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UC San Diego's César E. Chávez Celebration

Read about UC San Diego events honoring César E. Chávez.

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In celebration of the life and achievements of César E. Chávez and in conjunction with the California State holiday, UC San Diego presents an annual series of events.

Events are subject to change, check this page regularly for updates.

This year's theme is: United, Resistant & Unafraid!

César Chávez Service Clubs' Las Mañanitas Breakfast

Friday, March 24 | 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. | San Diego Convention Center

Please join us for a for a breakfast honoring the life and work of Luis Valdez. From the farm fields of Delano, California to the glittering lights of Broadway, and onto an award-winning career in television and Hollywood, no one has had a greater influence on Chicano culture than Valdez. 

For more information: Linda.ChavezClubs@cox.net

UC San Diego Observes the César E. Chávez Holiday 

Friday, March 31

Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW). President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day in the United States, with Americans being urged to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez's enduring legacy of non-violent social change and service to others. Although March 31st is not a federal holiday, California observes Cesar Chavez day by closing schools and state offices.

César E. Chávez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 3 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Price Center Ballroom A & B

UC San Diego’s opening event includes awards honoring individuals for furthering César E. Chávez’s ideals in their communities including this year’s UCSD undergraduate essay contest winners. Featuring keynote speaker - UCSD Alumni and Dean of Student Engagement at Pierce College, Juan Carlos Astorga.

Tickets are $15 each.

For ticket information: psbarajas@ucsd.edu

Screening of “Mujer Mariposa: Womxn on the Periphery”

Wednesday, April 5 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | CCC Library

This dynamic workshop will fuse theatre, spoken word, and dialogue centered on healing, corporal narratives, and empowerment of migrant and diaspora communities through art making practice. It will bring critical dialogue surrounding the contributions of immigrant communities and the importance of keeping this history alive in order to critically engage "American History” and its exclusion of People of Color in dominant narratives and media representation.

Remembering Asunción Nochixtlán: State-Violence, Building Bridges, and Global Struggles of Resistance 

Monday, April 10 | 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Raza Resource Centro

This event emphasizes the aftermath of the attack on Nochixtlán, Oaxaca through an exhibit of photographs and a short documentary. A panel speaking about state-violence broadly and the efforts by ordinary people around the world to partake in mobilization, education, and self-determination will follow. This program is split in two parts. The first is the art exhibit (photography and short documentary) from 12-1PM and the panel will follow from 1PM-3PM. 

For more information: jor033@ucsd.edu

Award-winning Filmmaker and Producer, Paul Espinosa - A Conversation about Film Making Focused on the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Monday, April 10 | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Marshall college room Price center West

Award-winning Filmmaker and Producer, Paul Espinosa is the President/CEO of Espinosa Productions, a film and video company specializing in documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region. Espinosa has been involved with producing films for over 35 years and is Professor Emeritus in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. He has worked with public television stations in San Diego and Dallas specializing in Latino and U.S.-Mexico border topics, Espinosa has produced, directed, written and hosted numerous programs for PBS. Espinosa will discuss his process as a filmmaker as well as show clips from his vast catalogue of films including his latest feature length documentary film, a multilayered portrait of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez – musician, composer and community activist from San Diego.

For more information: aorozco@ucsd.edu

Fight in the Fields: Intersectional and Cross-cultural Struggle for Justice

Wednesday, April 12 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Angela's Space in the Ocean View Building 

Screening of the 1997 documentary "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement" by Directors Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles. Following the screening, faculty and graduate students will give greater context for the film through their studies of ethnic studies, social injustices and activist work. Marshall RAs and Dean's Interns will facilitate a dialogue with participants with regards of solidarity work, reflecting on the values of the United Farm Workers and thinking about other critical leaders such as Larry Itliong and Dolores Huerta. 

For more information: fkeflezighi@ucsd.edu

Respect for Wildlife

Tuesday, April 18 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Raza Resource Centro

César Chávez was passionate about vegetarianism and animal rights. Wild animals have adapted to living in our San Diego urban neighborhoods. Join Project Wildlife Educator, Carly Padilla, as she discusses ways we can respect and co-exist with urban wildlife; things we can do to help; and ways to gently encourage their departure if they have taken up residence too close to our homes.

For more information: Chicano-LatinoStaff@ucsd.edu

47th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration 

Saturday, April 22 | All Day | Chicano Park, Barrio Logan

Be a part of communities coming together! Experience traditional music, dance, live bands, food, and arts and craft vendors in the historic Barrio Logan Community. This family event is always free and open to the public. The theme for is “Ramón Chunky Sánchez: El Corazón Del Pueblo.”

For more information: www.chicano-park.com

Hidden Voices of the United Farm Workers 

Monday, April 24 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Cross-Cultural Center

Cross-Cultural Center Social Justice Educators Presentation of unity, dissent, and coalition focusing on others figures, Filipinx, and Latinx labor. Light Refreshments will be served.

For more information: nmagpusao@ucsd.edu

Afternoon of Artivism

Thursday, April 27 | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Middle Earth, Eleanor Roosevelt College

The Raza Living Learning Community will be hosting Afternoons of Artivism beginning on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Afternoon of Artivism will be explore the intersections between art and activism, in the historical and contemporary contexts and how it pertains to the Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x community on a local, regional, and national level. 

For more information: achavezj@ucsd.edu

Indigenous Mexican Art as Healing: Paper Mache Dolls

Friday, April 28 | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Raza Resource Centro

Ramona Garcia is a paper mache and visual artist. Her current practice focuses on the use of therapy dolls. Ramona’s work is inspired by Mexican Folk Art, traditional paper mache dolls from her home community in Guanajuato, Mexico where the art of the paper mache doll is said to originate. 

For more information: mpgomez@ucsd.edu

Film Screening: Chicano Park

Monday, May 1, 2017 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Geisel Library, Seuss Room

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Learn more at: https://libraries.ucsd.edu/blogs/blog/film-screening-chicano-park/

For more information: nbodrian@ucsd.edu

Telling our Stories: How to recover the past as a social justice process?

Wednesday, May 3 | 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Raza Resource Centro

John Valadez is a filmmaker and faculty at Michigan State University. John has been producing and directing award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past fourteen years. He directed the critically acclaimed film "Passin’ It On," which aired nationally on the PBS series Point Of View. He went on to direct the first hour of the PBS series Making Peace and was a producer for the PBS series "Matters of Race, Visiones: Latino Arts & Culture, and Beyond Brown." John will discuss his experiences as a Chicano filmmaker, documentaries as social justice work, and teach the audience an overview on how to make their own documentary for social justice causes.

For more information: gearellano@ucsd.edu

Screening of “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta”

Thursday, May 4 | 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. | Price Center Theater, Price Center

John Valadez will screen his recent work, the quixotic and off-beat short film, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta which garnered the Best Documentary Award at this year's Denver Chicano Film Festival (Xicanindie). A discussion will follow the screening of the film.

Raza Awareness Week

May 8-12 | All Day 

A week-long series of events on behalf of students interested in highlighting social justice, cultural heritage, and contemporary Latin@ issues.

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