Indigenous Rights are Human Rights – From Oaxaca to Aztlan

Arts for Action – together with the MEChA’s from Ventura College, Oxnard College, CSUCI, and the Multicultural, Women’s and Gender Student Center at CSUCI – present the return of Simon Sedillo’s speaking tour.

Self Determination and Community Rights Defense
Neoliberalism, Militarism, and Some Challenges of Solidarity

Simón Sedillo has spent the last six years practicing and teaching community based video documentation in communities in resistance in the US and Mexico. Sedillo will share some experiences and perspectives on the local and global implications of the peoples’ struggle in Oaxaca. Through this multi-media workshop Sedillo helps open a powerful space for dialog on the effects of neoliberalism and militarism on indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and poor people everywhere. Sedillo finally presents audiences with basic challenges to aid and charity based solidarity in communities who are struggling for self determination.

Tuesday, October 28th, 7pm at Oxnard College Student Lounge. Hosted by Oxnard College MEChA.  Oxnard Event Flier (PDF)

Wednesday, October 29th, 12-2pm at Ventura College, Guthry Hall. Hosted by Ventura College MEChA. 

Wednesday, October 29th, 3-5pm at CSUCI, Broome Library Room 1360. Hosted by CSUCI MEChA and the Multicultural and Women’s & Gender Student Center. CSUCI Event Flier (PDF)

Wednesday, October 29th, 7pm at The LAB. (2818 E Vineyard Ave / Oxnard, CA 93036 / 805-485-2055) A multimedia presentation and Hip Hop show hosted by Revolution Graphics, Arts for Action and The LAB.


Oxnard Youth Film Festival

The Oxnard Youth Film Festival will be taking place this Friday and Saturday.  Unfortunately, registration for workshops is now closed.

Friday, October 17th at 7PM, A screening of film festival submissions at Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West 5th Street, Downtown Oxnard.

Saturday, October 18th, 8:30am-2pm, A full day of video production workshops, including:

  • Andres Orozco – Directing – Sessions 1 & 2
  • Ernie Vasquez & co.– Instant Filmmaking – Sessions 1, 2 & 3
  • Nelson Recimos – Pitching – Sessions 2 & 3
  • Terry Schulenbury – Final Cut Editing – Sessions 2 & 3
  • Arts for Action – Storyboarding – Sessions 1 & 2
  • Luis Alba – Acting for Film and TV – Sessions 1 & 3

Here is a description of our workshop:

Between Hammers and Cameras – Visions for Social Justice Film Making
Arts for Action offers a one hour hands on workshop about the principles of community-based media and the imagination involved in pre-production. We will also explain the possibilities for integrating social justice organizing and media arts. Participants will make their own storyboards, which will be considered for production and TV release.

Take Action Against Proposition 6

I don’t think Dr. King would endorse any of us. I think what he would call upon the American people to do is to hold us accountable… I believe change does not happen from the top down, it happens from the bottom up. Dr. King understood that.

– Barack Obama, January 21st CNN Democratic Debate

Arts for action believes that a profound democracy requires more popular participation than the occasional voting opportunities that are offered throughout the year.  Don’t get us wrong, voting is both crucial and easy to do.  However, we maintain that our vision for justice will never fit in those small ballot boxes.

This election season, we challenge you to vote AND take community action.

On October 12th, 2008, from 3-5pm at Oxnard High School — Take a stand for immigrant rights, youth rights, and environmental justice.

At this public meeting, over a thousand community members will be forcing our elected representatives to make commitments to protect youth, immigrants and the environment.

Make your voice heard and spread the word!

Here is a flier you can use to promote the October 12th Action – OCTOBER 12 – halfsheet fliers

Here are some voting tips for some of the most pressing state propositions on the November 4th ballot:

  • No on Prop 1 – Because we must first improve public transit for commuters before wasting money on luxury travel.
  • No on Prop 4 – Because a woman has the right to choose and we should not push young pregnant women into a dangerous and life threatening underground economy.
  • Yes on Prop 5 – Because the majority of the people locked up in California’s over crowded prison industrial complex are there for non-violent drug related offenses.  Drug Addiction is an illness that should be treated and rehabilitation is a long term solution to crime prevention.
  • No on Prop 6 Because our children deserve education, not encarceration.  We oppose the criminalization of youth and immigrants. This is one of the most dangerous propositions on the November 4th ballot. It will take over $1 billion out of education and social services and use it to build more prisons. It will also make it easier to charge 14 year olds as adults, push working families out of affordable housing, expand gang injunction laws and allow courts to use heresay comments instead of concrete evidence. Here is a flier that you can use to raise people’s awareness about Proposition 6 (P-6 information sheets).
  • No on Prop 8 – Because no one has a right to limit who or how you love. Queer people have as much of a right to get married as anyone else.
  • No on Prop 9 – Because California’s prisons are already overcrowded. The prison industrial complex is a way for politicians and businessmen to make their carriers at the expense of tax payers and the victims of incarceration.