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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

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Op-Ed by Roshanak Kheshti, November 16, 2016

Ballot Box as Klan Hood and the Rest of Us in the Wake of the Election of Donald Trump as 45th US President

I write not with the expertise of a political scientist or demographer, those emperors of data and partisan, capital ‘P’ politics whose new clothes—AKA ‘big data’-informed poll predictions—have only just been revealed to some (not others) as ruse. I write today as an ethnic studies professor, born in Iran and raised an undocumented immigrant in a deeply segregated South. I write as a professor of little ‘p’ politics, at that scale of life where policy caresses and penetrates the skin, producing cancer and lead poisoning, where one face looks at another face and exchanges words through language (sometimes epithets), where glyphosate-stricken food is eaten and maquiladora-made guitars are strummed, where hundreds of feet momentarily dance away the dystopian times at silent discos in desperate acts of escapism. These spaces constitute my laboratory.

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SDESC 3rd Annual Community Event: Sneak Preview of Free Angela film & Community Panel

The San Diego County Ethnic Studies Consortium invites you to our

3rd Annual Community Event

Sneak Preview of
Directed by Shola Lynch
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

Film screening followed by Community Panel

Register at to receive a free ticket. Limit one ticket per person. More tickets than theater seats are being distributed, so arrive early. All seats are first-come, first-serve. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. Please note: You must bring a hard copy of your paper ticket; phone apps will not be accepted.

About the Film

San Diego, CA (March 26, 2013) – Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, presents the political-crime-drama documentary about social activism icon Angela Davis. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners opens exclusively in AMC theaters in select markets on April 5, 2013, and is also available on Tugg to bring Free Angela to a city near you.

Hailed by the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival as “a fascinating chronicle of justice and strength,” Free Angela tells the dramatic story of how a young professor’s social justice activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a bloody shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.

In this historical vérité style documentary that marks the 40th anniversary of her acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy, Angela Davis recounts the politics and actions that branded her a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide movement for her freedom as a political prisoner. At its core, the story wrestles with the meaning of political freedom in a democracy negotiated between the people and its government. Strong, attractive, and engaging, Angela Davis is one such person who became a symbol at the center of this still relevant power struggle.

Jada Pinkett Smith along with Overbrook Entertainment, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, and BET Networks have joined forces on the production of the documentary.

“We at Overbrook Entertainment are very proud to support this intriguing documentary about the life of Angela Davis,” said Jada Pinkett Smith. “An incredible job in revealing a piece of American history we thought we all knew.”

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter adds, “An intricate and compelling film about Angela Davis. Roc Nation is honored to be part of a creative collective that can present such a riveting story.”


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San Diego County Ethnic Studies Consortium

Mesa College Chicano Studies Receives $80K Gift from Gracia Molina de Pick

March 15, 2013 – San Diego Mesa College has received an $80,000 gift from renowned educator, activist and feminist, Gracia Molina de Pick. The gift will bolster the Mesa College Chicana/o Studies Department — which she helped to found in 1970 — by establishing the Gracia Molina de Pick/Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Endowment Fund. It will also create an annual student scholarship in her honor, and enable the creation of an annual lecture series that honors her legacy. Continue reading


2nd Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series: Chicana Activism in San Diego Honoring Tommie Camarillo

3rd Binational Conference on Border Issues :: 3a Conferencia Binacional en Asuntos Fronterizos

3a Conferencia Binacional en Asuntos Fronterizos
November 29, 2012
San Diego City College
Room D 121A

DESIGN/diseño: Fernanda Vega-Huerta