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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
@ESArrillaga

LRT board solidarity statement on the unjust killing of George Floyd

Solidarity Statement of the Latino and Latina Roundtable Board on the Unjust Killing of George Floyd.

The Latino and Latina Roundtable stands in solidarity with all those who are outraged with the brutal murder of George Floyd and the many others in our communities who have unjustly lost their lives to police brutality. 

We stand with Black Lives Matter and our African American communities in our common fight for equality and multi-racial solidarity against systemic racism and white supremacy.  We have a common struggle in opposing the school to prison pipeline, unjust detention centers, voter suppression, and acts of genocide that are seeking to keep our communities from using their growing political power. We stand against the normalization of police brutality, violence, and the use of the military by a President of the United States who, rather than coming out against the conditions which have created the mass of protests throughout the country, insists on promoting more violence and division.  The disproportionate numbers from our Black and Latino communities who have died from COVID-19 has further exposed the economic and racial inequalities that have historically existed in our communities.  In this context, the responses to the killing of Floyd have not just been about his unjust murder but are the result of years of racial and economic disparities.  As Darnell Hunt, Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA proposes from his years of research: “The George Floyd case was not the cause … the police killings are the symptoms … the underlying cause is white supremacy, racism, and things the U. S. has not fundamentally dealt with.”

In this light, we stand against the divisions being created by this administration in scapegoating everyone from our Asian American communities to undocumented immigrants and refugees for his failures.  We commit ourselves to build multi-racial unity and to turn around the sources of these disparities around through advancing transformative policies that are in the interests of providing a quality of life for all and not just profit for a few. 

We stand with the protestors who are calling to turn these conditions around and who are committed to remember the spirit of Floyd by fighting for justice, not only for his family, but for future generations.  We stand with Darnella Frazier, the 17-year old who courageously documented the murder of George Floyd.  We stand with the families and communities who have faced the loss of life of family members and friends.  And we commit to join in helping to build a nation where Black Lives Matter. 

In Solidarity,

 

Jose Calderon, President

On behalf of the Board of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley

Congratulations to LRT member Melanie Andreo – 2020 Pitzer Student Leadership Award

Congratulations to Melanie Andreo for receiving a Pitzer College Student Leadership Award. Melanie Andreo, now a second-year student at Pitzer College, first got involved with the Latino and Latina Roundtable during her first year at Garey High School and has been organizing ever since.  In addition to helping organize the annual Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage march and festival, Melanie has helped in clean-up projects at Pomona’s Cesar Chavez Park.  At Pitzer College, she has been an exemplary leader in connecting her studies and learning to community engagement by being part of the Rural and Urban Social Movements class and helping to  organize an annual Alternative Spring Break where students carry out service-learning projects with the United Farmworkers Union in the San Joaquin Valley. Melanie has served as an intern with the Latino and Latina Roundtable and the College for all Coalition in helping to advance college readiness plans and in traveling to Sacramento and testifying in support of educational legislative bills for low-income, foster youth, and English learners.


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 and agenda for: LRT Roundtable discussion – Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM

This is your reminder, agenda, and purpose of the LRT Roundtable Academy zoom discussion this Tuesday, May 26th at 7 PM.  Please remember that one-to-one contact from our work is most important and urge that you invite LRT members and potential members for this first of many more “discussions” in the near future.  This first “discussion,” as part of our ongoing efforts to develop a strategic plan, will include short summaries on how we see the adjustments to our work under the conditions that we are facing in this time of the coronavirus crisis  and plans for future discussion sessions.  The discussion on May 26th will include presentations (5-7 minutes) by:  Madeline Rios and Angela Sanbrano on immigrant rights; Fabian Pavon and Jose Calderon on Ethnic Studies and College for All; and John Nolte on the New Economy.  After the presentations, we will have an open discussion on the issues raised and future dates when we will deepen the issues in each area (with the outlook of gaining clarity on LRT positions and develop “working position papers” regarding these issues).  

Agenda:

  1. Introduction – (Angela Sanbrano on purpose of Roundtable Academy discussions) – 5 minutes
  2. Immigrant Rights – Angela Sanbrano and Madeline Rios  – (5 – 7 minutes)
  3. Education – Fabian Pavon and Jose Calderon (5-7 minutes)
  4. New Economy – John Nolte (5-7minutes)
  5. Open discussion
  6.  The schedule for future discussion meetings:  Tuesday, June 30th (devoted to immigrant rights: DACA and importance of relief programs in this time of crisis); Tuesday July 28th,  on Education (devoted to Ethnic Studies, College for All legislation priorities, and the issue of opening up public schools and colleges);  Tuesday, August 25th on the new Economy (economic recovery proposals, opportunities for changing the status quo, and models for local implementation).
  7. Summary
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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
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Invitation to LRT Roundtable Academy Discussion Forum – May 26 – (7-9 PM)

This is your invitation to a Zoom online Roundtable Academy discussion on key issues that the Latino and Latina Roundtable is involved with (immigrant rights, education, and new economy) on Tuesday, May 26th from 7 – 9 PM – the zoom link is below and here:  https://pitzer.zoom.us/j/95977434289.  In its recent meetings, the LRT board has agreed that a forum is needed where members of the organization can have discussions and develop positions on key issues that the organization is working on.  Both board and membership meetings do not allow for the time that is needed to deepen the analysis on key issues.  Hence, this first “discussion” will include short summaries on the conditions that we are facing in this time of the coronavirus crisis, the issues that we are confronting, and plans for future discussion sessions.  The discussion on May 26th will include short presentations by Madeline Rios and Angela Sanbrano on immigrant rights; Fabian Pavon and Jose Calderon on Ethnic Studies and College for All; and John Nolte on the New Economy.  After the presentations, we will have an open discussion on the issues raised and future dates when we will deepen the issues in each area (with the outlook of gaining clarity on LRT positions regarding these issues). 

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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

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Pedraza Vive Memorial: Zoom Link May 8, 2020

Zoom program memorial for Fernando Pedraza on May 8 from 10 am – 12 noon.  Connect at: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdIFet7HMo

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
PROGRAM
Espero que se encuentren bien. Para mañana, este es el orden del programa,  Los tiempos son aproximaciones. Hay 5 minutos programados entre los segmentos por si se pasan de tiempo o para poner una cancion. La idea es que se unan cuando les toque su segmento al zoom y luego se pueden quedar o salir de la llamada.
No tengo el email de Francisco so si alguien le puede mandar la informacion de lo agradeceria.

 

10:00 am – 10:05 AM: Abrir el Programa (Fernando y Hija Pedraza)

  • Enfatizar el propósito de este dia y honrar el legado de Fernando Pedraza

 

10:10 – 10:30

Contexto de la esquina y historia de Jose Fernando Pedraza: José Calderón y Pablo Alvarado

 

10:35 – 10:50

Poema de Luis y Canción de Francisco

 

10:55 – 11:10

Protecciones de Jornalerxs en Tiempo de COVID-19 (DALE)

Cal Soto y Loyda Alvarado

11:15 – 11:20 am

Census 2020: Karen Kandamby

 

11:20 – 11:30 am

Derechos de Vivienda: Benjamin Wood

 

11:35 – 11:50 am

 Preguntas y Entrevistas de Trabajadores

 

11:55 – 12 pm

Cierre

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Topic: Pedraza Vive: May 8, 2020

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Por favor avisenme si tienen cualquier pregunta o duda,
Daniela

Daniela Alvarenga 

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
 Workers’ Organizer | She/her/hers/ella 
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This is Giving Tuesday and we request your support for the Latino and Latina Roundtable

Friends of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. Please consider supporting the Latino and Latina Roundtable on this Giving Tuesday. This is a global campaign to assist nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you probably know, because of the coronavirus crisis, our organization has postponed our annual fundraiser until September 25 and because of that, we have been directly impacted. Our organization has historically been a volunteer organization that has relied on this one fundraiser to fund our efforts, which include advocacy, community events, and scholarships for local students. More recently, our board has moved to develop a strategic plan to ensure the sustainability of our organization on a long-term basis. As part of that plan, we have established an office, hired a director, and are looking at other means of support to fund our efforts. It is in this context that we ask you to donate to the Latino and Latina Roundtable as part of #GivingTuesdayNow – May 5th – a day that has been designated a day of giving to local nonprofit organizations’

We understand that times might be difficult and many might not be able to make a financial contribution. If you cannot donate today, we understand, however please repost or share with your networks. If you have a birthday coming up, please ask your friends to make a gift in your honor. So far we are at 10% of our goal of $1,500.00.

We cannot do what we do without your support. Our work and advocacy continues, and it will long after this period is over, thanks to you! 

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/latino-and-latina-roundtable-covid-19/latinoandlatinaroundtableofthesangabrielandpomonavalleylatinoandlatinaroundtable

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Lina Mina, Director and Jose Calderon, President of the board, and the LRT Board

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To LRT Members: Pomona Education Coalition: Ethnic Studies Webinar

Join the Pomona Education Coalition, of which the Latino and Latina Roundtable is a member, on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm for an Ethnic Studies Webinar.
Dr. Armando Vazquez-Ramos will be presenting the Ethnic Studies Models at Long Beach and El Ranco Unified School Districts. This is the first of a series of webinars that will help us gather information for an ideal Ethnic Studies model for Pomona Unified School District.
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
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Timottazceh (nos vemos/we’ll see each other),
Fabián Pavón
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Latinx Roundtable of Pomona and San Gabriel Valley
(909) 236-6814

To LRT Members: Support Pedraza Memorial on May 8 with a sign and your donation

To:  Latino and Latina Roundtable members:
 
Please support our day laborers in memory of Fernando Pedraza on May 8.  Please put a sign on your car that reads: Latino/a Roundtable Supports Pedraza Memorial and drop off your donation.
 

Dear Beloved Community,

To celebrate the legacy of Fernando Pedraza in accordance with CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines, we are hosting a Stop, Drop, and Drive Supply Bank. Per request of our Rancho Cucamonga day laborers, we aim to reach two hundred families with supply care bags. PEOC staff will be at the ARROW AND GROVE, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, 91730  corner on MAY 8 collecting donations from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. We hope you STOP by, DROP off a donation, and DRIVE away knowing you joined us in honoring Fernando Pedraza’s giving spirit by providing a care bag donation for our beloved community.


Care bags can include non-perishable food items such as dried goods, beans, pastas, canned food, vegetables, fruits, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. 

 

If you can’t STOP, DROP, AND DRIVE you can make a donation at: 

 

Stay tuned for more information on virtual programming for the day!

For questions or concerns, please contact: (818) 631 – 5712 or peoc.staff@pomonadaylabor.org 

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De acuerdo con las pautas de seguridad de COVID-19, nuestro memorial anual de Fernanda Pedraza será este año. Por solicitud de los trabajadores de Rancho Cucamonga, estamos honrando la vida de Fernando Pedraza y su espíritu de retribución al organizar un banco de alimentos Stop, Drop y Drive. Nuestro objetivo es recolectar 200 canastas de alimentos para la comunidad de jornaleros.

Para celebrar el legado de Fernando Pedraza de acuerdo con las pautas de seguridad de CDC COVID-19, estamos organizando un Banco de suministro de parada, caída y manejo. Por solicitud de nuestros jornaleros de Rancho Cucamonga, nuestro objetivo es llegar a doscientas familias con bolsas de suministros. El personal de PEOC estará en ARROW AND GROVE, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, esquina 91730 el 8 de MAYO, recolectando donaciones de 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Esperamos que PARE su carro, DEJE su bolsa de apoyo, y MANEJE sabiendo que se unió a nosotros para honrar el espíritu de donación de Fernando Pedraza al proporcionar una donación de bolsa de atención para nuestra querida comunidad.

Las bolsas de cuidado pueden incluir alimentos no perecederos, como productos secos, frijoles, pastas, alimentos enlatados, verduras, frutas, productos de limpieza y productos de higiene.

¡Estén atentos para más información sobre programación virtual para el día!

Si no pueden PARAR, DEJAR, Y MANEJAR pueden hacer una donación https://pomonadaylabor.org/donate/


Para preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese con: (818) 631 – 5712 o peoc.staff@pomonadaylabor.org

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