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.
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
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.