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The UCSD Community and Labor Project provides critical support to labor and social justice issues and is forging deep partnerships between the university and community-based organizations. It is a brave space for students to learn about activism and participate in the movement for social and economic justice. The UCSD Community and Labor Project’s programs encourage young people to dedicate their lives to social change and become the next generation of social and economic justice leaders.

Caravana contra la represión en México at UCSD

Speaking Tour 
Against the Repression in Mexico 
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This speaking tour is a collective effort to create solidarity with the different social struggles being waged in Mexico, and to denounce government repression towards social activists which takes the form of forced disappearances, assassinations, political imprisonments, land grabs, feminicide, and other forms of violence. The Caravana also denounces and demands an end to the Merida Initiative. From October 18th through November 18th, a group of representatives of 7 social movements will tour several U.S. cities making this denunciation and promoting solidarity. The speaking tour is composed of representatives of the following groups: Ayotzinapa students; Parent Assembly of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa; the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE); San Quintin farm workers; May our Daughters Return Home (Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa) from Juarez City denouncing femicide; victims of the attack on the community of Nochixtlan, Oaxaca; and Xochicuautla, an Otomi community fighting mega-projects land grabbing against indigenous communities.

Transandean Lithium Project directed by professor Luis Martín Cabrera in colaboration with the Community and Labor Project. 

The Transandean Lithium Project (TLP) seeks to document the voices of the indigenous communities living in the Salt-lakes regions of Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. This transnational region contains around 80% of the world lithium reserves. The final product of this research is an interactive digital website with maps, documents and visual testimonies of the inhabitants of these territories. A digital and multiethnic research endeavor, it brings together humanities, social sciences and biosciences to address the challenges and conflicts between technological progress and the preservation of the planet and the ancestral knowledges of indigenous people. The investigation includes the oral histories of the indigenous communities front and center, but it also contains interviews with scientist, historians, anthropologists and other experts in order to weave together a multifarious narrative of lithium extraction and its relation to indigenous communities. 

The Transandean Lithium Projec is directed by Professor Luis Martín-Cabrera with the support of the “Public Engagement Fellowship” from the Whiting Foundation in colaboration with the Community and Labor Project. 

Our Faculty Advisor, Professor Dennis Childs presents his book


 Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary

Professor Dennis Childs argues that the incarceration of black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery. With more than 2.3 million people in the country’s jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers, Childs exposes slavery as a continuing social reality of U.S. empire.

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Testimony by Gloria Gracida about the San Quintín Valley Farmworkers Struggle and conditions.

She is a special commissioner outside Mexico to promote the boycott against Driscoll's and to carry the message to the United States. Gloria Gracida is a middle school teacher born in Oaxaca but grew up in San Quintín. She began working in the fields when she was 10 and witnessed all the injustices against women and children that also worked in the fields.

Gloria Gracida Martínez ofrece testimonio para la communidad de San Diego en relacion a la lucha de los jornaleros del Valle de San Quintín.

Ella es comisionada especial fuera de México para hablar del boicot contra Driscoll´s y llevar el mensaje a la communidad Estado Unidense. Gloria es maestro de primaria, nación en Oaxaca pero creció en San Quintín. Ella comenzó a trabajar en los campos cuando tenía 10 años y fue testigo de todas las injusticias que pasaban las mujeres y niños que igual que ella trabajaban en los campos agrícolas.

Friday, May 6, 6 pm 2015
Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92101 
Balboa Park