Cronicas De La Raza 15 September 2009 – KPFA FM

Posted onSeptember 15, 2009

Tonight’s program highlights NACLA (the North American Congress on Latin America) its magazine editors and writers known for their fine tuned political analysis, as well as News Headlines from the Americas and the word from the The Streets of Aztlan. The Cuban Cowboys discuss their new Cuban Five song and we’ll hear some tracks from their upcoming CD. Escuchanse and Enjoy!

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Produced by Vanessa Bohm, Carmen Andrea Rivera, Ventura Mr Chuch Longoria, Clay “Ctone” Leander, Julieta Kusnir, Emiliano Echeverria and Nina Serrano.

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Latina Justice Historical Appointment Sonia Sotomayor

Posted onSeptember 15, 2009

The Institute for the Study of Societal Change’s (ISSI)
Center for Latino Policy Research
& The Berkeley Latino Policy Forum


Latina Justice:
The Historical Appointment of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor


María Blanco
Executive Director
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute
UC Berkeley, Law School


Melissa E. Murray
Assistant Professor of Law
UC Berkeley, Law School

Date and Time:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Shorb House
2547 Channing Way (Corner with Bowditch St.)
Berkeley, CA

Abstract: The appointment of Sonia Maria Sotomayor as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is historic. Serving since August 2009, Sotomayor is the Court’s 111th justice, its first Latina justice, and its third female justice.
The speakers will give insight about the debates that emerged with her nomination, her relation with the Obama Administration, the significance of her appointment and the challenges and opportunities that she now faces.

About the Speakers:
Maria Blanco serves as the Executive Director for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute. She served as executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women’s rights and racial justice. As executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee, Blanco launched initiatives to increase minority access to higher education, provide legal counsel for students in substandard schools, and convene African-American and Latino community leaders to discuss the impact of immigration reform. She regularly contributes to national and local media on school integration, the importance of an independent judiciary, and civil rights challenges in today’s security climate. Blanco is also the co-chair of the California Coalition for Civil Rights, a group dedicated to building a progressive national agenda for civil and human rights.

Blanco has successfully litigated pivotal civil rights cases, such as Davis v. San Francisco, which brought women for the first time into the San Francisco Fire Department; and Castrejon v. Tortilleria La Mejor, which established that undocumented workers are covered by federal anti-discrimination laws.

Melissa Murray is Assistant Professor UC Berkeley, Law School. She teaches family law and criminal law. Her research focuses on the roles that criminal law and family law play in articulating the legal parameters of intimate life. Prior to coming to Boalt, Murray served for two years as an associate in law at Columbia Law School.

Following law school, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Her recent publications include, “The Networked Family: Reframing the Legal Understanding of Caregiving and Caregivers” in the Virginia Law Review (2008), “Equal Rites and Equal Rights” in the California Law Review (2008), “Strange Bedfellows: Criminal Law, Family Law, and the Legal Regulation of Intimate Life” in the Iowa Law Review (2009), “Disestablishing the Family” in the Yale Law Journal (with A. Ristroph)
(forthcoming), and “Marriage Rights and Parental Rights: Parents, the State and Proposition 8” in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (forthcoming).

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Cronicas De La Raza 08 September 2009 – KPFA FM

Posted onSeptember 8, 2009

Tonight’s program highlights El Tecolote and Voices for Justice: The Legacy of Latino Journalism in the US, News Headlines from the Americas, the Streets of Aztlan and poetry by Avotcja accompanied by musician Val Savant.

Produced by Ventura Longoria, Emiliano Echeverria, Clay “C`Tone” Leander, Julieta Kusnir, Carmen Andrea Rivera, Vanessa Bohm and Nina Serrano.

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Cronicas De La Raza 01 September 2009 – KPFA FM

Posted onSeptember 1, 2009

La Raza Chronicles presents commentary by US political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, News Headlines from the Americas, messages from the Streets of Aztlan, a journey to the 3 Worlds Art Exhibit: Arias, Fuentes and Banjo, musica y mas.

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Prison Radio Project

Mission Cultural Center exhibit:

Produced by Vanessa Bohm, Ventura Longoria, Carmen Andrea Rivera, Emiliano Echeverria, Julieta Kusnir, Clay “C-Tone” Leander and Nina Serrano.

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MCCLA: Bohemian Night Soiree – 3 Worlds Exhibition – Arias, Fuentes, Banjo

Posted onSeptember 1, 2009
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For immediate release: 08/25/09


Sebastián Dávila: Events and Media Coordinator – MCCLA – 415 643 2796

Luis Arias Vera has had a working studio at MCCLA’s main gallery as part of the 3 Worlds Exhibition. Join us on September 12 for a fun night of live art when Luis Arias Vera gets together with some of his friends for a Bohemian Night Soiree.

Live Collaborative Painting
imagePaz de la Calzada
Todd Brown
Sue Matthews
Rene Yañez
Adrian Arias
Luis Arias Vera

La Tania and Aljibe Flamenco

Nadja Haas
Shelley Cook-Conterras

Nina Serrano

and much more…

Luis Arias Vera

imageIn 1987 Luis Arias Vera initiates his ” DANZAQ” Series. The subject-matter of his work has always showed us an artist intrigued by the deep value of his ancestors’ graphics, by the visual wealth of the images produced by pre-Columbian South American Cultures, signs and symbols that are increasingly getting more attention from researchers, historians and anthropologists because of the immense contribution that their careful study can provide to understand the level of development accomplished by these cultures.

In the case of Arias Vera, being Peruvian, his interests are focused on the Inca Culture and the pre-Inca Cultures, especially the Mochica Culture, which is where he comes from.

But for this artist, the playfulness, the magic and the myth that comes from the previously mentioned visual wealth, blends almost without intervals, with the time he has had to live in and its unavoidable problems.

We can perceive this in his current work, the insistence in searching for the balances that we have lost, that we have left aside, vainly attracted by the disturbing mirages with which current society tends to distract us in every step.

Since these signs, these symbols which Arias Vera uses are there, and they are getting more recognition every day, there is no better way of giving meaning to his work than this insistence in showing them, in exhibiting them within the amalgam that presupposes to be contemporary.

The work that Arias Vera presents at the MCCLA definitely aims to show with a very contemporary vision, the wealth and relevance of this system of symbols that he knows very well by inheritance.

Take a look at a video about Luis Arias Vera’s work here

The Bohemian Night Soiree is the third and last event in a series of special events related to the following exhibition:

Opening reception
Friday, August, 14th, 7-10pm $5

Luis Arias Vera
Juan R. Fuentes
Casper Banjo

Art Hazelwood
Rene Yañez

Works on view available for purchase.

Take a look at a video Mission Local made about the exhibition here

Curators Rene Yañez and Art Hazelwood have organized this exhibition which celebrates artists from three very different worlds and ties their work together through a series of events.

Art Hazelwood is paying tribute to African American artist Casper Banjo who was widely known in the Bay Area before he was tragically shot by Oakland Police last year. Banjo was known as the “Brick Man” for his use of bricks which he used in a surprising range of imagery. This memorial retrospective explores the breadth of his work.

Rene Yañez has put together the work of Luis Arias Vera and Juan Fuentes. Vera, born in Peru, and now living in Berkeley has strong ties in Spain where he has been commissioned to create a significant public art sculpture. He will present a body of paintings as well as the on site creation of new work in collaboration with his son Adrian Arias and other artists.

Fuentes has been a part of the Chicano poster movement since the early 1970s. He has created screenprint posters for countless community groups and political causes. He was director of MCCLA’s Mission Grafica screen print studio, from 1999 to 2007. Fuentes will be presenting linocuts and silkscreen prints and displaying sketches and photographs from his participation in a contingent of Bay Area artists visiting Peru.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
MCCLA is 1/2 block from the 24th Street BART Station
Muni: 14, 14L, 48, 49 & 67 and is wheelchair accessible

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(415) 821-1155

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of the Chicano, Mexican, Central and South American, and the Caribbean people.