The Latino and Latina Roundtable, as part of its Roundtable Forum series, is sponsoring a forum entitled “The New Economy: Possibilities for a Sustainable Democratic, & Socially Just Economy on Thursday, June 27 at the Solidarity Center (1460 E. Holt Ave., Entrance #3, Room 6) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Most people, and especially young people, realize that the current economy—call it globalized capitalism, casino capitalism, late-stage capitalism, or what you will—is hurtling the planet toward a fiery catastrophe for our species and many others. And before it is through it seems intent on first—as the book says—“grinding the faces of the poor into the dust.” Is there an alternative? If so, what is it, and how can we achieve it in time? What is the role of cities, and local communities and businesses in leading the way toward a new economic direction that places sustainability in the context of our quality of life? New models of development are emerging that are helping to sustain and preserve the meaning of community. There are signs of hope. In this forum, we will explore some of those models and talk about how they might apply here in Pomona and in our region. We will begin a dialogue—the first in a series on this topic—that we hope can direct us toward cooperative action and experimentation. This Forum will be presented by Emeritus Professor Jose Calderon and Community-Based Attorney John Nolte. We will present some ideas, have some discussion, and decide what to do next. We need your insight. If you want a place to start some exploration on this topic, check out this website: thenextsystem.org.
The Latino and Latina Roundtable, together with UPV MECHA, is sponsoring a forum and panel on the issue of Ethnic Studies on January 31 at the PUSD Education Center Boardroom (800 South Garey Ave. in Pomona) from 6:30-8:30. Before his term ended, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill AB 2772 that would have set up a three-year pilot program allowing 11 school districts that would be picked from throughout California to require students to take a semester or year of ethnic studies in order to graduate. The new Governor Gavin Newsom and the new CA Superintendent of Education Tony Thurmond have stated their support of such an initiative. This forum, as part of a series of forums by the Roundtable Academy, will discuss why there is a need for Ethnic Studies in our schools and the strategies for making it a reality. The forum, part of a series of Roundtable Academy forums, includes the following panelists: Fabian Pavon, a graduate of PUSD, UC-Santa Barbara, and presently in Student Support Services at Mt. San Antonio Community College: Fatima Acuna, Graduate of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at Cal State University, Northridge; Alejandro Juarez, graduate of Mt. Sac and UCLA student majoring in Chicanx Studies and Minoring in Education and African Studies; Dora Gomez-Lopez, a graduate with an M. A. from the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at Cal State Northridge; and Irene Sanchez, a Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies High School Teacher in Azusa USD.
Jose Zapata Calderon President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies 1050 North Mills Avenue Claremont, CA 91711-6101 (909) 952-1640 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu Website: www.josezcalderon.com
You are cordially invited to a forum the Educational Justice Movement on November 27th in the PUSD Education Center Board Room from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The forum will focus on the book anthology on the Educational Justice Movement , Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement. The forum will include a panel comprised of Mark Warren (distinguished professor and editor from UMASS), myself, Claudia Bedolla (Latino/a Roundtable), and Jeanette Ellis-Royston (from the NAACP). The forum will take place from 6:30-8:30 with a book signing at the end.
In addition to an article that I wrote in the book connecting the immigrant rights and educational justice movements, the book includes stories and examples of how students of color and their parents have been building coalitions to advance alternatives to historic inequities. The contributors argue that what is needed “is a movement led by those most affected by injustice – students of color and their parents – that builds alliances across sectors and with other social justice movements addressing immigration, LGBTQ rights, and the school -to-prison pipeline.”
We are hoping that you can attend and join in the discussion after the presentations. Please help us in getting the word out. We would appreciate any help that you can give us. Thank you for your time on this.
You are invited to a forum on the book Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement on November 27th at the PUSD Education Center Board room (800 South Garey Ave. in Pomona) from 6:30-8:30 where a a panel will present on this book. The forum, part of a series of Roundtable Academy forums, will include a panel comprised of Mark Warren (distinguished professor and editor from UMASS), Jose Calderon and Claudia Bedolla (Latino/a Roundtable), and Jeanette Ellis-Royston (from the NAACP). Fabian Pavon will present one of his poems. The forum will take place from 6:30-8:30 with a book purchasing and signing at the end.
In addition to an article connecting the immigrant rights and educational justice movements in the local area, the book includes stories and examples of how students of color and their parents have been building coalitions to advance alternatives to historic inequities. The contributors argue that what is needed “is a movement led by those most affected by injustice – students of color and their parents – that builds alliances across sectors and with other social justice movements addressing immigration, LGBTQ rights, and the school -to-prison pipeline.” Since the forum is immediately after the Thanksgiving break, we need your help in inviting other parents, students, teachers, and community people who might be interested in this forum. Please text, e-mail, facebook, and call your contacts. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on November 27th
You are invited to the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership meeting on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 1 PM at the Solidarity Center at the Village (1444 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona — Entrance #3 – Classroom 6). The meeting from 1 -2 will elect the executive board that include the following nominations: Jose Calderon for President; Angela Sanbrano for Vice President; Kathy Cabrera for Secretary; and Rose Calderon for Treasurer. After the election at 2 PM, a forum will be held, “Journey for Justice: The California Caravan, Temporary Protective Status, and DACA” by Angela Sanbrano.
Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley
This is a reminder of your invitation to join the Latino and Latina Roundtable Community Development Committee, NAACP Pomona Valley Chapter, and the Pomona Unified School district to participate in a presentation and discussion with Betty Hung, from the College for All Coalition, on Thursday, November 10 at 7 PM at the PUSD board room (800 S. Garey Ave.) in Pomona. The presentation and discussion will focus on SB-1050 College for All and how the funding from this legislation will provide more funding for college readiness resources, expand college enrollment slots, and expand educational opportunity for LCFF plus students and students from first generation backgrounds. With Pomona being an LCFF+ school district, it will receive funding for these purposes. There will be an opportunity for Q & A and audience participation after the presentations.
Jose Zapata Calderon
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
You are invited to an informational forum on the 17 ballot initiatives on the November ballot on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 – 9 PM at the Macedonia Center (737 Hamilton Blvd.) in Pomona. The forum (which will include child care, refreshments, and translation) is sponsored by the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, the NAACP of the Pomona Valley, the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, and the League of Women Voters.
Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley