Asking for your support

I am writing to request your support for our annual Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley 20th annual Cesar Chavez breakfast fundraiser (that will be held Friday, March 29, 2024 (from 8 am – 10 am with check-in beginning at 7 am) at the Sheraton Fairplex (601 W. McKinley Ave) in Pomona).  As you know, the Latino and Latina Roundtable continues to organize in our communities on immigrant rights, education, and well-being economy issues.   You have always supported us in the past – and I am hoping that you can be a sponsor this year.   This year, as part of celebrating over twenty years of the founding of the Latino and Latina Roundtable and as part of honoring exemplary leaders who have used their lives in the interests of our communities, we will be honoring:  Professor Harry Pachon (posthumously), the past President of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Kenan Professor of Political Studies at Pitzer and the Claremont Graduate School and one of the catalysts for the founding of LRT; Deliana Speights, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW 1428 and Regional Coordinator of the Women’s Network; Fernando Meza, Pomona Unified Assistant Superintendent in the administration of Pupil and Community Services; Dr. Mary Montes, Former School Board Member at Pomona Unified; St. Francis RN’s and Healthcare Workers from UNAC/UHCP and SEIU-UHW; the Avocado Heights Vaquer@s and Union de Ranchos; LRT Community Star award recipient (LRT board member and secretary) Alicia Rodriguez: and local students who will be receiving Social Justice Scholarship awards. 


Our organization has made great strides in being able to sustain itself through the development of an office, a resolute staff, a committed board, and an active membership. We have been successful in not only representing the interests of our Latinx community through education, immigrant rights, and new economy committees, but we have been on the front lines consistently in building multi-racial unity, in supporting labor, in bringing together people from different backgrounds, genders, sexualities, and racial histories in solving some of the well-being economic, political, and social problems which our communities are facing.  Now, to advance our efforts, we are calling on you to support this one annual fundraiser. As our Executive Director Lina Mira has written in the attached request letter:


In the spirit of community, I invite you to join us on March 29th, 2024, and purchase a ticket or better yet become a sponsor. I have included the various sponsorship levels. Please see the attached attachment. Our mailing address is:  Latino and Latina Roundtable- 1460 E. Holt Avenue, #144, Pomona, CA 91767 and we are a 501@3 organization. Our tax ID number is: 45-4458833. If you need additional information and documents to become a sponsor please contact or call (909) 480-6267.

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






Latino/a Roundtable- Membership Retreat and other updates

Please join us this Saturday for the Annual Membership retreat from 1-3 pm. This retreat is in person, however we will be having a zoom option. Come and learn about the priorities for 2024 and also the accomplishments from 2023.  Please also renew your membership and pay your dues for 2024 if you have not had a chance. 
Where: LRT Office (1460 E. Holt Avenue, Room 5)
1460 E. Holt Avenue
Pomona CA, 91767
Phone : 909-480-6267
Entrance 2 or 3 and look for room 5. Light refreshments provided.
Zoom Option: 
Topic: Latino and Latina Roundtable Membership Retreat 
Time: Feb 17, 2024 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting ID: 882 0816 9563
Passcode: 640872
Other announcements/dates
2/29- Social Justice Scholarship deadline
3/29- Cesar Chavez Breakfast (8 am)
4/20- Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Pilgrimage
Please visit our website for more information- to access ticket sales and scholarship information.

Invitation to Presentation on Community and University-Assisted Schools by Ira Harkavy on Feb. 5 at 6:30 PM

As part of advancing our ongoing partnership between College for All (Latino and Latina Roundtable, NAACP, community schools, and Pomona Unified) you are invited to a virtual presentation on “Community Schools and University-Assisted Schools” on Monday, February 5 at 6:30 pm by Ira Harkavy, the Founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.  The webinar zoom link and passcode are below.  As Director of the Netter Center since 1992, Harkavy has helped to develop academically based community service courses and community-engaged research projects that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools with Penn’s local community of West Philadelphia.  Harkavy teaches in history, urban studies, and Africana studies, as well as in the Graduate School of Education. Harkavy has written and lectured widely on the history and current practice of urban university-community-school partnerships and the democratic and civic missions of higher education. He has co-authored and co-edited twelve books.

As Pomona Unified and other school districts in the region move ahead in developing community schools, this presentation will focus on lessons learned in the implementaion of community and university-asssisted schools and the partnerships that are needed to have positive outcomes.

Translation will be available for the webinar presentation. 


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Feb 5, 2024, 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Latino/a Round Table – Dr. Ira Harkavy: Community Schools and University-Assisted Schools


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

passcode: 120940

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Passcode: 120940

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

SWM All out for Palestine on Saturday Dec 6!

Hi friends,

We are continuing in to the new year strengthened by our resolve to demand a ceasefire and oppose broader world war. Unfortunately the ruling party in New Mexico, the Democrat Party, is seeking to ignore and stifle us. A resolution that was supposed to be voted on inside the party here in New Mexico has been put on hold even though hundreds and hundreds commented in favor of it.
We are calling on everyone to join us in holding space for ceasefire and against war at the Democrat Party sponsored “rally to save our democracy” which is not being held to challenge the greatest threats to our democracy ie corporations and monopolies driving our country to war and keeping us locked in a war economy, but rather is a farcical attempt to wash their hands of being accountable.

Invitation to Latino/a Roundtable Open House -January 13th 2024 1-3 pm

Hello LRT Friends and Members,
Please join us for a celebration Open House for the Latino and Latina Roundtable – who has moved, as part of the expansion of the Solidarity Center, to Room 5 at the Village @ Indian Hill (next door to the NAACP offices).  Please join us for food, speakers, music, poetry, and mingling.  To RSVP see the message below. 
Saturday January 13th from 1-3 pm
LRT Office (Village @ Indian Hill)
1460 E. Holt Avenue Room 5
Pomona CA 91767
(909) 480-6267 or respond to this email to RSVP or use the QR code in the flier attached. 
Expect music, food, and mingling. 
please feel free to share this email 
Also, please Save the Date for our 20th Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast on Friday March 29th 2024 @ 8:00 am at the Fairplex Conference Center, tickets and sponsorship opportunities will be available on Friday January 12th, 2024. Check our website and social media for the latest updates. 

Nominee deadline tonight- Latino and Latina Roundtable

Hello LRT Members,

Please help us select the honorees for the 20th Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast  taking place on March 29th 2024 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA at 8:00 am. Tickets will be available to purchase online starting January 12th 2024.

All paid members can nominate individuals or organizations or groups.  Attached is a list of past honorees.

Nominate a community member who embodies and lives out the core values of Cesar Chavez-

Service to Others, Sacrifice, Preference to help the most in need and forgotten no matter how difficult the challenge,  Determination, Nonviolence, Acceptance of All People, Respect for Life and Environment, Celebrating Community, Knowledge, and Innovation 


Please include the name of the person and your reasons. You can write your nomination in the body of an email or include an attachment. There is a word limit- 500 words or less. The deadline is January 3rd by 11:30 pm, email should be sent to and write Cesar Chavez Honoree 2024 in the subject line. The LRT board reviews your nominations and selects the honorees in January during their meeting.  You will receive confirmation of your submission. 

For more information, please call (909) 480-6267. 


CCBx LRT Past year Honorees2023.docx

Request for your support

With the New Year, the beginning of our annual membership drive, and with my birthday arriving on January 8, as in previous years, in lieu of gifts or cards, I request that you give the gift of becoming a member or to send a donation to the Latino and Latina Roundtable. Here is the link to our newsletter that highlights our achievements:

Attached is the membership application that you can fill out and mail back to us.  Below are also links on how you can become a member and how you can send in a donation.  The membership dues for one year are $25.00 for individuals and $10.00 for students, retirees, and low-income individuals.

Your membership or donation is the highest gift of respect that you can give for all our work that we carry out daily in the interests of our communities. In supporting our organization through your membership, you are helping to sustain the inspiration and efforts of our members and staff in organizing through our immigrant rights, college for all, and new economy committees – and through: our annual Cesar Chavez breakfast and Pilgrimage march that provide scholarships and honor community-based leaders in our region; Dia de Muertos and Posadas community-based cultural events; “mural/sacred space” preservation in places like Cesar Chavez Park; collaborations with area schools and colleges in passing education legislation in Sacramento and implementing school-to-college pipeline initiatives; implementing educational forums and workshops; carrying out voter turn-out efforts; developing well-being and cooperative economic development projects in sustaining local wealth; supporting worker and union organizing efforts in our region; and through our ongoing participation in numerous coalitions on social justice and quality of life issues. Thank you for your support!

Jose Zapata Calderon

President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
(909) 952-1640


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