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About Jose Calderon

Jose Zapata Calderon is Emeritus Professor in Sociology and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pitzer College and President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Valley.

Your invitation to Immigrant Rights Roundtable Academy Zoom on Tuesday, June 30 – 7 PM

The LRT is pleased to invite you to our next Roundtable Academy Zoom discussion on Immigrant Rights on June 30, 2020 at 7:00PM.

The Immigrant Rights discussion is a continuation of our efforts to deepen our understanding of the issues that the LRT has prioritized as part of our strategic planning. Our goal is to develop a “working position paper” that will inform our strategic plan  for the next three years.

The June 30, discussion will include presentations from members who have direct experience with immigration issues (including DACA, Temporary Protective Status, and Exlusion from Federal Relief Programs)  –  that are directly impacting their families and the immigrant community at large.

Madeline Rios and Angela Sanbrano, Immigrant Rights Lead Team Coordinators will moderate the discussion (which will be translated in both English and Spanish).  The zoom link is:

Jose Calderon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: LRT Roundtable Academy discussion on Immigrant Rights
Time: Jun 30, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 960 5158 8465
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Your invitation to zoom Latino/a Roundtable Mtg. this Saturday, June 27 at 1 PM

The Latino and Latina Roundtable will be holding its membership meeting this Saturday, June 27 from 1 – 3 PM.  You can connect in at link:   The meeting will be interpreted in English and Spanish and urge our Spanish-speaking members to join in. 
Attached is the agenda. 

La Mesa Redonda Latino y Latina llevara acabo su reunion de membresia este Sabado, Junio 27 de la 1 a las 3 de la tarde.  Puede

conectar con su computador en el enlace de zoom:  La junta sera interpretada en ingles y Español.

Jose Calderon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: LRT Membership Meeting
Time: Jun 27, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 996 4395 4583
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Jose Zapata Calderon
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711-6101
(909) 952-1640

LRT Membership agenda (draft) for 6 27 2020

LRT Membership Meeting on June 27th and two events on June 20th: Poor People’s Digital March and Million Mothers Rally

The Latino and Latina Roundtable membership meeting will be next Saturday, June 27th from 1 -3 and a zoom link will be sent out in the next few days .  For this weekend, we urge you to support two important events to support: both the People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington (Digital) and The Million Mothers Rally (Saturday, June 20th – 10 am – beginning at 110 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pomona.  Here are the two announcements:

There’s still time to register for the Poor People’s Assembly and March digital event. Please join us to watch the livestream on our on our Facebook page this Saturday, June 20th for this timely, impactful and powerful event!

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Urgent: Your invitation to a noon Celebratory Rally in Support of DACA Decision at Pomona City Hall

The Latino and Latina Roundtable will be holding a celebratory rally in support of DACA and continuing the call for fair and just legalization of our immigrant families, support for our Temporary Protective Status families, and an end to unjust detention centers at 12 noon at Pomona City Hall (505 S. Garey Ave).  The Supreme Court decision upholding DACA is an important victory for our undocumented youth and immigrant families.  We are asking people to wear masks, practice safe distancing, and bringing signs in support of DACA and supporting speedy legalization.

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Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable 
on Behalf of the Latino and Latina Roundtable board
(909) 952-1640

Invitation to LRT for 2020 Virtual Week of College for All Advocacy June 15th-19th

We are pleased to invite you to this year’s 2020 VIRTUAL WEEK OF ADVOCACY from Monday June 15th – Friday, June 19th. In lieu of of COVID-19 , the College for All Coalition will be hosting a Virtual Week of Advocacy instead of our typical June Advocacy Day. Similar to June Advocacy Day, we will haveLegislative Appointments available for those who want to speak with their representatives and Social Media Campaigns in which everyone can participate in. You are welcome to invite community members and partners to join us in advocating for important bills which will further promote education equity.
If you are interested, we are asking all participants to attend ONE training in advance to the Virtual Week of Action (June 15th-19th). You can sign up here for your preferred date.


  • Friday 06/12 @6PM-8PM (Bilingual English & Spanish)                                       
  • Saturday 06/13 @2PM-4PM (English only)
Last day to RSVP for training is Thursday, June 11th @ 5PM.
**Once registered, you will receive a Zoom Link  a few days before the training date.
We will be going over the College for All Coalition’s Top 5 Bill priorities which include:
AB 1930 Ensures that CSU and UC engage stakeholders before implementing admissions requirements that could disparately impact students of color
AB 1835 Annually, requires LEAs to identify unspent Supplemental and Concentration funds (in LCFF) and keep those fund’s designation to be spent on low-income, foster, or EL students.
ACA 5 If passed, allows the repeal of Prop. 209 to go to the November ballot for CA voters.
SB 1130 Helps build out broadband connections to rural and low income communities using the CASF program (digital divide)
Prop 13 Closes commercial property tax loopholes
and puts $12 billion dollars per year back into schools and communities
Whether it’s your first or fourth time joining us, we are so excited to have you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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Education Equity Coordinator
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Another Big Step Toward Racial Equity

Advancing Equity with Race Conscious Policymaking

Today, the Assembly Appropriations Committee took an important step toward equality for all Californians by advancing ACA 5, which would give voters the opportunity to end the state’s counterproductive ban on affirmative action.

The past week has been a painful reminder that racism and discrimination continue to eat away at progress toward equal opportunity, especially for communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by harmful systems for far too long. I am more resolved than ever that our collective work to advance equity requires race conscious policymaking – this is one path forward to directly address structural racism.

When Proposition 209 was passed almost 25 years ago, it forced our state leaders to turn a blind eye to discrimination and inequality. We cannot overcome the barriers to equal opportunity if we pretend they do not exist.

In recent days, I have been grateful to see so many allies and young people speak out against injustice. Those words matter, and their true power is in their ability to spur action and enact change. No single policy or program will reverse centuries of oppression, but repealing Prop 209 would end an era of willful ignorance and start to level the playing field.

This chance to vote our values now moves to the full Assembly which takes place in the coming weeks. We all have a role to play in this moment. If you are a legislator who has spoken out against inequality, California is counting on you to put your power behind your words. If you lead an organization that has reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion, now is the time to join us in the Opportunity for All coalition. If you’re an advocate, this is a chance to exercise your voice by contacting your representatives.

It’s time to stop the cycle of history repeating. Prop 209 was a misguided effort that resulted in the spread of racial disparities in California. Today, the impact of these missteps are on full display, but California has a chance to choose a different direction.

Please join the Education Trust-West and over one hundred civil rights, education equity, labor, business and community organizations across California in strong support of ACA 5.

In Community,

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga
Executive Director
The Education Trust–West