Category Archives: film

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


No Human Being is Illegal Reception – Sept. 14, 1230-2pm

Please save the date and join us at the reception in celebration of the exhibition, No Human Being is Illegal: Posters on the Myths & Realities of the Immigrant Experience on Wednesday, September 14, 1230-2pm at the Wignall Museum. This is the first time we’ve been able to hold our exhibition reception during college hour, so we hope you can stop by, view the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments and music from dj trickmilla!  This event is free and open to all, so feel free to bring a colleague, students, etc. Stay for 5 minutes or as long as you’d like!

The exhibition features more than 70 current and historic posters exploring immigration and the political poster. Organized by the LA-non-profit Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the exhibition connects to various disciplines of study including Sociology, History, Political Science, Art, Art History, Graphic Design, AJ, Anthropology, Correctional Science, Philosophy, Economics, Geography, Statistics, Spanish, ESL, and many other areas.

Thanks to Spanish Professor Tamari Jenkins who assisted with the translation of the essay by CSPG Director Carol Wells. Much of the educational materials content is presented in English and Spanish, and we’re proud to have a number of Spanish speaking volunteer docents who will be available to assist any Spanish speaking visitors. Professors Limón and Rachel Hanna will join me in conducting a bilingual tour of the exhibition  later in the semester and we hope we get native speakers as well as students learning Spanish to join us. There are a number of other exciting programs that we’re offering in concert with this exhibition. Please see a full list below or online.

This exhibition and related programs are generously supported in part by the President’s Equity Council, Associated Students of Chaffey College, the President’s Host Account. Institutional support for the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art is provided by Chaffey College and the School of Visual & Performing Arts. We are grateful for all of the support to do our work.

If you would like a hard copy poster to advertise the exhibition and public programs, please let us know. We can drop a poster off to you. Our exhibition takeaway and Ask Art Toolkit (aimed at Faculty) can be found online at


Invitation to film showing: Chicano Park and David Diaz

This is your invitation to the film showing “Chicano Park” with guest Speaker David Diaz, author of the book Barrio Urbanism this Friday October 16th at 6pm. at Bellas Artes Gallery (244 S. Garey Ave, Pomona, 91766).

 The Latin@ Roundtable and M.E.Ch.A de Mt. Sac are hosting this community gathering/potluck through Unity in the Community. 

 The focus is to create dialogue through films where we can learn from each other and educate each other on issues connected to the community.

The film depicts the history of Barrio Logan in San Diego, how the community organized for its survival, how the community took over the land situated beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, and turned it into a place for murals, familia unity, organizing, cultural sustainability, and what is now Chicano Park.

 Melissa Ayala
Latino/a Roundtable, MECHA de Mt. SAC, and Unity in the Community


Film and Speakers on “Fighting For Our Lives”

This Friday, September 18th (beginning with an introduction and pot-luck) at 6 PM at Bellas Artes Gallery (244 S Garey Ave, Pomona, California 91766), United Pomona Valley M.E.Ch.A. The Latino/a Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley and the community will be showing an Oscar nominated portrayal of the UFW’s 1973 strike where grape workers making history by walking off the job from Coachella to Fresno to fight for a UFW contract. A moving testimony to the bravery of the farm workers in their non-violent struggle against police brutality on the picket lines. Our group Unity in the Community seeks to bring dialogue about historic issues that are still affecting us today. We will be watching this film and will have presenters who were part of the UFW and grape boycott – leaders Jerry Ryan and Roberto de la Cruz – discussing the film afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

This will be a potluck style event so bring something delicious to share, and don’t forget to bring your friends and family!

Invitation to film showing and platica: “Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary”

You are invited (by Unity in the Community: MECHA, Latino and Latina Roundtable, and Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage Committee) to the second of many future film gatherings and platicas on issues pertinent to our communities. This film, Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary will be shown this Friday, August 14th at 6 PM at Bellas Artes Gallery (244 S Garey Ave. in Pomona. 


Background to film “Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary”:
Located in Pico Union, a neighborhood sometimes called the “Ellis Island” of Los Angeles, Hoover Street Elementary is the largest elementary school in the city. Some 2,700 students speaking 32 languages attend the school, and an estimated 90 percent of them are economic and political refugees from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador living below the poverty line. “Most kids don’t know if they are legal or undocumented,” says Simón, who was six when her family immigrated from Mexico, and remembers being called a “wetback” by her schoolmates. “They all just feel unwanted and scared.”

You are free to invite anyone. This meeting will be a potluck so make sure you bring something delicious to share!

Here is a short clip:


Encuentros Showing of “Farmingville” this Friday



CONTACT: CARLOS G. PERRETT (, (979) 721-1977

ENCUENTROS to bring provocative, complex, and emotionally charged documentary

“FARMINGVILLE” to Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College

The screening will be hosted by ENCUENTROS April 24, 2015 in the Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College and is scheduled to commence at 1:00pm.

Following the screening, students and day laborers (jornaleros) from the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC) will facilitate a discussion regarding the film and reactions to the film.

The screening if FREE and open to the public.

About the film: Farmingville (USA, 2003, 1:18 English/Spanish w/English subtitles) a film by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini – The chilling hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers in the small town of Farmingville, Long Island catapult the population, and the immigration issue, into the national headlines, unmasking a frontline of the new border wars – suburbia. This bilingual, verité documentary allows many players in the story – long term residents, day laborers, elected officials, advocates on all sides of the issue – to speak for themselves, offering a rare and intimate glimpse behind today’s headlines. For more information about the film visit


The New York Times

“a thought-provoking documentary about how the area’s influx of illegal Mexican day laborers

brought racial tensions to the surface, made placid neighbors into militants, and spurred

arson, attempted murder and other hate crimes.”

Jami Bernard Daily News

“Farmingville is a primer for anyone – whether lawmaker or citizen – who cares to better

understand the usually unseen cost of America’s appetite for cheap labor.”

About ENCUENTROS: Founded in 2007, ENCUENTROS are weekly events organized in partnership with Day Laborers from the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, the Rancho Day Laborer Corner, and Pitzer College students to address the alarmingly present-day inequalities, struggles, and barriers that day laborers face on a daily basis.

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