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Your Invitation to Cesar Chavez Breakfast in Pomona on March 29th

I am writing to request your support for our fifteenth annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast that will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 8 A. M. to 10 A. M. (with registration between 7 and 8 AM) at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center (601 W McKinley Ave., Gate 3) in Pomona. With your support, in the last year, our Latino and Latina Roundtable has been able to fund an office and a full-time director.  However, as in the past, the work of our organization is primarily led by community volunteer organizers who ask for nothing in return but the forward progress of our leadership-building efforts through our immigrant rights, community development, and education committees.  In keeping with our grass-roots organizing character, we continue to keep the cost at a minimum to ensure that the tradition is in keeping with the celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez and the many leaders, from all backgrounds, who have historically given of their lives to ensure a future with justice and equity. In keeping with the tradition of honoring individuals in our region who exemplify these principles and values, this year the Roundtable is honoring:  Sylvia Carranza (Community Organizer at UFCW Local 1428); Eddie Gonzalez (Community Organizer at SEIU Local 2015 and former organizer with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center); Tim Sandoval (Mayor of the City of Pomona); and James Sanbrano (a community-based Lawyer receiving the Community Star Award for his consistent efforts in defending the human and civil rights of our communities).   In addition, Social Justice Scholarships will be presented to students from the region who exemplify the values of connecting their studies to community engagement and social change.  You can RSVP by Mail or Online (by clicking either link on the announcement below). 

Jose Calderon

President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

Join us in honoring leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to service and values highlighted by César E. Chávez. 

Honoring:

Eddie Gonzalez
Community Organizer at SEIU Local 2015

Sylvia Carranza
Community Organizer at UFCW Local 1428

Tim Sandoval
Mayor of Pomona

Community Star Award-
James Sanbrano
Attorney at Law

Social Justice Scholarship Recipients

March
29
The Program:
7:00 a.m.- Registration
8:00 a.m.- Seating
8:15 a.m.- Event ProgramLocation:
Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center,
601 W McKinley Ave.,
Pomona, CA 91768
*Use Gate 3 to Enter
RSVP by Mail
RSVP Online
Facebook
Website
Email
Questions?
Phone: (909) 480-6267     

Invitation to Film on Ruben Blades

This is to let friends know about a documentary film on the life of legendary immigrant, lawyer, organizer, musician, and songwriter Ruben Blades that will be showing only one evening at the Laemmle theatre in Claremont this Monday,  Feb. 18 at 7 pm.  Please invite others who might be interested or who might know who he is.  A number of us, as activists, have been moved by his social change music that has continued unabated from the ’70’s to the present.  Here is the link:  https://allevents.in/montclair/ruben-blades-is-not-my-name-at-claremont-5/20007824810760

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

 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu

Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

Invitation to LRT Retreat This Saturday and Agenda

ATTACHED IS THE AGENDA FOR THE LATINO AND LATINA ROUNDTABLE MEMBERSHIP RETREAT THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 AT THE SOLIDARITY CENTER (1460 E. HOLT AVE. ROOM 6 IN POMONA).  PLEASE INVITE OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR ORGANIZATION.

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

IMPORTANT: Invitation to Latino and Latina Roundtable Membership Retreat this Saturday 9 AM at Solidarity Center

THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO THE ANNUAL LATINO AND LATINA ROUNDTABLE MEMBERSHIP RETREAT THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 AT THE SOLIDARITY CENTER (1460 E. HOLT AVE. ROOM 6 IN POMONA).  THE MEMBERSHIP RETREAT WILL BEGIN WITH “CAFECITO’ AT 9 AM — A REVIEW OF THE AGENDA AT 9:15 AM, THE WELCOME AT 9: 20 AM.  THE MORNING AGENDA WILL INCLUDE A DISCUSSION ON THE MISSION AND VISION OF LRT, A REVIEW OF THE PROGRAM PRIORITIES (AS TO WHAT WORKED AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED), – WITH A LUNCH AT NOON FOR ALL THE MEMBERS — AND IN THE AFTERNOON:  A GENDERAL DISCUSSION OF 2019 PRIORITIES, DISCUSSION ON LRT ADMINISTRATION, THE CESAR CHAVEZ BREAKFAST AND HONOREES, AND A REVIEW OF THE 2019 CALENDAR.  PLEASE INVITE OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR ORGANIZATION.

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

Invitation to Forum on Ethnic Studies on January 31 at 6:30 PM at PUSD Education Center Boardroom

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

Invitation to LRT Forum on Guatemala and Forum on Ethnic Studies

The Latino and Latina Roundtable cordially invites you to two forums that it is sponsoring:

LRT Immigration Rights Committee Event: Por Que Guatemala?

January 26, 2019 @2:OOPM- 4:00PM

Location: Solidarity Center (1460 E. Holt Ave.

In Pomona (Entrance #3 – Classroom 6

Ethnic Studies forum

January 31, 2019 @6:30PM

Location: Pomona Unified

School Board

800 S. Garey Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-6101
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 952-1640

 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu

Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

Message to LLRT

My birthday is just around the corner on January 8th and, in lieu of gifts or cards for my birthday,  I would like to ask friends and allies to give the gift of becoming a member (or to renew your membership) of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley.  This would be the highest gift of respect that you could give for all our work that we carry out daily in the interests of our communities. The application is attached with this request. The membership dues for one year are $25.00 for individuals and $10.00 for students, retirees, and low income individuals.  Your dues help to sustain our organizing and advocacy efforts.  As you know, our organization has always been a volunteer organization that is primarily sustained through membership dues and a yearly fundraiser.  Only until recently, have we rented an office and hired an executive director which brings forward new fundraising challenges. All the work of our community development, cultural, college for all, immigrant rights, annual breakfast, and scholarship committees are carried out by community-based organizers who have committed their lives to ensure justice and equity for our communities. We are continually motivated through our practice of an “abundance mentality” where we continue to see the outcomes of our efforts in training and developing new leaders through our organization.   In supporting our organization through your membership, you are helping to sustain the inspiration and efforts of our members  in organizing an annual Cesar Chavez breakfast and Pilgrimage march that provide scholarships and honor community-based leaders in our region; in sustaining the beauty of our culture through Dia de Los Muertos and “mural/sacred space” preservation in places like Cesar Chavez Park; in advancing our collaboration with area schools and colleges through the College4All Coalition in implementing a school-to-college pipeline; in implementing educational forums and workshops through a Roundtable Academy on key issues facing our communities; in carrying out voter, ballot, driver’s license, health for all, immigrant rights initiatives; in advancing our efforts to support workers and unions in our region; and in ensuring our ongoing participation in numerous coalitions on social justice and quality of life issues.  If you have questions or need me to send you the application by email, please contact me at Jose_Calderon@Pitzer.edu

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
 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu
Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

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nvitation to Family and Holiday Get-Together at Cesar Chavez Park on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 12 noon

You are invited to a family and holiday get-together pot-luck sponsored by the Latino and Latina Roundtable and Mt. SAC Mecha this Sunday, December 16 at 12 noon at Cesar Chavez Park (2720 Barjud Ave. in Pomona).  This get-together pot-luck is part of ongoing efforts by the two organizations in  “adopting” the maintenance of the park, preserving the murals there, and promoting activities bringing our communities together.  This is a pot-luck and we ask you to bring something (food or drink or both) to share.

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

Reminder of your Invitation to Forum on Educational Justice Movement on Nov. 27th, 6:30 PM, in PUSD Education Center Board Room

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.

Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable
College for all Coalition
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