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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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

SDSU Department of Africana Studies presents: Meet the Founders Series

Friday, February 10, 2012
Arts and Letters Building, Room 101
Hosted by: Delores Fisher, Lecturer, Africana Studies

Meet the founders and directors. Hear about their creative process. Participate in a discussion of San Diego theater arts for people of color.

Bear Arts Foundation is a national cross-cultural arts service organization committed to encourage, nurture, and strengthen the creation and production of new work in the theatre by artists of color.

1st Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series at Mesa College: Sylvia Mendez

“The case of Méndez v. Westminster and the Desegregation of Public Education”
11 AM TUESDAY, MARCH 6 ROOM: H-117/118

Sylvia Méndez is the oldest daughter of Gonzalo Méndez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Méndez, a Puerto Rican, who fought so she and her brothers could have equal education through the case of Méndez et al v. Westminster et al. Ms. Méndez continues the legacy left by her parents to campaign for education. Ms. Méndez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, on February 15, 2011. The Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series honors the founder of the San Diego Mesa College Chicano Studies Department and recognizes her life-long commitment to education, feminism, and dedication to the mission of the community college.

Organized by the Chicano Studies Department
Co-sponsored by:
San Diego Mesa College Humanities Institute and
Chicano Latino Heritage Celebration Committee

For more information:
César López, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111-4998
(619) 388-2368

Students Step Up Tucson Walkouts: Protest School District Folly and Mexican American Studies Banishment

By Jeff Biggers
Common Dreams
January 24, 2012

As the nation watches the Tucson Unified School District’s spiral into disarray, hundreds of students walked out of their Tucson schools Monday in a coordinated protest against the banishment of the district’s acclaimed Mexican American Studies program.

Pouring into the downtown Tucson area from Pueblo, Cholla and Tucson high schools, among other institutions, the students brought their march to the offices of floundering Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) administrators. In recent days, administrators and board members have issued a series of conflicting and inaccurate statements and carried out the extreme actions of confiscating books in front of children. Continue reading