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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Raza Studies Now! Conf. SMC July 21 & July 22

Raza Studies Now! Conference at Santa Monica College July 21 10am-3pm and 
Sun July 22 fundraiser event at Tia Chucha's in Sylmar CA 1-3pm

For those who cannot make it to Tucson for Freedom Summer (, which continues for several more weeks, there is a Raza Studies Now Conference on Saturday at Santa Monica College in support of Tucson's MAS community, and in support of expanding Raza Studies nationwide. Information is at:

WHAT: Raza Studies Now Conf.
WHERE: Santa Monica College, Humanities Room # 165

                FREE PARKING ON CAMPUS
WHEN: July 21: 10am-2pm

Who: Association of Mexican American Educators, Semillas del Pueblo, Wilson High MEChA, Pico Youth & Family Center,  (full listing on website)

CONTACT: Elias Serna of Association of Mexican American Educators or 323–350–3548

Join us in uniting teachers, students, and organizations around an effort to expand Raza and ethnic studies in LA High Schools specifically, but also nationwide. This conference will include panels on Raza Studies High School Instructors, Tucson Raza Studies Curriculum & Pedagogy featuring (UA) Social Justice and Education Project and (UA) UNIDOS students and Tucson (UA and TUSD) MAS Teachers (who will be present), Banned Books, Occupied America (author, Rodolfo Acuña will also be present), and Dreamers & Raza Studies.
The working conference is in support of Tucson's Mexican American studies department that was dismantled earlier this year. But it will also celebrate Santa Monica High School's recent adoption of Ethnic Studies into its curriculum.
Following the conference at SMC, there will be a Banned Book Exhibit at the nearby Pico Youth and Family Center 715 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 396-7101 at 5-7pm. This will be in conjunction with the presentation of the video docu-drama by UNIDOS titled: Banned! Burritos will be served. Watch this video clip to understand why we serve burritos: It is a fundraiser for UNIDOS.
July 22 Event

Tia Chucha's
13197 Gladstone Avenue  Sylmar, CA 91342

(818) 939-3433

Special Film Screening & Platica with UNIDOS and 
Social Justice students & alumni of MAS Tucson: 
Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 1-3pm

Banned is a docu-comedy regarding the struggle to defend Mexican American studies in Tucson Arizona. Produced by UNIDOS, students who have been active in defending Tucson's Mexican American studies department. It will include a 20 min. video followed by 40 min. of discussion regarding the update on the situation.

For info: or 520-271-6796

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