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The Age of Trump and the Rise of Authoritarianism

The Age of Trump and the Rise of Authoritarianism

I like the title of this conference, flirting with Fascism, because what is happening in this country right now – has some vestiges of fascism – although this is not a settled question.  We still have democratic forms and some democratic rights – that we must use to advance a more just and democratic society.  However, what are some of these vestiges?

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Save the Date: Latino/a Roundtable Cesar Chavez Fundrasing Breakfast

Coming soon the LRT Cesar Chavez Fund Rasing Breakfast Continue reading

La Opinion Artículo: En el Ayuntamiento de Pomona se habla español

Articulo Por Alejandro Cano en La Opinion:  EEn el Ayuntamiento de Pomona se habla español

Los cuatro nuevos líderes se comprometieron también a continuar apoyando a la comunidad indocumentada y a bloquear cualquier acción del Presidente electo Donald Trump hasta donde la ley se lo permita. ….. Para activistas como Melissa Ayala y José Calderón, el nuevo Concejo representa un cambio importante en la trayectoria de la ciudad.  Debido a que los nuevos líderes crecieron en barrios humildes de Pomona, los activistas están seguros que entienden las necesidades y saben cómo resolver problemas para lograr el éxito. 

Según datos del censo, en Pomona el 70 por ciento de la población es de origen latino, el 10 por ciento afroamericano y el 7 por ciento asiático.  Para Calderón, tener un Concejo totalmente latino no significa que habrá representación total, pero sí la oportunidad para un mayor acercamiento con el pueblo.

“Es nuestro trabajo ahora asegurarnos que trabajen para lograr mejores empleos, mejor calidad de vida, mejor cuidado de salud, mejor educación, mejor medio ambiente y un mejor desarrollo social”, dijo Calderón.

http://laopinion.com/2016/12/16/en-el-ayuntamiento-de-pomona-se-habla-espanol/

 

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

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EN CENTRO DE LABOR: ACORDANDO JORNALEROS

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EN CENTRO DE LABOR: ACORDANDO JORNALEROS

NOVIEMBRE 2, 2016 –
POR JOSE ZAPATA CALDERON

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Me acuerdo de Gerardo, David, Don Luis –

Y todo los obstaculos que confrontaron —

El dolor que tenian en sus ultimos dias –

y verdaderamente –

Yo, como ustededs, no sabia que hacer.

Pero siempre – habia un sentimiento de

Sobrevivir todos obstaculos para hallar

Un espacio de unidad en este centro –

Que para todos de nosotros a venido a

Ser nuestro domicilio – nuestro santuario.

Gerardo, david, Don Luis apresiaban este centro con todo

Sus corazones – y lucharon por este centro

En las oficinas del concilio – En las juntas para asegurar

Que no lo cerraran.

En un tiempo – Gerardo, David, y Don Luis – eran parte de las juntas

De trabajadores – participaban con los estudiantes en los Encuentros

Y eran parte de varios proyectos con los estudiantes.

Me acuerdo que ellos se llenaba con tanta alegria cuando

Participaban con los proyectos de los estudiantes.

Ellos eran quienes somos – personas luchando para mejorar la vida –

Mientras que la ferocidad de la economia nos ataca en modos

Que ultimamente afecta nuestra salud.

Todo lo que tenemos – es uno a otros – y muchas veces

Yo se que este centro es mas que un espacio para buscar

Trabajo – Para Gerardo, David, Don Luis y muchos otros – a sido – amistad,

A sido un abrazo – a sido una fiesta cuando no hubiera navidad

O dia de gracia – a sido – y es lo que quiere decir familia.

Me duele mucho que no pude hacer mas para estos amigos –

Y a veces nos perdemos en tantas otras problemas – que nuestros

Amigos nos pasan – y a veces estamos ciegos –

Pero en lo ultimo – hacemos lo que podemos para sobrevivir –

Y nos acordamos unos a otros.

El acuerdo de Gerardo, David, Don Luis esta aqui en el centro – que continua

A sobrevivir por lo que contribuimos – y por lo que todos ustedes

Han contribuido y continuan a contribuir.

Yo se que Gerardo, david, y Don Luis quisieran que los acordaramos como los estamos

Acrodando hoy – Y yo se que ellos quisieran que los acordaramos en

Continuar la lucha – para que otros no tengan que sufrir –

Y para que el inmigrante que a dado tanto de su sudor para esta nacion

Pueda algun dia recibir la justicia y igualdad que merece.

Nos acordamos de Gerardo, david, y Don Luis hoy – y nos cometemos a continuar

Lo que este es este espacio – un santuario – un abrazo – una amistad

Un Esfuerzo para el futuro – y mas de todo – una familia.

Gerardo, David, y Don Luis y todos Jornaleros que viven en nuestras memorias – hoy y siempre – somos tu Familia.

 

Invitation to Forum on Ballot Initiatives

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

NAACP of the Pomona Valley

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center

League of Women Voters 

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Supreme Court Justices Are Not Neutral

The reality is – and we know it – that Supreme Court Justices are not neutral – and their political allegiances align with who has appointed them. They interpret the law much like how we can use statistics – to bolster particular positions – under the guise of objectivity and neutrality. Another reason, although difficult to decipher by some, why the outcome of the next election is so important.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/ruth-bader-ginsburg-donald-trump-supreme-court-politics-history-214044?cmpid=sf

Hilda Solis Field Office Grand Opening Clelebration this Saturday

This is your reminder that the Latino and Latina Roundtable will have a table at the Hilda Solis opening this Saturday.  We will distribute our brochure, voter registration information, membership applications, etc..  Melissa, Maura, I, and Claudia have agreed to be there to set-up the table at 8:30.  The opening ceremony starts at 10 A. M. and we urge our Latino and Latina Roundtable members to participate.  We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

East San Gabriel Valley Field Office

Grand Opening Ceremony & Community Resource Fair

 

EXHIBITOR CONFIRMATION

 

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

2245 N. Garey Avenue

Pomona, CA 91767

                           Arrival and Set-up          8:30 am – 9:30am

Parking is open and on a first come first serve basis

Tables will be assigned – Please check in at 2245 N. Garey

One table and two chairs under a canopy will be provided

                                                                       

                        Opening Ceremony          10:00am

Booths will be closed during ceremony and exhibitors asked to sit in audience                           

                           Resource Fair          11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Free lunch will be provided

Jose Zapata Calderon

Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

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PUSD School Board Supports SB-1050 and Community Schools

Latino and Latina Roundtable, NAACP, and other supporters Get a Supportive Vote on 2 Resolutions from PUSD School Board

“SB-1050”

The Community Development Committee of the Latino and Latina Roundtable has been meeting for quite some time with involvement from parents and some staff from the school district, students from colleges in the region, local government representatives, and members from community-based organizations – in being part of – and supporting the efforts of the College for All Coalition, a statewide coalition of over 50 organizations and labor unions that are committed to reinvesting in public higher education and increasing equity and inclusion.  As a condition of the UC receiving funding from the legislature to increase enrollment slots from the 2015-2016 baseline, UC must develop a plan for increasing the admission of California resident students and LCFF plus students (students who attend high schools that have a 75% – or greater – student enrollment of low-income, English learners and foster youth) of which the Pomona Unified has three high schools that are LCFF plus (Ganesha, Pomona, and Garey) with a total student enrollment of 4,371 students and with a diversity of students (90% Latino; 5% African American; 3% Asian American; 1% Filipino; and 1% White.

After presentations from members of the Latino and Latina Roundtable, the NAACP, and the College for All Coalition, the Pomona School Board voted in support of a bill SB 1050, Senator Kevin de Leon’s college readiness bill, to 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.

“Community Schools”

After the Latino and Latina Roundtable, NAACP, and other supporters spoke in support of a resolution on the implementation of the concept of “community schools,” the Pomona Unified School Board  voted its support unanimously.There are 51. Million children enrolled in approximately 5,000 community schools in the United States.  They are developed t with the same objective of addressing inequities at both the school and community levels. Some of the aspects that community schools share in their strategic plans include: 1) culturally relevant and engaging curricula; 2) an emphasis on high-quality teaching, not high-stakes testing; 3) wraparound supports, such as health care and social and emotional services; 4) positive discipline practices, such as restorative justice; 5) parent and community engagement; and 6) inclusive school leadership committed to making the transformational community school strategy integral to the school’s mandate and functioning.  Community schools develop   strategic partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, universities, hospitals, and other community-based organizations.

Reminder: Meeting of the Latino and Latina Roundtable this Saturday, June 11th from 1 -3 PM at the Pitzer College Broad Center Room 208 (1050 N. Mills ave.) in Claremont.  We will discuss the implementation of plans regarding LRT website and newsletter, immigrant rights, voter registration, candidate and initiative forums, support of community schools concept, pipeline legislation to higher education, park restoration and murals, our ongoing collaboration with coalition efforts, and other new business.

 

Jose Zapata Calderon

President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

8-week paind summer organizing internship for students

From Joseph Silva and Crystal Flores:

UNITE-HERE LOCAL 11 has this 8 week paid summer internship for students interested in worker organizing. Below is the link to our online application.

http://jobs.unitehere.org/job/4043