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RELEASE TO RESIST: Self-Care and Activism

Join us for an afternoon of hands-on self-care, food & fun!

Learn how to sustain ourselves & our communities amidst social struggle!

Meet Ethnic Studies students, faculty & activists from across San Diego!

Presenters/workshops  and speakers include:

  • Nana Yaw Asiedu — West African Drumming
  • Cara Macapugay and Rhonalyn Santos — Essential Oils
  • Nancy Cruz and Manuel Enriquez — On  Student Activism
  • Ana Laura Martinez — Stencil Art

Location: Outdoor Lawn between Centro Cultural de la Raza and the WorldBeat Center.

Date and Time: April 22, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm.

Free community event sponsored by the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium



MILITARISM & MIGRATION CONFERENCE April 21-23 2017 ~ City Heights, San Diego, California

From the website (please go to website to view program information and to register):

We invite the public, artists, activists, academics, and all communities to join us for a three-day conference in City Heights, San Diego. The M & M Conference will include workshops, panels, discussions, film showings, art exhibits, performances, and presentations exploring the connection between militarism and migration within the urgent context of ongoing transnational struggles.

San Diego is home to a continually growing migrant and refugee population displaced by U.S. wars in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and Central America, and more recently by wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, and other countries. San Diego’s vast defense and military industries and training facilities make possible and fuel the wars and displacements of these populations. Its proximity to the U.S. Mexico border and ongoing colonization of the Kumeyaay nation have also intensified the criminalization of indigenous and racialized populations in the region.

Our conference will emphasize how we can critically envision and work toward a demilitarized and decolonized future.

Conference Dates:
April 21-23, 2017
East African Community and Cultural Center
4061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105


SPECIAL EVENT: Poetry reading with Kimberly Alidio and Jason Magabo Perez, March 14 at University of San Diego

The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego invites you to attend a special event!

Poetry Reading, feat. Kimberly Alidio and Jason Magabo Perez
Tuesday 3/14
12:30-2:00 pm
Founders 154
Please join us for a special poetry reading and discussion with two incredible Filipinx poets Kimberly Alidio and Jason Magabo Perez. The event will open with students who will read from their creative work. Alidio and Perez will follow with poetry readings and a dynamic discussion about colonialism, migration, queerness, race, gender, and cultural power.
Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). She is the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Thought and a poetry fellow of Kundiman and Voices of Our Nation Arts. She received fellowships from Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and the University of Illinois’s Asian American Studies Program, as well as a doctorate in modern American history from the University of Michigan. A tenure-track dropout and high-school teacher, she hails from Baltimore and lives in East Austin, Texas.
Jason Magabo Perez is the author of Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). A VONA alumnus, Perez holds an MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the now defunct New College of California and a dual PhD in Ethnic Studies and Communication from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, Perez is an Assistant Professor of English at Cal State San Bernardino.

Angela Davis at Southwestern College, March 15

Contact Southwestern College for incremental ticket information after Feb. 28.  Eventbrite tickets to the event have been sold out.


Native Youth Conference, March 18 at UCSD

Support Black Lives Matter + Stand With Standing Rock

Looking for a gift that supports grassroots organizing for social justice?

Local San Diego activists are selling Black Lives Matter and I Stand With Standing Rock shirts. All proceeds are directly donated to the national BLM movement and Standing Rock’s legal battle with the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Black Lives Matter shirt
100% cotton Bella Canvas shirts
Unisex shirts in size S-3XL
Cost: $15.00 each

I Stand With Standing Rock shirt

100% cotton Anvil shirts
Unisex shirts in size S-3XL
Cost: $20.00 each; $15.00 for students

Shirts are available in the Ethnic Studies Department in Maher 210 at the University of San Diego. For mail orders, email Bulk orders accepted; shipping fees are not included. Please spread the word!

A HerStory of the BLM Movement:
The Movement for Black Lives:
Stand with Standing Rock:
Oceti Sakowin Camp:


Shirt front: Black Lives Matter (with permission from BLM)
Shirt Back:
End the War on Black People
Economic Justice
Community Control
Political Power

Shirt front: I Stand With Standing Rock; Water Is Life (with permission from Standing Rock)
Shirt back:
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Support Indigenous Self-Determination
Protect Sacred Sites & Homelands
Honor American Indian Treaties

Organized by Asians4BlackLives San Diego and bkSOUL

Ethnic Studies Faculty And Students Lead Teach-Ins At University of San Diego

The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego held five campus teach-ins Fall Semester 2016. Our teach-ins addressed the shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, the 2016 presidential election, National #NoDAPL Day of Action, solidarity for Standing Rock, and immigrant rights.

Teach-in for Alfred Olango 10/4/16p1190009p1180903

Teach-in for 2016 Presidential Election 11/9/16p1190088

Teach-in for National #NoDAPL Day of Action 11/15/16p1190099p1190116

Teach-in for Standing Rock Solidarity 12/6/16p1190811p1190814

Teach-in for Immigrant Rightsp1190818