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Invitation to LRT for forum on charter schools and Poor People’s March

To Latino and Latina Roundtable members and Friends:  This is your
Invitation to a forum on Charter Schools VS Public Schools this Wednesday, June 19 and to be part of an LRT contingent at the Poor People’s March and Rally on Saturday, June 22nd

Poor People Campaign Pomona Style 

                              40 Days of Community Call To Action
                            1460 East Holt Ave. Entrance 2 Room 6
                Week Six – Next Wednesday- June 19, at 7pm-8:30pm
                             Topic: Charter Schools v Public Schools
                                                Panel Discussion
              Panelist: Dr. Roberta Perlman, PUSD School Board Member
                              Ion Puschila, PUSD High School Teacher
                              Kathryn Kirui, Retired Special Ed. Teacher
                              Professor Jose Calderon, Pitzer College
TWO EVENTS. Refreshments: Call for more details: 909-764-7833
                                                    Jeanette EllisRoyston
We will march around one square block.  Begin Garey and 7th St. to Park Ave. to Mission Blvd, back 7 St. and Garey, Approx. 45 minutes. 
Fun for the kids and adults. Media attention is expected. Thank you.

Invitation: June 15 College for All Workshop on Top Education bills the College for All Coalition is supporting

This is to let members of the Latino and Latina Roundtable know that the College for All will be holding a training on key educational bills (see below) this Saturday, June 15 from 10 A. M. – 2 PM at the the Solidarity Center at the Village (1460 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona — Entrance #3 – Room 6).  Although representatives from LRT have been chosen to go to Sacramento on June 19th and 20th, we are inviting LRT members who might be interested in the training.  If you are interested, please respond to this e-mail and let me know that you will be attending so that we are sure to have enough food for everyone at lunch time.  We will have the NAACP representatives and some representatives from Coachella who will join us.

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

2019 Legislative Priorities

– Top 8 Bills: Recommendations from Legislative Subcommittee

Equity in Education: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
Jackson SB
493 would ensure that institutions of higher education (IHEs) have adequate processes in place to prevent and appropriately respond to sexual harassment, violence, and assault.
for All Act
Reyes AB
1012 makes critical investments in bilingual education, beginning in early childhood and continuing through high school graduation
instruction: high school graduation requirements: financial aid applications.
Reyes would
require all 12th grade students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance or the California Dream Act Application to graduate from high school
credential: teacher recruitment: Golden State Teacher Grant Program
create the Golden State Teacher Incentive Grant program to encourage credential candidates to teach in a shortage area.
of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance.
and Glazer
establish the Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance.
education: Higher Education Performance and Accountability Commission
and Eggman
bill would authorize the office commission to require the governing boards and institutions of public postsecondary education to submit data to the office commission on plans and programs, costs, selection and retention of students, enrollments, plant capacities,
and other matters pertinent to effective planning, policy development, and articulation and coordination.
education: student financial aid: Cal Grant B Service Incentive Grant Program
Limon creates
a “service-incentive grant” program that allows AB 540/undocumented students to complete a set number of community/campus services hours per quarter or semester in order to receive a financial aid grant.
support services: Dreamer Resource Liaisons
and Reyes
that each California college and university designate a Dreamer Resource Liaison on campus that is knowledgeable about the resources and programs available to support undocumented students.
Suspensions for Minor Incidents
Skinner This
bill with eliminate defiance/disruption suspensions for students in grades 4-8, and eliminate defiance/disruption suspensions for students in grades 9-12 until January 1, 2025.
Pupil instruction:
high school graduation requirements: ethnic studies.
Bloom, Bonta, Gonzalez, Ramos, and Weber
This bill
would expressly include pupils enrolled in a charter school, as being subject to the high school graduation requirements. The bill would add the completion of a one-semester course in ethnic studies based on the model curriculum in ethnic studies developed
by the Instructional Quality Commission, to the high school graduation requirements commencing with the 2024–25 school year. The bill would authorize local educational agencies, including charter schools, to require a full-year course in ethnic studies at
their discretion, as specified.

Invitation to LRT membership meeting on June 8 at 1 PM at the Solidarity Center in Pomona

You are invited to the next membership meeting of the Latino and Latina Roundtable meeting on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 1 PM at the Solidarity Center at the Village (1460 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona — Entrance #3 – Classroom 6).   The meeting will include: reports on educational visits to legislators as part of immigrant right advocacy day;  upcoming College for All “legislative education” training on  on June 15 and visits in Sacramento on June 20th;  community development (rent control, cannabis district, and sidewalk vendor status), future forums (New Economy, Curriculum, and Leadership Development), and immigrant rights issues.  The meeting will also include the status of the LRT office, proposals for future staffing development, and our role (including having an LRT contingent) in the upcoming Poor People’s March and Rally in Pomona on Saturday, June 20th.


Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley

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

Invitation to Honoring of Angela Sanbrano with 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award this Saturday

To Latino and Latina Roundtable Members and Friends: Please join us at a public gathering in support of Angela Sanbrano as she is honored with the Pitzer College 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award at 5:15 PM at Benson Auditorium on the Pitzer Campus (1050 N. Mills Ave.) in Claremont

Angela Sanbrano ’75: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Pitzer’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate who boldly puts the spirit of a Pitzer education into action and demonstrates a commitment to making meaningful changes in their community.

Angela Sanbrano ’75, 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree

Angela Sanbrano is an acclaimed activist and community organizer who has led some of the nation’s most prominent immigrant- and refugee-rights groups, including the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and the Central American Resource Center-LA (CARECEN). Sanbrano now serves as co-executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

“Pitzer’s Alumni Board selected Angela for her unwavering support of the Latinx community throughout her career and for advancing immigrant rights while leading the next generation of social justice trailblazers,” Campos said.

Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, TX, Sanbrano majored in psychology at Pitzer. She began community organizing in the ’70s, advocating bilingual education and housing rights in Los Angeles. In 1983, Sanbrano earned a law degree at the Peoples College of Law in LA, where she met Salvadoran refugees fleeing their country’s civil war. Two years later, she became executive director of CISPES, a national grassroots organization that supports social and economic justice in El Salvador and opposes US intervention in the Central American country. She served as an official witness of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, which ended the 12-year civil war in El Salvador in 1992.

Sanbrano took the helm of CARECEN, the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the US, in the mid-1990s, leading the organization as its executive director until 2007. During that time, she helped organize the massive 2006 immigrant rights march in LA that drew more than one million people to the streets, according to organizers’ estimates.

In addition to her work with CISPES and CARECEN, Sanbrano was president of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, now called Alianza Americas, when it won a 2010 MacArthur “Genius” Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. Last fall, Sanbrano witnessed the canonization of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero at the Vatican in Rome, where she spoke to Pope Francis about the plight of Salvadorans and children who are facing deportation from the US.

She is also the co-chair of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valley and chair of CARECEN’s Board of Directors. Now president emerita of Alianza Americas, Sanbrano has also sat on the boards of many other organizations, including the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, National Council of La Raza, now called UNIDOSUS, and the National Immigration Forum.

Reflecting on her many accomplishments, Sanbrano calls her Pitzer education “a turning point in my life.”

“As a first-generation immigrant and the first member of my family to go to college, it was important to find a supportive educational environment,” Sanbrano said. “I found that and more at Pitzer. The educational environment, interdisciplinary academic program, community engagement approach and a culturally diverse student body broadened my understanding of my own identity and deepened my commitment to building a more just and humane world with racial and economic equity.”


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

Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage Pot-luck is on April 12 and Pilgrimage on April 13

Your Invitation for Friday, April 12 and Saturday,  April 13:

The Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage Committee, comprised of a coalition of local leaders, parents, students, teachers, and community groups, invites
you on Friday February 12 (from 4 pm – 7 pm to be part of a pot-luck ceremony  to remember past organizers and to make flags and posters for the annual Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage march at Cesar Chavez Park (2720 Barjud Ave. in Pomona).  Please bring a dish and drink to share.


For Saturday, April 13, we invite you to be part of the Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage march beginning at 9:30 A. M., under the theme “Opportunity through Unity, Migration Makes this Nation” from the Pomona School District Education Center  (800 S. Garey Ave.) to Garey High School (321 W. Lexington Ave., Pomona, Ca).  The annual community pilgrimage march and festival focuses each year on key issues affecting our diverse communities and uses all the proceeds from the event to present scholarships. This year’s march and festival focuses on the contributions that our immigrant and refugee families have contributed and continue to contribute to our economy, education, faith, culture, and history.  This year’s Cesar Chavez Social Justice scholarship recipients, who represent the values of using their lives in connecting their learning to community engagement and service are: Melissa Soria, Marilyn Lucas, Cristian Jimenez, Evelyn Casa, and Diana Valencia.

Andres Chavez, grandson of Cesar Chavez and with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, will be one of the speakers and help lead the march and festival.  The march, beginning with a ceremony at 9:30 A. M. in front of the PUSD Administrative Offices, will include elder leaders from the community including Superintendent Richard Martinez, Civil Rights and past farmworker organizer Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Reverend Jan Chase, Bishop Herbert Wilkins, and Ohlone Tribal Leader Dee Dee Manzaneres who will honor a 300-year old tree, symbolizing respect for our elders and the sacredness of the environment. After, a pilgrimage walk, led by Danza Grupo Toyaacan, will make its way to Garey High School where Garey High School Principal Marco A. Sanchez, Service Learning Coordinator Paul Knopf, Community Schools coordinator Melissa Ayala, and Cesar Chavez Foundation leader Andres Chavez will present scholarships and lead the planting of a small tree representing the sacredness of our quality of life and our young people. The entertainment will include the Son Real Band, Danza Azteca Toyaacan, Ballet Folklorico Jalisco No Te Rajes, Le Chic Filipino Dance Group, Spoken Word artists Fabian Pavon and Alex Xipecoatl Juarez.   Food will be made by the parents with all the proceeds going to student scholarships.  This year, a special recognition will be made by the Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage Committee and the City of Pomona to the parents for their years of service to this event.


Sponsors include:

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; Cal Poly Pomona Cesar Chavez Center; CLEAR; dA Center for the Arts; Garey High School; Latino & Latina Roundtable; Latino Student Union; LUSA-Citrus College; MEChA (UPV: Cal Poly, Ganesha High School, Garey High School, Mount SAC, Pomona High School); Mt. SAC IDEAS; NAACP Pomona Valley Branch; Office of State Senator Connie Leyve, Pitzer Center for Community Engagement; Pitzer Encuentros; Pomona City Council; Pomona College Student Union; Pomona Community Schools; Pomona Economic Opportunity Center; Pomona Student Union; Pomona Unified School District; Pomona United for Stable Housing; PUSD Parents; Teamsters Local 1932, UFCW-1428; University of La Verne Civic and & Engagement Center; Urban Based Action Network

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

Mayor Tim Sandoval Lauds Work of LRT, NAACP, and College for All in State of City Address

Mayor Tim Sandoval, at his Pomona State of the City address, in describing numerous examples of the  bold and innovative leadership to shape the city – “commended such organizations as the NAACP and Latino/Latina Roundtable, whose members “continue to advocate for the state’s most vulnerable students to have access and support at our public universities in an effort called ‘College for All.’”  We thank Mayor Tim Sandoval and we commit to, as he said in his presentation, “working together to solve problems, and imagining and planning for the future.”  This is the link to the article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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

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. 


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

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
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:

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