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Saber Tus Derechos

12 Aug

“The Civil Liberties Defense Center, a grassroots non-profit organization focused on defending and upholding civil liberties through education, outreach, litigation, legal support and assistance. The Civil Liberties Defense Center strives to preserve the strength and vitality of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. and state constitutions, as well as to protect freedom of expression.”

Among their many project, they are currently fighting against the “Green Scare,” an unconstitutional attack on environmental and animal rights activists, educating the community about Tasers and the Police: A Deadly Combination, and protester defense.

Since they are located in Oregon, most of their workshops are held in Eugene, all around Oregon and the country.  They offer workshops in English and Spanish, and lately they’ve been having a hard time finding volunteers to translate their material for workshops.  If there is anyone willing to do translating English to Spanish 1-2 times a month, please contact

If you’d like to know more about the CLDC, check out


Talking Back to Education: Student Activism, Voice & Empowerment for Youth in Inglewood

29 Jul

This Friday July 30th 2010 10am to 4pm

DONT FORGET to Register online at

Schedule of the Day
10:00a- Registration, Surveying, Refreshments, Art Gallery
10:45a-11:30a- Opening Session with Dance Performances & Keynote Speaker
11:30a-11:45a- Small Group Activity
11:45a-12:35p- First Concurrent Workshop (Choose one of four workshops)
12:35p-1:15p- Refreshments, Musical Performances
1:15p-2:10p- Second Concurrent Workshop (Choose one of four workshops)
2:10p-2:45p- Local Organizations Tabling & Artists
2:45pm-3:15- Spoken Word & Dance Performance,
3:15p-4:00pm: Guest Speaker, Closing Remarks

Overview of Workshops:

*Word!: The Untold History of 2nd Call and Gangs in Inglewood/L.A.
*The Birds & the Bees Revisited: Reproductive Justice and Men & Women’s Sexual Health
*It Aint Easy Being Green: Environmental Racism & Environmental Justice 
*Womanhood in Inglewood: Young Women’s Self-Empowerment & Self-Esteem.
*The Struggle to Dream: The Struggles of Undocumented Students, AB540 & the DREAM ACT
*Get it Straight!: The Negative Impacts of Gender Roles, Heternormativity & Homophobia in Our Schools
*Where Is the Love?: Practicing Healthy Relationships and Self-Image
*La Historia de Homies Unidos y Pandillas en L.A.: Gang Intervention and Youth Empowerment

Keynote Speaker- Hugo Tzec
Guest Speaker- Erin Aubry Kaplan
Step Perfomance- AGS- Animo Golden Souljahs,
Balet Folklorico-Jacqueline Gonzalez & friend
Spoken Word- Michele Earley
Rap performance-Des Johnson,
Music performance-Arhomuz,
Jazz Dance Performance- Ivan Martinez & friends

Organizations tabling: Hyde Park Half, Homies Unidos, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Reach L.A., Communities for a Better Environment, 2nd Call, IDEAS.


Animo Inglewood students will be provided with service hours for attending!

What DREAMKIDS can do to fight racism by Tim Wise

27 Jun
25 Jun

Poet Spotlight- Aya de Leon

17 Jun

Aya de Leon is an acclaimed spoken word artist from the SF bay area. She received her BA from Harvard University and is the director of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People a program at UC Berkeley ‘for the reading, writing and the teaching of poetry’.

Icon/I have a dream

Martin Luther King fought for justice, not integration
Don’t confuse the method of transportation with the destination
But history remembers our heroes distortedly
like black & white kids holding hands is all he stood for
& completely forgets his opposition to the viet-nam war
& what’s more
his ideas are intellectual property &
if Ghandi can be an icon for apple computers, then
everything in this nation is for sale
I can just imagine what advertisers would do with
King’s letter from the birmingham jail
picture this: it gets bought by corporations in the
prison industrial complex
& they take it all out of context
putting up billboards in the hood that say:
hey young black men, MLK went to jail; if you’re
lucky, you can be next>

Or imagine this one
Let’s say the NBA buys his speech at the march on
talking about I have a team
I have a team so the sons of former slaves can sweat
and toil up and down basketball courts like modern day cotton fields
for the profit & amusement of the sons of former slave owners;
it is deeply rooted in the american dream; I have a team>

Or perhaps it would be bought by developers talking about
I have a scheme.
I have a scheme that little white yuppies can live next to
little black and brown boys and girls,
digging the convenience & flavor of their hood
& when the black & brown folks get moved out
white yuppies will say in their newly acquired hipster slang
don’t trip peeps, it’s all to the good
yes, I have a scheme
still deeply rooted in the American dream
feeling like a dij` vu, except without the smallpox blankets
& then developers can go to black church testimony meetings
talking about
I’m not here to testify
I’m here to gentrify!
can I get a witness?>

Or maybe it would be bought by a multinational
pharmaceutical conglomerate
talking about I have a cream
I have a cream & even if the red hills of georgia are
nothing compared to the acne on your face, I have a cream.
A cream that guarantees that every pockmark will be
exalted and every pimple made low, I have a cream.
I have a cream that fights against itching,
anti-government bitching and encourages snitching.
I have a cream that is spermicidal, herbicidal,
pesticidal & genocidal, I have a cream today!
I have a cream that will turn little black boys into little white girls
& we sold some to michael jackson & he said
white at last, white at last, thank god almighty I’m
white at last!
yes, people, we must be very careful who we let
control our past.

Poet Spotlight: Suheir Hammad

8 Jun

Suheir Hammad is an award-winning Palestinian American spoken word artist and activist born in Jordan and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Here she performs her poem “First Writing Since” that signed her into Def Poetry Jam:

Homies Unidos

6 Jun

Homies Unidos is a not-for-profit organization, created  in “November 2, 1996 when a group of youth from different neighborhoods came together in San Salvador, El Salvador to discuss methods and means of diminishing the violence that plagues too many of our lives and communities.”  A year later they began their work in Los Angeles. Their work focuses on violence prevention and youth intervention. They also offer services like tattoo removal, parent-child workshops on domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse, and engaging communities on issues like gentrification and immigrant rights.

Free ALEX SANCHEZ Campaign!

Last year, “internationally recognized community leader, and peacemaker Alex Sanchez (executive director of Homies Unidos) was named in a federal indictment, charging him among a group of twenty-three others with being an active member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang”.

Learn more: