Nov 21

Dec. 1 2012 – Fight the Power! Youth Fight Back Conference

El Movimiento Presents:

Fight the Power! Youth Fight Back Conference


December 1st 2012
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Larsen Hall
14 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact: Sackona Fitts

Oct 10

Regional Ethnic Studies gathering in SF October 7


Teaching Toward Justice: A Weekend of Building Solidarity and Strengthening a Movement
Events surrounding the Teaching for Social Justice annual educator’s conference on Oct 6 in San Francisco, CA

Tough Times, Resistance and Real Talk: Into the Political Economy of Race, Place & School with David Stovall

Friday Oct 5, 7:30pm at I-SEEED (Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design), 1625 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612
David Stovall, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates four areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of social justice.

Sponsors: Urban Education & Social Justice (UESJ) & the International and Multicultural Education (IME) Department at the University of San Francisco, California NAME, Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships (CUSP), Teachers 4 Social Justice & the People’s Education Movement
This event is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted for the Raza Defense Fund

Teaching for Social Justice: Acts of Courage and Resistance
Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at Mission High School, 9am-5pm, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Register at:
Each year hundreds of educators both locally and nationally gather to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community. We are excited to celebrate 12 years of building grassroots, peer-led professional development opportunities!
Keynote Speaker: Sean Arce, former director of Tuscon Unified’s Mexican-American Studies Program and Dr. Sonia Nieto, author of The Light In Their Eyes, Creating Multicultural Learning Communities.

Precious Knowledge: film on the struggle for Ethnic Studies in Arizona, with Sean Arce and Curtis Acosta as special guests
Saturday, October 6th, 2012 7pm-9pm
Presentation Theater, Education Building, University of San Francisco
2350 Turk Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
Sponsored by the Urban Ed and Social Justice Cohort at University of San Francisco
Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Meanwhile Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department have data showing that almost 93% of their students, on average, graduate from high school and 82% attend college.
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE, the movie, illustrates an epic civil rights battle as brave students and teachers battle with lawmakers and public opinion in an effort to keep their classes alive.

Ethnic Studies People’s Movement Assembly
Sunday, October 7th, 2012 9:30am-12:30pm
SF Community School – 125 Excelsior Street, San Francisco, CA 94112
It is time for action! As recent events in Tucson have proven, the struggle for Ethnic Studies is alive throughout the nation. This assembly will be a collaborative and democratic process that will be used to create a plan of action, culminating in a national assembly at Free Minds, Free People 2013. It is time to develop a regional and national strategy for K-12 Ethnic Studies nationwide together. All levels of experience and expertise are welcome!

Assembly Co-sponsors
Association of Raza Educators
Association of Mexican American Educators
Napa Valley Ethnic Studies Advocates
Pico Youth and Family Center
Raza Studies Now
Rethinking Schools
Save Ethnic Studies
Teachers 4 Social Justice
Tucson Freedom National Network


Oct 6

The Academic and Social Value of Ethnic Studies A Research Review Christine E. Sleeter

Aug 9

Operation Backpack – DONATION DAY SATURDAY

We are working with United Sisters of Color, a human service organization dedicated to serving our community, to supply 400 underserved Boston students with supplies and backpacks for the year and we need your help! This Saturday there will be 3 events to raise funds and in-kind donations for Operation Backpack, an effort to supply underserved students with school supplies for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.

Public Donation Day: We will be accepting monetary and donations of supplies from 2-4 PM this Saturday at Holland Community Center 85 Onley Street, Dorchester MA.

For those who want to look good and feel good too, FITT body Bootcamp is holding a Bootcamp for Backpacks fitness / training event. Get healthy and give back. 9:30-10:30 AM.

There will also be a “Cash Mob” at Dollar Ave from 2-6 to buy supplies to donate. Dollar Ave – 646 Blue Hill Ave Dorchester.

Not sure what to donate?

3-ring binder
1, 3 or 5 Subject Notebook
Circular protractor
Colored pencils
Colored pens
Foreign Language Dictionary
Glue stick
Graph paper
Hand sanitizer
Index cards
Paper clips
Pencil sharpener
Pocket dictionary
Pocket folders
Poster paper
Ruler marked with in and cm
Scientific calculator with fraction key
Spiral notebook

These school supplies are for students in ALL GRADES (1-12). Please keep that in mind when purchasing so that we can have a range of age appropriate items.

Help us reach our goal of 400 backpacks to send 400 students to school with the proper tools and equipment to succeed!

If If you would like to make a monetary donation, we are accepting donations through Paypal. The email address is: or make your donation online thru Scope.


May 22

Principal Domingues: Allow Mexican American Studies at Santa Maria High School!


Dear Principal Domingues,

I am deeply saddened that while Mr. Ricardo Valencia is ready to begin teaching a Mexican American/Chican@ & Latin@ Studies course at Santa Maria High School for next year he is facing resistance.

The staff members trying to prevent Mr.Valencia’s class from happening next year claim that the Mexican American Studies course should not be allowed because it will “take away” students from other elective classes. This concern is purely based out of the interests of this select faculty rather than the students. Since when is it a bad thing for students to be excited about a course?

According to the Director of Accountability and Research of the Tuscon Unified School District, “there are positive measurable differences between Mexican American Studies students and the corresponding comparative group of students.” Mexican American Studies students score higher on standardized reading, writing, and even math tests than their peers, are more likely to graduate from high school, [and] more likely to attend college.

The staff members opposing this course do NOT share the values of the community. Although they are trying to block this course moving forward, we know that the final decision is in your hands.

Our community needs you. No matter what a few staff members say, a campus that has over 2,000 Latino students and make up 85 percent of the entire student body, at the very least deserves one course that teaches our youth about the Latino community’s contributions and struggles throughout history.

As you craft next year’s class agendas, think of the students that make Santa Maria High School and do what’s best for them. We need your courage to improve the educational success and lives of our youth. Please allow Mr.Valencia’s Mexican American/Chican@ & Latin@ Studies course to be part of next year’s curriculum.


[Your name]


Go to and sign the Petition Letter.


Apr 30

El Movimiento Anniversary, Friday, 5/4 6-9pm

El Movimiento is celebrating it’s 2nd-year anniversary next Friday, May 4th from 6-9pm RSVP via Facebook.

Date: Friday, May 4th, 6-9pm
Location: Eceuntro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Boston Chinatown
Cost: Bring a dish or $5-10 suggested donation

There will be an open mic for everyone and featuring some youth performers. Come celebrate with us!

Apr 28

Wake Up the City 5/5/12 – Cinco De Mayo – Local Music Show

VOL Presents:

On Saturday May, 5 2012, Scope Urban Apparel, Voices of Liberation, the Grassroots Grind Group and Spontaneous Celebrations are throwing a mega local music show as the after party for the 34th annual Wake Up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain.

The show will feature performacnes by: The Wonder Mics, Sweatshop, Retrospek, Dagha & Project Tree, Dom LaColla, Charmingly Ghetto, Mark Merren, GreyScale, Daniella, Cassius the 5th, Notoriety, MeTaL, O.T.O, Pause, Sofia Snow and Magno Garcia. Music by EvillDewer and hosted by Miss JayDee of Beats Rhymes and Life.

Saturday 5/5/12
Cinco De Mayo!

@ Spontaneous Celebrations
45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Doors Open 7:30

Cover: $10-20 Sliding Scale (Proceeds go to the Wake Up the Earth Festival)

RSVP via Facebook

Apr 5

Daily Show, showed footage taken from Precious Knowledge documentary

Hey, everyone,
Couldn’t resist passing this on…
When I sat down to eat my lunch today while watching last night’s Daily Show, I was surprised to see a segment on the banning of Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program.  I was even more surprised to see that most of the footage in it was taken from Precious Knowledge, a documentary I edited that will be on PBS next month.  It’s a funny segment–check it out!
Mar 31

4/6/12 – TOWN HALL FORUM JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON “The Attack on Black Men & Boys” Stop S. Bill 661 H. Bill 1568

RSVP via Facebook

“The Attack on Black Men & Boys”

Stop S. Bill 661 H. Bill 1568

@ Hibernian Hall (Dudley Sq)
FRIDAY APRIL 6th 6-8pm

Topics to be addressed:

* Trayvon Martin case: Justice for Trayvon
* Cases of violence against Black Men throughout the US; Lynchings, Draggings, etc.
* Racist Rhetoric, Racial profiling, Police Brutality, Murders, Violence, Mass Incarceration
* ACTION ITEM: Stop SB 661 HB 1568 which are the “Stand Your Ground Laws” currently being proposed in MA
* ACTION ITEM: THURS. APRIL, 12th RALLY & LOBBY DAY – Meet at Boston Commons Bandstand 11AM

For More Info


Mar 22

BOSTON Schedule – 4th Annual National Feed The People (FTP) Weekend March 24 & 25

Here is the plan….
On Sat. March 24th and Sun. March 25th

El Movimiento, Voices of LiberationThe Blackstonian and Occupy The Hood Boston is joining the efforts of the FTP Movement in its
4th Annual National Feed The People (FTP) Weekend

The mission is simple: We will spend these 2 days feeding those in need.

How will we do that?

On SATURDAY We will feed from a stationary location as a home base – Charles St. AME church 551 Warren St.

a) Beginning at 9am we will be at the Charles St. AME church preparing food and cooking.
If you are available to help please come ready to cut, chop, slice, package food, serve food, etc.

b) We will feed any needy or homeless people who come to Charles St. AME from 12 noon – 2 pm

c) All throughout the day and night we will be hand delivering meals throughout Boston to locations where there are homeless and needy people and hand deliver a plate to them. Please see video if you are confused

On SUNDAY March 25

We will focus strictly on distributing food and will be hand delivering meals throughout Boston to locations where there are homeless and needy people and hand deliver a plate to them.

How can you get involved?

a) donate money or canned or non-perishable food items

b) If you cook your own dish (example: aluminum tray of mac & cheese)
please bring it to Charles St. AME between 11 am – 2 pm so we can portion it out and make plates.

c) Make deliveries: we need people with cars who are willing to drive around Boston to locations where there are homeless and needy people and hand deliver a plate to them.

Here is the Flyer…