Youth Encuentro, Pre-Register TODAY!

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The Youth Encuentro is an opportunity for our community to learn more about itself, its history, its present condition, its challenges, and its dreams. The Youth Encuentro is also an opportunity for praxis – a space and a moment to unite intellectual development with action, activism, and civic participation.

The Encuentro will include workshops on media art production, a public forum for community based organizations, and a concert featuring politically conscious artists. The Youth Encuentro will be an opportunity to learn new art skills, develop relationships with local social justice organizations, and celebrate our cultures through music and dance. Through the Youth Encuentro, we plan to kick off a summer of arts and community empowerment.


The Youth Encuentro is open to everyone. No one will be turned away. But, we encourage you to pre-register for the workshops of your choice.



Oaxaca Resiste – Workshop Tour

APRIL 17, 3-4:30PM

Multimedia presentation & workshop about Oaxacan social movements, CODEP and APPO by Simon Sedillo. Hosted by Arts for Action and CSUCI Students and Faculty. At Cal State University Channel Islands, Room BT1302.

Multimedia presentation & workshop about Oaxacan social movements, CODEP, and APPO by Simon Sedillo. Hosted by Ventura College MEChA at Ventura College, Room G117.

“Paz Sin Justicia” Movie Screening & workshop by Simon Sedillo. Hosted by the Oxnard College MEChA at the Oxnard College Student Lounge.

CODEP places skills, cameras and editing equipment in the hands of indigenous communities in resistance, so that they can document their own histories and human rights situation.

Independent films – made by indigenous Mixteco communities from Oaxaca, Mexico. For autonomy and human rights. Against neo-liberalism and paramilitarism.

April Cine Libre

Thursday, April 3rd – 6pm

4225 Saviers Road, Suite 2
Oxnard, CA 93033

CODEP places skills, cameras and editing equipment in the hands of indigenous communities in resistance, so that they can document their own histories and human rights situation.

Simon Sedillo is coming to Ventura County to offer movie screenings and workshops about: Neo-liberalism; Paramilitarism; Mesoamerican indigenous principles of unity and reistance; Alternative Media Tactics; The Oaxacan People’s Popular Assembly (APPO) 2006-2007; The Oaxcan Anti-neoliberal Popular Magonista Coordination (COMPA) 2002 – 2007; The Committee in Defense of the People’s Rights (CODEP) 27 years of Oaxacan Resistance; AND The effects of the neoliberal political economy on immigrant communities and communities of color in the US.

A Walk for Justice

walk for justice

By Joseph Cortez


The first Walk for Justice was held on March 31, 2006. During this time was when all the walkouts were happening all over California to protest the immigration bill, HR 4437. Local youth in Oxnard formed an organization, SOMOS RAZA, which was a project of Union Del Barrio, to organize and aware the youth of what is happening around the country that affects us and our family. Walkouts were happening everyday, which led to having a meeting at a local café, Tonalli, which has been closed down now. The meeting was to discuss a more organized approach on this HR 4437 bill. They decided to organize an after school march from the high schools to the Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard.


The students themselves wrote a Press Release and informed local newspapers, radio and TV News Stations. Somos Raza also received help from better known Organizations. Flyers were created and passed out at the local high schools and Ma and Pa businesses. With only 3 days to organize, the youth worked hard and accomplished their set goals.


After the school bells rang the students met in front of their high schools and marched to the plaza park. Every school marched and met, including Rio Mesa. After all schools arrived the students proceeded to have a Rally with selected student and teacher speakers. Once the speakers ended, The youth marched around the park a few times chanting then marched to the Café On A where there was an Open Mic held with Poetry, Music and more speeches. Everybody was united, meeting new people, and listening to their stories. History was made.


Due to the success of the Walk for Justice, Somos Raza continued to have a March once a year on the last Friday of the month of March. The 2nd Annual Walk for Justice landed on March 30th, 2007. The selected theme was Immigration, Education, and Anti-War. This event was also a success. The 2006 walk for justice was around the walkouts so it did have more people than 2007, but there were still many people. Hueneme High School (HHS) must get a round of applause. HHS was let out at Noon and marched for about 5 hours before reaching the Plaza Park. Somos Raza closed the night with another annual Walk for Justice Open Mic, which had a Live DJ, Bands and Poets.


So it is that time again and Somos Raza does plan to have the 3rd Annual Walk for Justice. They are currently organizing it and getting outreach. Somos Raza invites you to join them for the Walk for Justice on March 28, 2008. The topics that will be marched for and discussed will be WAR: Anti-Globalization, Neo-liberalism, and the working class pride. The March will start when each of the High School bells ring. The rally will start possibly at 4:30. Also we invite you to join us at the Open Mic at the Café on A, following the March and Rally. The Café on A is located in back of the Plaza Cinemas on A Street. ORGANIZE and PARTICIPATE!





Declaracion Contra el Tratado de Libre Comercio y La Migra

FCR Poster
Frente Contra Las Redadas (FCR)
is a coalition of community based organizations , formed formed in response to the violent attacks of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) against immigrant communities of Los Angeles and Oxnard, California. On January 1st, 2008 – thirteen years after the signing of NAFTA and the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico – FCR released a public declaration against neo-liberalism and against the Migra.

Declaracion Contra el Tratado de Libre Comercio y La Migra

A Las Comunidades en Resistencia a la Explotacion y Opresion
A Las Comunidades en Lucha por la Dignidad y Auto-Determinacion de los Pueblos Indigenas
A Todas las Comunidades del Mundo

Nosotros somos el Frente Contra las Redadas del Condado de Ventura. Somos una red de organizaciones, colectivos y individuos que se formo en el 2007 cuando Union del Barrio, una de las organizaciones por la Liberacion Mexicana con mas historia al norte de la frontera de EEUU/Mexico hizo un llamado por la unidad y resistencia organizada en contra de la incrementacion de leyes racistas y del terror causado por La Migra contra migrantes.

Ahora, el Primero de Enero 2008 el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) entra a su paso final de implementacion. En TLC, desde su incepcion, tenia como su meta a apoyar al las Corporaciones Agricolas e Industriales Estadounidenses a tomar control sobre los mercados de Mexico y destruir los pequeños campos y industrias nacionales. Esto a causado que millones de Raza sea desplazada y sin trabajo se mueva a las ciudades o migrar hacia lo que hoy es los Estados Unidos o Canada.


VC REPORTER Visits Capoeira Class

Physical History


By: JennyLower

Capoeira Batuque teaches Ventura County students about Brazilian culture, the power of movement and the art of falling down well

It is Tuesday night at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, and capoeira student and instructor Michael Shuman is standing on his head. Against a backdrop of vivid murals celebrating Ventura County’s historical Tortilla Flats neighborhood and the thousands of Mexican, Asian and European residents displaced by the building of the 101 Freeway, 10 students stand in a roda, or circle, clapping and chanting in time to drums and tambourines. In the center, Shuman, still supporting his weight on his head, has leveraged both legs perpendicular to the floor to kick at his opponent. He fails to make contact. So Shuman rolls out of the headstand and into a tesoura, or scissor kick, propelling his body along the floor with both arms while his legs skim across the ground, finally trapping his opponent’s feet between his own. The other player trips, and Shuman calls the game. They stand up, shake hands and rejoin the circle.