Author Archives: Jose Calderon

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.

Invitation to Cesar Chavez Park Beautification – Saturday, July 31 at 9 am

Please join us this Saturday, July 31st at 9 am (2720 Barjud ave. in Pomona) to keep on sustaining Cesar Chavez Park (by spreading mulch, repainting the trash cans, and maintaining the community garden).  Renowned artist Paul Botello, who painted the murals at Cesar Chavez Park, will be joining us as part of continuing the restoration and the preservation of the murals.

Invitation to Redistricting Workshop sponsored by Latino and Latina Roundtable (in Partnership with MALDEF and NALEO – August 6th (6 -8 pm)

This is your invitation to a workshop on redistricting sponsored by the Latino and Latina Roundtable (in partnership with NALEO and MALDEF) on August 6th from 6:00 – 8 PM.   This workshop will let you know what redistricting is all about, what is meant by your “community of interest,” the timeline for the redistricting process in the next few months, and how you can participate in district boundary mapping and hearings.  

You Must RSVP to be part of this workshop.  Click on the flyer to register. Once you register, you will get a confirmation email with a zoom link.

For questions, please email Lina Mira at or Jacqueline from NALEO at

COI Workshop Flyer_PomonaValley_8-06-21

Invitation to In-Person LRT Membership Meeting Sat., July 24th, 1 PM, at Cesar Chavez Park

You are invited to the Latino and Latina Roundtable In-Person Membership Meeting this Saturday, July 24th at 1 PM at Cesar Chavez Park (2720 Barjud Ave.) in Pomona.

We have not had an in-person meeting for over a year and now we will meet to celebrate our perseverance in continuing to meet and organize regardless of the obstacles.  In this spirit, we will celebrate the many accomplishments that we have achieved and the road ahead.  Attached is the agenda.  Please join us.

We will have 25 chairs available but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chair – snacks will be provided by LRT

Cesar Chavez Park  

2720 Barjud Avenue Pomona, CA 91768
7/24/2021 from 1- 3pm 

Membership Meeting 7/24/2021 @ 1:00 pm-3 pm (PST)

Details regarding the upcoming membership meeting in the park this Saturday. It’s been a while since we met in person. We also added a zoom option for those who want to connect.
Topic: LRT Membership Meeting 
Time: Jul 24, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting ID: 895 1408 4107
Passcode: 578111

Please join us for a presentation on clean mobility and a chance to hear from fellows, SOON and Jasmine

We here at LRT are inviting you to a conversation on Clean Mobility. Clean Mobility ties into all of the areas that LRT has prioritized as part of the organization’s strategic plan. We will share how clean mobility is connected to our social justice work. If you are interested in workers’ rights, environmental justice, immigration, food, and your community’s health and wellbeing, please join us. This space is for you, and we would sincerely appreciate your presence and ideas.
For questions and inquiries, please contact Jasmine Rocha at

In Solidarity,

Latino & Latina Roundtable

Today is the day… Danza Azteca @ Tony Cerda Park

Start your weekend early with Danza Azteca. All abilities welcome.
The Latina/o Roundtable’s
Ethnic Studies Committee Presents:
Aztec Dance Classes/Danza Azteca
Maestro: Alejandro Xipecoatl Juarez, Danza Azteca Grupo Toyaacan
7:00pm – 8:30pm 
Every Thursday July-August
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 
Tony Cerda Park
400 W Grand Ave. Pomona, CA 91766andAugust /Agosto
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th & Sept 2nd
Cesar Chavez Park 
2720 Barjud Ave. Pomona, CA 91768

We are grateful to the City of Pomona for their support in bringing this program to the community.

SB-309, which College for All Coalition has supported, passes with an allocation of $500 million

Thought that I would let you know that SB-309 sponsored by State Senator Connie Leyva, which the College for All Coalition (of which the LRT has been part of), passed through the state legislative budget with an allocation of $500 million to ensure College readiness and assuring that schools advance student completion of A-G requirements.  Thank you to our LRT College for All group that met with legislators on this bill (and others) during advocacy week.  This is a good example of how we can connect our local organizing efforts to training and outreach that results in positive outcomes.   
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

Fired Pomona College dining hall worker Felipa Sanchez to return to work

Fired Pomona College dining hall worker Felipa Sanchez to return to work almost 10 years after college fired her during Union drive!

Welcome Back Felipa Sanchez!

Almost 20 years ago, in the middle of a Union organizing drive in the Pomona College dining halls, Pomona College trustees and administrators decided to check Felipa’s papers and fire her along with 16 of her co-workers. 

A year later, despite the mass firing, Felipa’s co-workers won the Union. One of their first demands was the right to return to work for Felipa and all the fired dining hall workers, once their immigration status was regularized.

On Thursday, July 1, Felipa Sanchez will finally return to her job as Lead Cook with her full seniority!  Come congratulate Felipa and help us celebrate her return!

 When:        Thursday, July 1

When:        9am

Where:       The fountain in front of Frank Dining Hall.

For more info contact Noel Rodriguez, 310 462 7535.