the Department of American Indian Studies, the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, and San Diego State University’s Common Experience present:

Water, Sovereignty, and Social Justice:
Honoring International Women's Day
March 11, 2014 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Theatre of SDSU's Aztec Student Union

Please join us for a panel with Native water rights lawyer Susan Williams (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) as the keynote, a partial screening of a film highlighting women's involvement in the Peace and Dignity Journey 2012 by Sharah Nieto and Adriana Blanco, and local activist Elizabeth Pantoja who participated in the Midwest route of this indigenous solidarity run to/from Alaska and Tierra del Fuego dedicated to Water.

There is a long history of working to address Indigenous tribal rights to water: protecting allwaters that support physical and cultural continuation; sustaining traditional practices, resources and access; understanding and respecting tribal ecological knowledge; applying tribal knowledge and native science to ensure successful water and land stewardship; and supporting habitat and ecological health. Indeed, in 2012, the Peace and Dignity Journey from both tips of the northern and southern continent (Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) to Guatemala was reverentially dedicated to Water and raising consciousness about our social responsibility to protect it as a resource for everyone. As leaders, lawyers, teachers, healers, mothers, and cultural carriers, women are often at the forefront of these discussions and movements.

Please join us for a panel with Susan Williams (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) who will give the keynote, titled Protection of Federal Indian Reserved Water Rights from an Indian Woman Lawyer's Perspective,a and local activist Elizabeth Pantoja who participated in the Peace and Dignity Journey dedicated to Water in 2012. We will also partially screen a film highlighting women's involvement in this Indigenous solidarity run produced by Sharah Nieto.


Coming Out of the Shadows at the Border!: March 10

Where: Otay Port of Entry 
When: Monday March 10th, 2014 
Time: 10 am Pacific

Come join us on Monday, March 10th, 2014 in San Diego, California as we share testimonies and stories of families who have been torn apart by deportation.

At the event we'll have undocumented families, at the border wall, sharing stories and offering a voice to the debate for immigration reform. 

We believe all of the 2 million men, women, and children who have been deported since President Obama took office deserve to come home. Last year, the Bring Them Home project organized communities across the county, and dozens of Dreamers were able to return to their families in the U.S. In March, 250 more people will cross the border hoping to reunite with their families. 

More info: Facebook

Friendship Park: Mar 06

Thursday, Mar 06, 11:10 am
Room MS 462

Presentation on the Tijuana-San Diego border fence, the Friendship Park
 and the construction of a binational community

With Daniel Watman

Fight for 15 Rally: March 6

Fight for 15
March 6, 2014, 2:00PM 
McDonalds located across the street from San Diego City College 
1260 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Rally to bring awareness and support better wages for minimum wage
workers across San Diego. 

For too long franchise fast food industries in America have generated billions of dollars in revenue year after year meanwhile, their employees can barely afford to live. The Fight for 15 is not asking to make people millionaires but simply asks for what is fair. Don’t sit on the sidelines on this issue, now is the time to fight for economic equality not just in San Diego but across the United States of America and make Washington listen.

Protesting Migra Brutality: March 1

March 1, 2014
2 pm
International Gate San Ysidro-Tijuana

Map, directions and more info: Facebook: We Demand


In the last 2 months 5 more people have died while in custody by the border patrol. To date there has been no justice for those who have been murdered by border patrol agents. 



In the last year more than 10 people have been killed by a ICE officer.

Protest against ICE-Migra police brutality