ARE-LA Librotraficante Caravan

posted Mar 1, 2012, 12:03 AM by Antonio Martinez

ARE-LA Librotraficante Caravan

  In solidarity with the teachers of Tucson "Unified" School District, the Association of Raza Educators - Los Angeles will take copies of banned books into Arizona joining the national Librotraficante ( call out with delegations from Texas, New Mexico, New York, California and other areas.


The current political reality in Arizona is a testament to the way white-racist-oppression seeks to reinforce itself in the name of "colorblindness". The dismantling of the Tucson Chicano Studies program will allow white privilege to continue to run its course -- and  while this is happening, folks of color are denied the opportunity to develop knowledge of self within the classroom. This is not just happening to Raza - people of color are being held back from building solidarity with all oppressed people. Carter G. Woodson sums it up best, "When you control a person's thinking you do not have to worry about their actions." The policies in Arizona targeting our youth are but one way white-racist-oppression continues today.


The ARE-LA caravan will leave for Arizona on Friday 3/16 and return Sunday 3/18

Departing from Crenshaw High School, 8th ave @ 50th street (street parking available)

Destination: Tucson, AZ, Saturday 7 PM: Literary Showcase,  featuring the Padrinos y Madrinas of Mexican American Literature

Contact info:

This event is co-sponsored by GSAE of UCLA

School to Prison Pipeline Community Forum

posted Feb 22, 2012, 1:19 AM by A.R.E. Los Angeles

Join Parents, Teachers, Students and families for the

"The School to Prison Pipeline" Community Forum
Get informed by students, and speakers about how schools are connected
to the prison pipeline.

Wednesday February 22nd
Central Region High school
300 e. 53rd st
Los Angeles CA 90011

More than 30% of Latino and African American Students are likely to go to prison.
More than 60% of Latinos and African Americans do not finish high school.
What is the relationship between schools and prisons?
Find out what you can do to avoid these obstacles.
This event is being co-sponsored by Raza Educators LA and Rise YouthGroup

ARE-LA’s teacher inquiry group presents Dr. K. Wayne Yang

posted Feb 9, 2012, 10:24 PM by Antonio Martinez   [ updated Feb 25, 2012, 9:53 PM ]

ARE-LA’s teacher inquiry group presents a talk on 
developing a decolonizing pedagogy by
UCSD professor of Ethnic Studies 

Dr. K. Wayne Yang 

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2012

TIME: 11a-1p

*this event is for ARE members plus one guest


1. Huey Newton's "Freedom" (attached)
2. Sandy Grande's Red Pedagogy, Chapter 1, especially the section on "Critical Pedagogy and its Discontents" (attached)
3. La Paperson, "The post-colonial ghetto". Kind of long and not for the faint of heart. But if folks are interested in thinking about ghetto colonialism with respect to other colonialisms, and the role of education, they can download it here.


Dr. Yang’s work transgresses the line between scholarship and community, as evidenced by his involvement in urban education and community organizing. He was the co-founder of the Avenues Project, a non-profit youth development organization, and also the co-founder of East Oakland Community High School. He also worked in school system reform as part of Oakland Unified School District’s Office of School Reform. An accomplished educator, Dr. Yang has taught high school in Oakland, California for over 15 years and received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010.

His research focuses on the role of youth popular culture and pedagogy in the emergence of social movements. He is currently writing a book, Organizing the Common Sense: Popular Culture and Urban School Reform, which examines strategies for organizing in education across three landscapes: youth, community, and bureaucracy.

posted Jan 30, 2012, 8:35 PM by Antonio Martinez   [ updated Mar 5, 2012, 12:11 AM ]

Association of Raza Educators Annual Conference:

posted Jan 19, 2012, 1:11 AM by A.R.E. Los Angeles

¡Aqui Estamos, Educamos, Transformamos y No Nos Vamos!
Attend the largest and most important annual gathering 
of progressive 
 Educators in the United States
6th Annual
Association of Raza Educators (ARE) Conference 
APRIL 14th, 2011
Lincoln High School
San Diego, CA

Keynote Speakers:
• Sean Arce: Teacher, Mexican American Studies Program, Tucson, AZ. Sean is currently one of the principle organizers in the fight to save the Mexican American Studies in the Tucson City Schools.
• Maria Reyes: Freedom Writers Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. Maria was portrayed as one of the main characters in the movie, Freedom Writers.
Conference Topics Will Include:
  • Critical Pedagogy: Theory and Practice
  • Media and Education
  • Immigration and Its Relationship to Education of Raza Youth
  • Role of Community In Education
  • Art and Culture
  • Educational Empowerment and Self-determination
  • Violence, Drugs, and Imprisonment of Raza Youth
  • The Struggle Against Cutbacks and Teacher Layoffs
  • Corporate Take Over and Privatization of Public Education
ALSO: There will be numerous vendors displaying/selling books, t-shirts, posters, Raza-Indigenous art, and more!
For more information, contact:

ARE-LA Reading Circle - Sat, Jan 7th at Locke HS at Noon

posted Dec 18, 2011, 6:24 PM by A.R.E. Los Angeles   [ updated Dec 23, 2011, 12:02 PM by Antonio Martinez ]

-Building a multiracial occupy movement from International Socialist worker

-Race and the occupy movement: the nation magazine

-Davey D: Editorial: Should we Occupy or Decolonize?

-Student debt and the occupy movement

Cornel West speech: Washington DC

Chairman Omali at Occupy Oakland

Focus/Discussion Questions: “Please try to ground yourself in the text”
(1) What role have/do/should people of color play(ed) in the occupy movement?
(2) How can we create a space within the broader movement for our own historical
(3) What is one specific point that is emphasized in the video that we think is imperative
to share with our students, our fellow educators, or people that we know in the
(4) Taking notes on ideas on how to formulate the ARE statement on the occupy
movement Person who is taking notes on drafting a statement?

ARE-LA Hip-Hop Benefit Show

posted Oct 25, 2011, 11:50 PM by Antonio Martinez

Performances by:
Olmeca (,
Bambu (
Cihuatl-Ce (

Dj Phatrick (
Magic Marker
Cee Brown (Bodega)
Glenn Red (Afro Funke/Eclectica)
Josh "gozar" Weiss (Subsuelo)
Son Zoo

The Association of Raza Educators is hosting its 3rd Annual Hip-Hop Benefit Show. All proceeds will go towards the A.R.E. Undocumented Student Scholarship Fund. Details available at

$10 pre-sale, $12 at the door, cash only please. 

Parking available at adjacent lot for $10; free street parking also available.

The Association of Raza Educators (A.R.E.) is determined to provide an education that is equitable to all, regardless of citizenship status. A.R.E. believes that all students deserve an opportunity to attend college without discrimination of any kind.

Each year A.R.E awards several undocumented graduating seniors and continuing college students with a scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected based on need and their commitment to their communities. Last year the Raza Education Fund awarded $6,000 to 6 undocumented students. This year it is our goal to raise $10,000 in scholarships. All of the funds that are awarded as scholarships are a result of donations from individuals.

ARE-LA presents a screening of Precious Knowledge

posted Oct 22, 2011, 2:26 PM by Antonio Martinez   [ updated Oct 22, 2011, 2:28 PM ]

ARE-LA presents a screening of 

Precious Knowledge
Date: Friday, November 4th
Time: 5:30p-8:00p
Location: Locke High School, 325 East 111th St., (in the Library)
Food will be provided
Suggested donation $5-$20 *no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Fundraiser for Tucson Save Ethnic Studies legal campaign

ARE Statement on the Enactment of the CA Dream Act and in Support of AB 131

posted Aug 16, 2011, 10:49 PM by A.R.E. Los Angeles   [ updated Aug 16, 2011, 10:52 PM ]

ARE Statement on the Enactment of the CA Dream Act and in Support of AB 131


August 15, 2011


"Many 'Dreamer' students are not aware of the true meaning of the CA Dream Act and the false promises of politicians and the media's presentation, lead people to believe that the signing of AB 130 is the passage of the CA Dream Act and the end of their oppressive financial realities. Unfortunately, it's a false hope because the CA Dream Act will not be completed until AB 131 is passed and signed by Gov. Brown, which would truly be a victory for the immigrant community." —Yohana H., Undocumented Student and Student Organizer.


On Tuesday, July 25, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 130, which is only one part of the California Dream Act. Contrary to political fervor, the CA Dream Act (AB 130) is limited in that it only provides "private funding" and does not make state grants such as Cal Grants or Board of Governor Fee Waivers (BOGFW) available to students who meet AB 540 law requirements[1]. AB 131, however, does make Cal Grants available to AB540 students, after non-AB540 students receive Cal Grant monies. Moreover, AB 131 modifies AB 540 law requirements, to include students who have completed only one year of high school, with the other two years in secondary education. 


Despite the fact that AB 131 limits state financial aid for undocumented youth to only those funds remaining after all resident students have received awards, A.R.E. nevertheless supports this bill, viewing it as a step in the right direction. A.R.E. strongly believes that undocumented youth should not be the last in line to benefit from these funds. We believe that education is a fundamental human right and we will continue to struggle until educational opportunities at all levels become a reality for all students, regardless of citizenship status. 


A.R.E. recognizes the efforts of Assemblyman Gil Cedillo for his tireless work in support of higher education for undocumented youth, and Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 130, but since there is no guarantee that universities or funders will oblige legislation, it is essential that the sister bill—Assembly Bill (AB) 131 pass.   


Currently, AB131 is held in 'suspense' in the Senate Appropriations Committee until August 26th. The Legislature has until September 9th to pass the bill, and the Governor has until September 30th to sign it into law.


Therefore, ARE will organize grassroots support with the goal of encouraging politicians in Sacramento and Governor Brown in passing AB 131; we will also educate our communities about the possibility of a real Dream legislation.



Association of Raza Educators

A.R.E: Support the CA Dream Act- AB 131

posted Aug 16, 2011, 1:53 AM by A.R.E. Los Angeles   [ updated Aug 16, 2011, 2:10 AM ]

Help urge the governor and state politicians of California to make this human right a reality

1- Sign the petition​tions/are-california-dream​-act

2- Write/call the governor and senators
Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841

Senate President Darrell Steinberg
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4006

Senator Christine Kehoe
2445 Fifth Ave., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 645-3133

Senator Mimi Walters
24031 El Toro Rd. Suite 210
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 457-7333

The Association of Raza Educators (A.R.E.) applauds the efforts of Assemblyman Gil Cedillo for his tireless work in support of higher education for undocumented youth, and Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 130, which allows universities to open private scholarships to undocumented youth. However, since there is no guarantee that universities will oblige legislators, it is essential that the sister bill—Assembly Bill (AB) 131—be pulled out of suspense from the Senate Appropriations committee and signed by the governor, as well.

The Association of Raza Educators (A.R.E.) was established to uphold the rights and liberties of the Raza community. Education is essential to the preservation of civil and human rights and provides the foundation for all political and economic progress. Education must be a basic right of all people regardless of citizenship status, and making this right a reality is the fundamental objective of A.R.E.

As educators, the Association of Raza Educators recognizes that many of our brightest students struggle to receive a higher education because they are not eligible for federal financial aid and many scholarships because of their citizenship status. ARE recognizes the need to provide funding and thus created the ARE Undocumented Student Scholarship, which has awarded nearly $80,000 in scholarships across California. However, this grassroots effort is not nearly enough for the estimated 25,000 undocumented students that graduate from high school in California each year.

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