On Saturday, January 31, MAAC Community Charter School will be hosting the Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro, a free popular education conference for middle school, high school and community college age youth. There will be workshops led by local and out-of-town facilitators on a diverse range of topics relating to self-determination, Zapatismo and defending human rights, as well as a speakers, entertainment and food (adults are kindly requested to sponsor a youth by donating $5 for their vegetarian catered lunch).
The Youth Encuentro is part of Enero Zapatista, a month-long series of politically and culturally conscious events in San Diego that commemorate the uprising of the Zapatistas in January 1994. It is organized by community groups and individuals and is currently in its eleventh year. We seek to continue the lucha/fight locally, globally, and glocally, always growing and reflecting towards “a world in which many worlds fit”!
The MAAC Community Charter School (MCCS) has spent the past 13 years aiming to meet the needs of “at-promise” students who have been marginalized or pushed out of traditional high schools. MCCS uses critical pedagogy, the arts, restorative justice and multiple youth development opportunities to engage non-traditional learners and support them in taking ownership of their educational path.
Enero Zapatista Youth Encuentro Schedule
9 -10 am Registration and Breakfast
10 – 10:45 am
Introduction to the MAAC by Tommy Ramirez, MCCS Dean of Students
Introduction to Zapatismo and Keynote Speaker by MCCS ACLU GO! Students
Keynote Speech by Norma Chavez, Director ACLU
Musical Inspiration by Chunky Sanchez
10:45 am – 12 pm Morning workshop session
Before You Enlist – The Real Deal on Joining the Military by Project YANO (Project on Youth & Non-Military Opportunities)
Arte en Acción / Art in Action by Chunky Sanchez
Zapatismo Poetry: Social Justice Poetry from Below by Jim Moreno (La Gracia)
Indigenous Resistance through Ceremony and Running by Peace and Dignity Journeys
Design for Social Change: Radical Political Stenciling by XALE
Immigrant Rights for Youth by ACLU
12 – 1 pm Lunch with entertainment by Trash Axis, politically-conscious folk punk
1 – 2:15 pm Afternoon workshop session
Urban Gardening: Utilizing Herbs for Healing & Seedbombs by Greely Gardens & Joanna Yanez
If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want Your Revolution: Protest Music by Forest Borie, Charlie Mejia and James Cameron
Zapatismo & Transformative Organizing by Olmeca
Global Resistance to Neoliberal Capitalism through Ilustration and Popular Education by the Beehive Collective
Know Your Rights with the Police and ICE by ACLU GO!
Chicano Park: Past, Present and Future by Hector Villegas (Chicano Park Steering Committee)
2:15 – 2:30 pm Sendoff/Call to Action
Performances by Olmeca and MCCS student musicians