On Saturday October 22nd, almost 300 students from every high school in the Long Beach Unified School District and from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, convened for the Ethnic Studies conference (Re)Discovering, Re-Membering and Empowering Ourselves at California State University, Long Beach.
This was the third semi-annual conference hosted by the LBUSD-CSULB Long Beach Ethnic Studies Initiative, and the program was packed with 2 keynote speakers, incredible panels, student presentations, workshops, and performances for the students to learn from and enjoy.
The documentary Legacy and Leadership: The Long Beach Ethnic Studies Program (LB-ESP) features how the LBUSD offers their students the opportunity to take tuition-free college credit Ethnic Studies courses while in High School. The Long Beach Ethnic Studies Program is a collaboration between the LBUSD and CSU Long Beach, building upon the Long Beach College Promise. The program offers 12 CSULB classes from 9am to 12noon on Saturdays at 6 of the LBUSD high schools, on Chicano and Latino Studies, Africana Studies, Asian American Studies and American Indian Studies.
We mourn the loss of Tom Hayden who was an incredible activist and political leader throughout his life, particularly known for his leadership against the Vietnam War.
We were honored to have Tom Hayden in attendance at our 2012 Seminar on California-Mexico Policy Issues, hosted by the the California-Mexico Studies Center and Seminario Permanente de Estudios Chicanos y de Fronteras (DEAS-INAH) at The University of California's Casa California on June 28 - 30, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. As a keynote speaker at the conference, he shared with us his experience and knowledge in a presentation titled, "Student Movements Since The 1960's to #YoSoy132."
We express our gratitude and condolences as we reflect on Tom Hayden's life and legacy.
See the articles from the LA Times and the NY Times below to learn more about this incredible leader.
'The radical inside the system': Tom Hayden, protester-turned-politician, dies at 76 (L.A. Times)
Tom Hayden, a 1960s radical who was in the vanguard of the movement to stop the Vietnam War and became one of the nation's best-known champions of liberal causes, has died in Santa Monica after a lengthy illness. He was 76.
Hayden vaulted into national politics in 1962 as lead author of a student manifesto that became the ideological foundation for demonstrations against the war.
Tom Hayden, Civil Rights and Antiwar Activist Turned Lawmaker, Dies at 76 (N.Y. Times)
Tom Hayden, who burst out of the 1960s counterculture as a radical leader of America's civil rights and antiwar movements, but rocked the boat more gently later in life with a progressive political agenda as an author and California state legislator, died on Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 76.
The California-Mexico Studies Center is a non-profit whose mission is to increase educational and professional exchange between higher educational institutions and cultural organizations in California and the US with Mexico and Western Hemisphere nations. Author's website Email the author