LBCC – We The People: Teach-In Series “Resistance Social Movements”

LBCC – We The People: Teach-In Series “Resistance Social Movements”


I want to introduce you to Professor
hund she is a professor of sociology here at Long Beach City College and
she’s going to be giving us a short presentation about social movements and
before we get started with our panelists so please give up a hand for all right good afternoon thank you for
taking the time to join us this afternoon I think we have at least four
classes that are participating in this democracy exercise today so again the
topic for today’s event is resistance social movements and before we get to
our panelists would like to actually before we even go to my next slide I
would like to see if anyone would like to share what briefly 30 seconds or less
what you would like to hear or to receive from today’s discussion on
resistance social movements any brave souls out there what would you like to
hear what would you like to be discussed this was request from one of our
panelists that we find out from you yes you can come to the mic real quick if
you like great anyone else great all right thank you
so again please sign in if you’re a student on campus I signed it on one of
the sheets as you enter in the door I also want to say thank you to student
equity funds that actually provided the lunch for us all here today student
equity is basically yes thank you student equity is dedicated to
eliminating achievement gaps at Long Beach City College and encouraging the
institution to give everything that students need to be successful in their
courses and in their degree and certificate completion at Long Beach
City College and I also want to say thank you to the Social Sciences
Division which has sponsored the We the People series this is the first event
for this spring we will be having a second event I believe on matey and that
topic I believe will sort of continue with this one it’s gonna focus I believe
on the blowouts or walk outs from 1968 in the local la high schools and also in
music and art flair to that one so again thanks also to my co-instructor
professor Estrada for agreeing to allow us to bring our class to be a part of
this discussion today so thank you so much I have some quiz questions for you
as we get started and I have two prizes in my pocket really really simple prizes
so this is a litmus test I guess about how honest you are so number one fill in
the blank was a Shawnee chief for the resisted against British colonialism in
the Eastern us aiming to create a pan Indian
movement against the encroach encroaching in Anglo euro-americans Takuma is the correct answer maybe
somebody else had the correct answer to okay so we’ve got five if you get all
five you get one of the beautiful prizes here in my hand I number two journalists
fill in the blank this journalist led the anti-lynching campaign in the late
1800s through early 1900s influencing public opinion and awareness of often
state sanctioned killings of African Americans I see a hand back there and
she’s going for two for two so what do you got okay see I to be Wells all right
and then number three southern legislators such as this Alabama
governor resisted the enforcement of Brown versus Topeka Board of Education
by the way Linda Brown just passed away in 1954 by declaring segregation now
segregation forever the George Wallace correct answer is that what you were
going to say probably right okay number four the first walkouts in East
LA high schools occurred in what year I believe I just told you that to resist
an english-only curriculum lack of Latin ex teachers and a Eurocentric curriculum
C 1968 last question fill in the blank resisted Hitler’s Third Reich in Germany
by writing and leaf living a document that challenged the fascist German
government acknowledging that every honest German is ashamed of their
government she knows what is it oh it is not deep
hey it is the White Rose Society anybody like feel like you one got close to it
did you get them all right okay we’re just coming in if the pin says building
unity with you you got at least four out of five and you were you know vocal do
you want the other pin same thing anybody want a pin building unity with
you okay come grab it we would first come
first serve there we go great all right so I’m a sociologist I
want to give us a little sociological foundation before we hear from our
panelists today and so kind of a long quote from this guy named C wright mills
any sociology students out there have you heard that a B for C right mills
okay yet men or women and his time he wasn’t thinking about women but anyway
they do not usually define the troubles they endure in terms of historical
change and institutional contradiction the well-being they enjoy they do not
usually impute to the big ups and downs of the societies in which they live
sell them aware of the intricate connection between the pattern of their
own lives and the course of world street ordinary men and women do not
usually know what this connection means for the kinds of people they are
becoming and for the kinds of history making in which they might take part see
right now said they do not possess the quality of mind essential to grasp the
interplay of man and society of biography and history of self and world
part of the reason of doing this presentation is to help you all you know
kind of focus a little bit on the historical time period that we’re
sharing together and how that is shaping the course of not only US history world
history by your history right connecting you to the period we’re living we’re all
living in so defining social movements right so James henslin sociologist
defines social movement as a large number of people organized to promote or
resist social change or the existing social order we are gathered here today
to talk more about resistance social movements but in the context we probably
need to realize that for every resistance social movement there’s
probably a counter movement that’s organizing against the resistance or you
know against the interest of the resistors so resistance social movements
can be understood as reactive they’re reacting to some condition of society
that is changing so think about like what a resistance movements today what
are they reacting to right what kind of change our groups reacting to today
Stephen Barkin and other sociologists defines that resistance social movements
seek to prevent or undo change to the social structure everything about social
movements is about bringing on change or resisting that changed so a little more depth from sociology so
one of the key concepts that sociologists might convey is the
distinction between individual agency that’s like our personal abilities our
personal choices versus the larger social structure that we find ourselves
living in so as individuals we are limited in our ability to make societal
changes that we would like there are massive social forces that make change
difficult would any of you agree with that we might want things to change but
there are bigger things out there that keep us from achieving the change we
would like to see right so these social forces include things like government
powerful organizations what are other powerful organizations that might
prevent the change from happening that you would want to see throw it out there
the NRA lobbyist I heard Koch brothers corporations way PACs and super PACs lobbyists mm-hmm a
lot of political economic answers they’re just along the lines of see
right mills all right so as individuals protes protesting to officials we have
minimal power but if we combine with others who share our convictions we
organize ourselves and we map out a course of action we just may be able to
bring about the changes that we’re looking for through participation in a
social movement we can break through the social constraints that might overwhelm
us as individuals so I want to give an example here of two
social movements today that you know at first glance you might not see that
there’s a connection between these two one is black lives matter and the other
one is three fifty.org have you heard of how many of you have heard of black
lives matter how many of you’ve heard of three fifty.org
you are of you right so we’ve got a brand new club at Long Beach City
College dedicated to this and it’s an environmental based Club that’s really
pursuing environmental justice but very specifically a divestment in fossil
fuels so here we got black lives matter three fifty.org you might look at those
two and say what on earth do those two things have to do with each other so the best of clans apparently was
clicked out so I probably did that let’s try this again hey guys how’s it going
today I’m going to show well of course that means you to Maddie let me show you
guys how I did it okay so what I’m about to play for you is a
video that was streamed here at Long Beach City College in January
put on by three fifty.org and well-known people like Bernie Sanders Bill McKibben
and then Reverend Lenox were part of this and it was an amazing presentation
about all these individuals trying to make change but collectively sort of
under the lens of 350.org and so I just want to play a short clip of Reverend
Lenox reminding us about connections between social movement organizations and Bill McKibben of 350.org thank you
all very much you tell him you tell him you can do better than that this make
some noise for senator Bernie Sanders so before we get started let me say this
as you can see from my head I actually want to start by giving honor to one all
of the amazing climate activists like Berta Caceres who gave their lives for
this movement and for an amazing equity freedom fighter warrior my friend Erica
garner and those things those things are connected for those who are watching who
may not know that aragon his father was was killed by the new york police
department and an illegal chokehold and when he saw him his last words where i
can’t breathe and erica has sprung up what’s the connection with the climate
though is that even if he hadn’t been shows regarding the pollution and his
world had an effort air quality is that Eric garner and all his children had
asthma and so even for him and then when Erica died she had an asthma attack
which then created a heart attack was put in a coma when she died at 27 just
one month ago so I want to lead off with that because these things are connected
and so with that you know I just want to thank all of them challenging us right to start to see the
connections between social movements that we might not see until we’re
assisted in seeing so as we get ready for our panelists here today I want you
to try to see if you can make connections between each of the
movements that they they also represent okay so some history brief history
references so I said earlier that any time you’re going to see a resistant
social movement you probably have another social movement on the opposite
side of the continuum that’s pushing for the opposite type of change or that’s
resisting whatever the other group wants just some examples of resistance
movements right so the anti-lynching campaign led by what was that journal
listening I to be Wells right so she led a resistance movement started with
herself and then it developed into a larger of media movement against
basically the KKK and the vigilante groups of that time the White Rose
Society who were they resisting against Hitler’s Third Reich the anti-apartheid
movement started in the 60s and went all the way to what 1993 I think who were
they resisting where was apartheid being practiced South Africa right so Nelson
Mandela spent many years of his adult life in prison right but they were kind
of resisting and there’s a message there sometimes resistance movements take a
really long time to get the change that they’re looking for the anti-vietnam War
protests took place on college campuses last century you know opposing the u.s.
involvement in the war Chicano moratorium kind of picking up on that
also Chicano activists who were opposed to Chicanos involvement in Vietnam war
those are sort of on the political left spectrum but then you can also identify
political rights resistance movements right so the KKK established in 1866
right after slavery was abolished what were they resisting the end of slavery right I wanted to go
back to business as usual the anti-choice movement kicked off
large-scale in 1973 what were they resisting abortion rights which was that
Supreme Court decision roe v wade the Minutemen militia a vigilante group at
the border particularly states like Arizona Texas California what were they
resisting immigration right kind of somewhat porous border southern border
anti-marriage equality activist I took their movement in 2007 what were they
rallying against what was that proposition in California Prop 8 right
so resisting against prop 8 the tea party kicked off on a national scale in
2009 what were they resisting and more specifically they were resisting Obama
and any of his efforts right but the guys that as the federal spending right
so how might we use any sociological theories to sort of think about
movements on the left or on the right or even making connections between
movements one theory is called frame alignment process and it’s an ongoing
and intentional means of recruiting people into a movement which relies on
how the movement is framed how its presented to others the language used in
framing you think framing happens around us in the year 2018 movements might be
framed positively or negative and it might inspire our participation or lack
thereof so for potential stages of a framing alignment process bridging it
brings uninvolved people or ineffective groups together
and it encourages a larger movement and there that might lead to amplification
you expand ideas to even a wider audience which further enlarges the
movement again extending the efforts sympathetic movement support each other
which grows the strength of movements ultimately the framing and alignment
process suggests that we transform a society right we have a complete
revision of goals once a movement has achieved its a goals right so like you
like have to you know go bigger than that or you know go a different
direction if the framing has been successful in promoting change just
quick any ideas what groups or individuals or mediums might frame
social movements today right okay exactly and so who’s who’s
involved in framing these movements to help them grow or perhaps to squash them
what forms of media all forms of media you could say corporate media
independent media social media did I see another hand over here mm-hmm you’re
right special in special interest groups frame their issues in the way that they
want the public to see them right so you might see competing special interest
groups compete their move or frame their movements very differently
another theory to get us thinking is intersectionality so a couple of
sociologist Margaret Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins set the stage for
intersectionality that kimberlé crenshaw and others have built upon so they’re
just reminding us that you know sometimes there are groups of people
individuals and groups that might be obscured from our view right that we
don’t get it hear from right and disproportionately they argue that that
poor people are in that group women might be in that group people of color
might be in that group right and so you know how then are we understanding their
experiences right if their experiences haven’t been framed for us and they
argue that often how we see these groups might be in a distorted way from
somebody else’s efforts at framing they remind us that race class and gender
impact all of our lives sometimes more obvious than others and
they urge us to develop a more inclusive framework may we include more people at
the table by asking that question how world look differently if we put their
experiences front and center take them from the margins and put them
front and center that that becomes what we’re looking at right that’s not an
after five George Takei you might know his voice from what was at Star Trek
right so an activist so an activist in the current resistance but he has
allegiances to the asian-american and LGBTQ communities he says he’s been
borne witness to some of the most egregious
and justices and tragedies of our national history do you know what he’s
talking about there his parents were interned I believe
during World War two right japanese-americans where both the public
and the politicians turned against us to devastating effect
and then fast-forwarding this is a quote after the 2016 election from Takei he
says in today’s political environment we find ourselves again Outsiders forming a
core of those opposed to the powers in Washington and in many of our state
capitals it is axiomatic that little worth fighting for has ever come without
a fight we truly have grown stronger together and with each new assault upon
our dignity and humanity we will grow stronger so welcome to the resistance he
says it’s where the next heroes of our movement will emerge be ready be
vigilant and be strong LA Times about one year ago did a series
on the dishonest president and they pose the question will the system they define
the system as the courts the Constitution Congress Democrats will the
system and the marchers in the streets protect us from him being specifically
president Trump if our rule of thumb is to sustain itself those who approve
pose the new president’s reckless and heartless agenda must exercise their
voices protesters voters Congress Democrats Republicans they must find the
courage to stand up to Trump and I think we have a really recent example of
people standing up very young people standing up and the challenging the
status quo I don’t know that I would call them a resistance social movement
as they’re more of a proactive movement and then we see the resistance would be
the NRA and the politicians that want to keep doing business the way they’ve been
doing it and these students are pushing them for change I have a short clip Soros funded never again movement took
their childish message of living to adulthood to DC the turnout for the
March for our lives rally was sure to be s we’ve had enough of the lies the
sanctimony the hatred we’ve had enough of the lies the sanctimony the hatred
the pettiness the arrogance the ignorance the fake news the nra we are
done with your agenda to undermine voters will and individual liberty in
America we’re done with your agenda to undermine the safety of our nation’s you
and the individual voices of the American people so to every line member
of the media to everyone with an A+ rating from the National Rifle
Association to the role model athletes who use their free speech to alter and
undermine but our flag represents to every spokeswoman with an hourglass uses
their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents to the
politicians who would rather watch America burn then lose one ounce of
their own personal power to the politicians who would rather watch
America’s youth die then get assault rifles off shelves to those who stain
honest reporting with partisanship to those who call high-school students paid
crisis actors and refused to listen your time
running out your time is running out the clock starts now
clock starts so we see a visual here of movements opposing movements in inaction
I do encourage you if you haven’t been able to look at any footage there’s
beautiful footage online covering a four hour there’s a four our coverage on
Democracy Now you can find it online and see for yourself what these young people
had to say and why they are marching for their lives
so we’re gonna shift here to our moderator and our panel discussion I
wanted to give you a framework just to think about as you consider the
questions and their answers and I’m gonna ask the panelists if you can come
to the front please and I’m going to introduce to you Clara
yurei she is a long beach city college student she is founder of the feminist
Club at Long Beach City College and she is trying to transfer in June she’s
definitely transferring she doesn’t know where yet and she’s also an honor
student and amazing lobby city college students so she’s going to take over
from here and introduce our panelists and questions Thank You Clara so speaking of standing up can I just
one more time have anyone that has an empty seat next to them move towards the
center to make room for all of these students that are standing in the back
please and we have a whole open row up here as
well so six of you that want to come up go ahead now before we begin please
thank you there’s three seats up here there’s three up here so come on come on
over please there’s plenty of seats okay so we have Jonathan Solorzano he
may be our Han Jonathan South lozano is the community organizer for the long
beach immigrant rights coalition and a lifelong resident of Long Beach as well
as an alumni of lbcc his work focuses on the well-being of the immigrant
communities of Long Beach and the rest of the South Bay and he does this by
organizing and advocating for them at the local statewide and federal level
welcome Jonathan thank you Yoshio Menaka Yoshio Menaka is presently the chair of
our revolution Long Beach he has been an activist since marching against the
Vietnam War and has served on numerous nonprofit
boards including captive daughters Los Angeles Friends of Tibet the KPFK local
station board and board of Pacifica foundation welcome Yosh I’m gonna skip over you real quick estefania Le’Veon is an actress activist
and author of the women’s March book our story
she was the emcee for the hashtag me to March in Hollywood and performed the
sound effect a poem the sound effects at this year’s women March in Los Angeles
she got involved with activism as a water protector at the Standing Rock
campgrounds welcome estefania Evelyn Knight is a native of Africa town
Alabama Evelyn Knight was brought to Long Beach
in 1962 by Catholic social services to open up more community more opportunity
sorry for the african-american community a founder of the Long Beach Community
Improvement League evelyn was called back to Selma Alabama in 1965 to march
with dr. Martin Luther King jr. to protest Bloody Sunday and a push for the
national Voting Rights Act welcome Evelyn that equal Hamid is a founder and Imam
for the Longbeach Islamic Center now located in Signal Hill
welcome to deke and Lupe Lopez is currently a paralegal and is very much
involved in her community in the areas of native issues Lupe is an organizer
and an advocate for change in bringing Native existence in Orange County
welcome Lupe and we’re gonna go back to you Jedi Jedi Q Menace is a hip-hop
artist the use organizer and chairperson of anak beyond Long Beach a youth and
student organization that fights for the rights of Filipino youth here in the US
and in the Philippines welcome Jedi so we’re gonna jump into a few questions
that we’ve prepared we’re gonna do two questions that we have prepared and
we’ll open it up to the rest of you to ask whatever questions you have because
this is all about you and getting your questions answered I’m so panelists
which contemporary movements have you been affiliated with and why have you
participated in these movements know anyone that wants to answer it can just
go ahead and answer and you don’t all have to answer the question sorry can we just have you turn the mics
on that would help thank you is this on now okay yeah so anyway what inspired me
to get involved in the Tibetan freedom movement was the repression of religious
freedom by the People’s Republic of China another issue that I was involved
with was bringing attention to sex trafficking and for the last 20 years
I’ve been involved with an organization called captive daughters and I got
involved because I feel that being a sexual slave is probably the worst form
of slavery that one can imagine and currently I’m involved with it a
documentary which is bringing attention to victims of anti-personnel bombs in
Laos during the Vietnam War the CIA and the Air Force conducted a secret war and
we dropped cluster bombs which littered 270 million anti-personnel bombs in Laos
it’s going to take hundreds of years to clean up those anti-personnel bombs I would like to just add and I just want
to say thank you for allowing me to be here and and for all of us to be here on
Chunghwa Gabrielle Ino land that were on today that we sit upon and the ancestors
that have allowed us to continue in the water that we partake and I just want to
say thank you to our ancestors for allowing us to be here but I understand
that the question is you know contemporary movements as an indigenous
person and indigenous people that are here I would say that we are just
generations continuing on the movements that we’ve been going on as indigenous
peoples we were the first and to go into public education the first into the sex
trafficking the first into being victims of domestic violence by colonialism the
first in rate and the first into environmental justice the first into all
these movements that today exist as a contemporary movement for us as native
people it’s just the next generation to continue on the movements that we have
been ongoing since time immemorial since time that color the colonization has
stepped foot into these lands into the Western Hemisphere that it’s an ongoing
process of the movement for us it’s about Indian education it’s about
environmental justice it’s about you know the alcoholism that has brought
into our communities the drug addiction that has brought into our communities
the isolation the violence the generational trauma a lot of things that
we as Indian people have a lot of work to do and what we can do now is for you
that our supporters of Native causes and Native issues just like many was and
standing rock that put the map there for social media to see of Indian existence
we ask of you to support our causes and when we do have native events be there
to support and not just have us as guests in your home or guests in a to be
seated next to you but let the partner with us and say we work with native
people not just I have her sitting here next to me but actually work with this
individual and that’s the difference between working with communities or just
having a guest on a panel so I asked that today I want to work with many of
you I want to partner up with many of you
because together we can make a difference with our native population so
thank you very much hi everyone thank you so much for coming out and thank you
so much for that blessing and for mentioning everything that you just went
over because in my experience which might be similar to anyone that’s in
this room I just got involved with activism ever since the nomination went
out and I was very upset of what was going on in the country and I got I
started liking Facebook pages just because I wanted to be involved and one
of those pages was coming out of Standing Rock and I kept watching this
videos and I remember it being around November and about a year and a half ago
at two years and I saw I don’t know if you guys watched it because it became
national news where the water cannons were used against all the indigenous
people and activists that were out there and I remember watching that and it
couldn’t believe that it was true because police men are supposed to
protect us the people that you know basically hire them and pay them with
our taxes and I couldn’t believe that this was happening so I spoke to Kyle
who’s here he’s also part of the media because I’m involved with entertainment
and journalism and acting and all of that stuff and I told him we have to go
there with our cameras because at that point mass media wasn’t involved the
only media that was coming out of there was independent social media groups and
it was only when it got really it became sort of a spectacle and a show that mass
media showed up it was only when the water canyons came out and we’re people
getting hurt and there were dogs biting actual people that the mask
the NBC’s the ABCs that all came out because they knew it was gonna be a
ratings show rather than a supportive show so just going back to my start I
watched his videos I booked a flight and we drove to Minnesota and then drove for
about eight hours I think it was to Standing Rock and what was astonishing
to me was the way that we were greeted because right when we walked in and our
cars we’ll drove and in our cars we were blessed by one of the indigenous
brothers that were there and they told us the rules of the camp there were no
guns allowed no alcohol no drugs allowed and after that he just basically chose a
place to stay for the night and 23 degree weather it was snowing and the
next day you had an orientation at 8 a.m. where they were introducing people
just like me that that was our first event in activism what to do what
happened if you did get arrested there was a lawyer’s group or you would
go and get instructed to write down a lawyer’s phone number on your arm in
case you got arrested so it was it was a very extreme way to get introduced to
activism but it was definitely just everything in one and in that that same
day we were able to be part of actions and we were able to be part of sort of
an introduction also to indigenous culture that I wasn’t aware of but you
know what a sacred camp is what a sacred fire is the elders how to respect them
and how to understand that we are standing on stolen ground and that we
need to recognize that because we’re all the guests in this land unless you’re a
Native American and then going past that I know I’m taking a lot of time but
going past Standing Rock I came back and I got involved right away with I just
looked up organizations in LA and I found march and rally Los Angeles and I
was like hey how can I help so I became a livestreamer for them because I
believe in the power of social media and I think all of us here have that power
as well so after that I was part of the the ban on the travel ban in Los Angeles
and at LAX where with that organization we were able to cut down the airport for
about seven hours which is unheard of and it was amazing to see the amounts of
people that came out to the airport as well as lawyers that donated their time
and their work and set up random you would walk down the airport and see a
lawyer’s office babe we just grabbed tables and anybody who needed help would
get the help that they needed and we stayed there until the last family was
released it was it was late it was a couple of days as well because after the
big band happened we kept coming back and then after that with march and rally
Los Angeles I was able to get involved with immigrants March and just different
marches as well as the women’s March and I just I’m saying all of this because
two years ago I was just like you just interested and it really just takes a
small amount of interest and a little digging on social media or just Google
to get involved so if anyone here is matter has questions or wants to talk to
anyone there are many organizations that can go to the needs that you have as far
as what you’re looking for to help out so that’s basically the gist of what
I’ve gotten involved with and then as far as the book that I’m putting
together I got the idea at the Women’s March in Washington that night because I
was like I have to record this this is part of history and I got this this book
and I have stories here from many women that were just marching and I’ll share
with you guys later if we have some time because I know I’m still talking but the
book is basically a book written by women that assisted the March and any
allies and I also have a couple of men but it’s
basically about our story why we marched or white did a new March or if you were
opposed opposing the march all those stories are gonna be piled up in one
book which is the women’s March our story so yeah that’s pretty much how I
got involved and how easily anyone else can get involved do one more yeah so I
can go ahead real quick so my name is Jonathan Solorzano
I’m a community organizer for the Long Beach and REO Rights Coalition I also
graduated from Long Beach City College four years back and transferred over to
Cal State LA where I got a degree in sociology but it’s always great to come
back here honestly there’s nothing like coming back to the place where all of
this started for me and like the sister said earlier you know it’s very easy to
get involved here on campus I found the Coalition for latino advancement now
known I believe is a coalition for Latin next advancement it’s it’s an
organization that focuses on providing resources and services for in documented
immigrants here on this campus and in the local community so that’s really
what I’ve been focusing on for the past five years I’ve worked with the
undocumented immigrant communities here in the sea and then just in the rest of
the South Bay area because we realized that there is a lot there’s a heavy need
of resources here in this area you know we know Los Angeles carries the bulk of
those resources we know a lot of folks you know take the metro up there to to
go to North adios attorneys and here in the city you know we don’t have enough
for that or you hear too much about that so organizations started around 12 years
ago where our executive directors were going up to LA for the marches back in
2006 I don’t know how many of you actually remember that or you know we’re
even old enough to remember that but on the way back our executive director saw
that there was a big need for resources here in the city just
because you know this is the same folks that go on the blue line he’s the same
folks that go up to 7:10 up the 110th and you know having to do that on a
consistent basis is very difficult sometimes so we decided we wanted to
provide resources here in the city and then it wasn’t until not maybe the last
four years when daca came out the deferred action
for childhood arrivals program I don’t know how many of you have heard of that
program great great so when that program came out we really saw that there was a
big need for resources for in documentary communities and for me
personally that’s when I got introduced to the movement here in this campus when
I got a chance to meet undocumented students who shared stories with me
about their difficulties of getting through school right and these are
stories that you know for me who has the privilege of being born here I would say
something I would have never imagined for myself but are very real stories and
very troubling stories for people in our communities and so this gave me the
opportunity to give back in a way once I graduated and transferred I continued to
my activism and organizing when it came to community community colleges as well
as CSU system when I transferred over to Cal State LA I helped participate in the
creation of a dream Resource Center something I know this campus is
currently talking about and I’m really very much looking forward to seeing that
created and then finally on a personal note this this topic is very important
to me personally because my dad was actually deported back when I was 13
years old so I understand firsthand what it’s like to to really live with that
struggle right to understand what it’s like to have a missing parent to
experience family separations something at this administration today is
hell-bent on doing on a national level and you know to disregard that as policy
and not address that as a human rights violation
I think is doing a disservice to many of our community members here and
throughout the country so that’s essentially why I do this work okay
we’re gonna I’d like to share a little bit of what my involvement so I don’t
like movements I think that that’s been cheered that I was born in Africa town
Alabama and that experience was 112 Africans were brought to Africa town in
1859 by two white men bet that they could get a shipload of slaves into the
United States without being detected and they proceeded to do that and they
were detected when they came into the Mobile Harbor and that was five years
before about five years before Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation but
those people were brought into this country illegally as a lot of other
things was done illegally they were brought to Africa town and and it became
Africa town because after they took them up to the plantation after being
detected they were they were they brought themselves back into the mobile
harbor and established their own community and so my connection and my
experience and why I have been involved in movements my life is the poster child
for what movements what created movements movements slavery slavery when
you are a slave and all of your rights and all of your being and all of
everything that you will ever know is someone else taking advantage
your life and making you into something that’s less than human that you have to
live generation after generation in that kind of life leaves you no choice but to
be involved in what you need to be doing to be the kind of person that you
already are taking your dignity your value your being killing my grandfather
because just because he wanted and he was working for and building houses for
a man in Alabama and this other man wanted him to come and build houses for
him and he told him he wanted to keep his job and he hired the local sheriff
to kill him and that’s what he did when my father was just 12 years old and he
was that was what was taken away was his father’s life and rendered him and my
father and all of his siblings without a support system to take care of them so
my father ended up coming to Africa town where he met my mother and they got
married and they had ten children and I’m the oldest of the ten and so I was
born hearing the stories what happened to my ancestors seeing every day of my
life segregation discrimination you can’t drink out of this fountain you
can’t ride in this bus you can’t have this job just because you are the person
that you are having African ancestry and having it as an enslaved background and
so movements just was my life and it’s still my life because the people that
created what we had to endure are the people who is creating what people are
enduring today and it never goes away so that’s why I meant the movements I was
in the middle movement I was in the civil rights
movements I’m in the children’s movement I’ve been the movement movement and I
will never be out of movements as long as we have the situation like we have
today yeah so yeah shout out to all my co-panelists here today I know we’re
like running short on time well we’ll support each other but yeah
my name is Jedi I’m born and raised in Long Beach shout out saw my Long Beach
native so yeah I’ve been involved since I was actually four you know fresh out
of high school I was 15 so you know what the organization I’m a ball with I’m not
buying Long Beach I not buy an Anatomy is like child or son or daughter and
then by an means like countrymen or our country so you know sons and daughters
of our peoples and the daughters of our country just so you know when you hear
that name in Tagalog so yeah I’ve been in foster South 15 you know through hip
hop that I wanted to get involved and you know growing up in Long Beach I have
had a lot of you know life experiences you know when you grow up in the city
where you know there’s a lot of violence there’s a lot of you know your your
family members are also victims of you know the justice system and you know my
pops he did drugs and my family did drugs and they you know like I came from
a very dysfunctional family you know with my experience coming from Long
Beach so you know I think when I that was like the one thing that I wanted to
you know change and really be part of something that’s bigger than myself
you know I’ve seen my own friends go to jail for life you know I see my old
friends die from you know gun violence you know especially that’s like the
thing right now right but it’s been affecting our communities ever since you
know so how I got involved was through realizing you know the oppression I was
facing growing up and you know being a high school dropout
and you know feeling like hopeless and that nobody cares you know and when I
joined I like buying I was able to learn about you know what my people went
through what the Filipinos went through here in the US and what Filipinos go
through in the Philippines and that’s what I’m not buying you know aims to
address is that our struggles here as Filipinos are tied to the struggle back
home in the Philippines and there’s a reason for that
you know same with the struggles of all you know oppressed communities back to
their motherland it traces back to their home country because of the corruption
because of poverty that’s why my family had to leave to come here to chase the
American Dream that American Dream was a lie you know so I think you know as for
y’all you know students and faculty and everybody here you know you should also
get involved in get involved your local organizations here in the city on campus
because it’s the time right now we can’t be sitting around you know just like
writing notes and then leave home and then you know look on social media and
that’s it it’s time to get involved with your friends organize your family
members organize your your homies your loved ones because that you know it’s
going to take a movement to fight against you know the powers that be that
oppresses all of our communities of press communities so you know hopefully
after this you know can connect with all of us and be able to you know organize
and get involved in your community so that’s why that’s them with the movement
and also sorry we’re we’re we’re we have about 200 plus chapters in the
Philippines all over the Philippines and we’re part of a larger movement fighting
for the freedom of the Filipino people called the national democratic movement
of the Philippines and who here has heard of their day the dictator and now
the Philippines and the drug wars and the killings yeah so I’ll be speaking on
that a little later but yeah there’s you know there’s definitely a lot of lots of
opportunities to to really unite our communities against this dictatorship
because this dictatorship is also being supported by Donald Trump and this
country I’m at the government here so yeah that’s pretty much it would any
other panelists like to answer the question well I like first to say yes
Salam alaikum peace be upon all of you while I cancel out good well actually miss Evelyn she encouraged
me and she moved me to talk about in this you know the experience they have
regarding a social movement I am a Muslim and Islam is built inside of me a
lot of resistance third operation third dictatorship any regime it doesn’t give
me the opportunity to expose my opinion in slab as in a religion built in
silence every single Muslim to stand and talk and move toward that I have honored
that I share my brother and sister in mexican society when we have the wall
and when they have the wage movement i I share with them and I went and I stand
and I’m I know American fooled by a movement left and right but let me shift
your opinion outside United States a little bit and if you do remember in
1993 and 94 the Balkan war or Kosovo war I’m not sure if you remember that we
build very very beautiful strong social movement to stop the massacre and what’s
going on toward the people and civilian people also I share the movement toward
Gaza I remember you know this international
conflict between Israel and Palestinian for for very close to the gate right now
I’ve been you know she said and I should the time to participate in this kind of
movement and very humbly I thought Gaza is a civilian people and they shouldn’t
get attacked by f-16 and all this is machine gun and you know take over the
land a also I if you all remember what happened when the election and the
Donald Trump being evicted you remember the registration and the try to adjust
the people the special that the Muslim when come over from over the airport and
all the stuff will and this is actually kind of moving the coal it’s llama
phobia and telling you this this is the movement the movement is right there you
can see it but we do not until right now build a resistant movement we don’t know
what gonna call it to stop the Islamophobia to take an attack in the
Muslim society in United States and last yeah I am the chairman of Long Beach
Islamic Center and one time we have letters coming to us threaten us you are
like this you are like that we go into to do something for you
I’m personally get the three thing Allah so anyway I ignored this is literacies
but look at our community look at our the society all the churches get
together all the synagogue were together and we have a beautiful movement again
toward them and we move and walk and march toward
our mosque or Masjid and whoever will even the mayor of Long Beach being there
attend another city council and and a Congress people became and attend this
is movement is a small movement we don’t have no name for it yet we don’t give a
label for it yet but I’m telling you um during the detention for professor
Jeanette hunter that’s this movement we need to give it
name we need to build the resistance and this is actually a very very good
experience for our community to have yes you need to move day and night defend
your right and this is what we need to build organization according to thank
you so I’d actually like to open up the floor to the students anyone who has a
question feel free to come up to the microphone and ask not all at once thank you talk alright I’ll repeat the question
yeah Evelynn night Evelynn the question was
what is the comparison between the movements past movements and movements
today the the thing that is different from today’s movement and the movement
in the 60s the biggest movement that I was involved in and in the 60s is the
way the people get involved in the movements and the communication system
back in the 60s we didn’t have social media we were communicated with on the
national networks when Martin Luther King came on TV in 1965 as a reaction
and a result of what had happened on Bloody Sunday and ask everybody that
heard that he could speak to to come to Selma to protest the brutality that that
had gone on in that Sunday and be there Tuesday to respond social media is
pretty much the way people get their information today what is what drives
movements is is similar what people need to respond react and fight against
oppressive forces that is destroying them the beating up of those people that
they only wanted the right to vote which was what they should have had in the
first place so they was just expressing expressing
their democratic right to stand up and and request and and and petition the
government for what they needed to have and the government the people and the
government responded by beating them up and and destroying them and and and and
not permitting them their rights so and that’s what’s happening with the
children they were killing the people they’re still are killing the children
and it’s the same power driven by greed and money and and political capital that
is used for the wrong purpose it’s the same today
so so many times this is the same forces that drive the behavior but it’s – the
tools that people have and how they express their movements and how they
organize their movements if it depends on what’s available to them
and you have to use your resources movements need resources just like the
people have resources to do the things that they are using against you so
everybody has to have the same things but they use them for different purposes
good purposes and bad purposes and so that’s what’s going on what was going on
then and what is going on now and that’s true what happened to the Indians in
that movement and that’s what happened to the women in their movements they
were oppressed they were denied their rights and their freedoms and they were
abused that’s what happened to the slaves they were not slaves these people
are people who were made into slaves slavery is something you create these
people were not slave they were human beings like everybody else and they had
lives and they had families and they had wonderful things in their lives but then
the lies come and say you know they ll the slaves right here because that was
just wonderful for them to get away from Africa you know that’s crazy anyway
that’s what’s going on the propaganda machines are used and they’re live and
well all the time but the purposes for which they’re set up to be used for and
someone asked let’s tell the truth well that is the fruit and those are the
facts and we can prove it thank you thank you the question
directed at Jonathan was that he would please share what it’s like to have his
father deported yeah so I mean first of all I do want to
thank you for your question I think it’s a question that you know I had a lot of
time to think about but rarely share I guess but yeah I want to start off by
starting off with the quote be the person you wish you had when you were
younger so I’ll go ahead and repeat that so be the person you wish you were or do
you wish you had when you were younger that’s basically what I’ve been trying
to do this past couple years trying to gain knowledge as to how to help out my
community you know how to prevent separate family separations and
deportations because when I was a kid when I was 13 I remember trying to
become my own advocate really just going into you know Google searches you know
looking up litigation looking up law cases and a 13 year old normally doesn’t
do that right but that’s exactly what I was doing and so that I think that kind
of led me to this point in my life where I know and I knew you know Wow for a
while now that I wanted to become an immigration attorney so I’m currently
studying for the LSAT and now I’m hoping things go well from there but I mean
that’s just you know I’m a serf as I think on the you know internally once
you start really get into it there’s many layers to address right the mental
well-being of somebody the the toll that it takes on not only
individual with the family right the community and how they’re affected so
you know I also recognize and you also got to be positive about you know the
situation so I I do also recognize that being born here kind of it allows me
certain privileges right one is the ability to be able to go see him in
Mexico something I know a lot of people who are undocumented or who come from
you know 100% undocumented families don’t have and that is something that I
have used to my advantage many times right going to Tijuana or you know if I
have enough money and time then I’m able to take off from work I can go down to
Mexico and then visit him growing up I will say I do remember one particular
story where I think kind of culminates this whole sentiment right I went to
Lakewood High School there just not too far from here and during that time I
mean I was I was a freshman hanging out with seniors and juniors a
lot of older kids right so one can say that’s probably me looking for a
parental or a father figure in a sort of way and I was kind of starting to slip
into this is this gang lifestyle right you know just getting into trouble here
and there nothing too major because I also knew that back home I had my mom
waiting for me and I took that into consideration right knowing that as a
housewife she had to stop doing that and had to go out and get a job and that’s
particularly scary for someone who has been in this country for yeah basically
the whole time I’ve been born and all of a sudden having to pick up a new
language having to pick up a different set of work skills and really just
getting out there to you know make it happen for herself and her kids I have a
younger sister as well and you know these are things that you don’t really
hear about in the media right but we as a community recognize all too often that
this is the reality of our communities right coming from working-class
communities of color coming from marginalized underrepresented community
these are the realities that we face on a daily basis and so you know it’s
actually a little fitting that this is actually a theological panel right
because you know I can share my story all day long and it’s the story of self
but once you begin understanding that there’s other people that go through
these same issues or suffer the same consequences you begin to realize that
you know what there’s an opportunity to collaborate there’s an opportunity to
get together and really make something happen for ourselves for our communities
for our families and you know the time is now I mean the time really is now to
to get together I’m actually really really surprised and really happy with
the turnout of today’s event so I mean give yourselves a round of
applause for being here and I will I do want to end with you know just sharing
that it’s it was definitely difficult overall I mean it was a very difficult
situation but you know I was very lucky I was very fortunate to have the
resources around me to to really make something happen you know now I’m not
exactly saying I achieved all of my goals but I am in a place where I am
very capable of helping other people and I I really really hold myself to to that
standard of really coming through for other browser folks and and in the
process really just you know is that that becomes really fulfilling for me
personally but also realizing that there’s a lot more work to be done so
here we are I’d like to say too along that line another thing that was
different and and similar doing the 60s and what’s going on now the young people
were very much engaged in the 60s on the campuses the Free Speech Movement I
attended rallies in Berkeley with the people organizing for the free speech
movements there was a lot the campuses in the in the 60s
they roiled with protest though children were killed
I can’t state and all kinds of things was going on to protest the wars
snick was organizing all over the south getting voter registrations and
participating in all kinds of organized activity I’ve participated and went back
to Lowndes County Alabama to work in the first election with snikt in eighth in
1966 after the voting rights bill was passed and there were nothing but young
people involved in that there the churches were organized and those were
that most of the adults that was around the churches and and they were focused
on certain kinds of communities and and doing things to protic promoting civil
rights and voting and that kind of thing so they were already organized bodies
that the churches were were involved in that I haven’t you know the churches
have been many of them some of them have been you know the voices have been heard
but it’s not as like it was the 60s and so it’s not as much participation by the
organized churches they have been and many of them have been out there
promoting the other stuff that’s not in the you know the best interests of the
rights of the people no you know they invent evangelicals and some of the
things that people espouse you know that it’s not it’s about the status quo so
you know those are some of the different kinds of things that that I experience
I’m talking about devil now and I talk about everybody else would agree with
you so much the difference is I very much so I agree with you but I wanted to
just like somebody was to share their story about deportation you know as
Indian people we have our stories maybe the terminology vocabulary is not the
word deportation but we too are stories we say that we were enslaved we were
taken we were kidnapped from our families from wherever homes that we
were at we were taken as children far far away if you lived in Arizona you may
have been taken as a five-year-old child to abort a thing called boarding school
the first thing a public education from Arizona could you imagine being forced
and taken being kidnapped to another place perhaps in Kansas and not seeing
your mom and dad until 10 years later and so you have to remember that being
separate that separation has occurred to the native peoples but yet we are the
most marginalized community where our voices are not being shared and I think
janay hon that we’re here today because I want you to learn about our voice
because many of you may have a connection to a homeland outside of this
Western Hemisphere but it’s more native peoples here this is all we got mm-hmm
we’ve survived different countries under California rule different presidents
under this rule but this is all we got this land is all we got we don’t got
nowhere else to go to say I’m gonna go you know take care of my house in this
other country that’s not how we talk we have to say this is our land this is how
we’re gonna take care of it and this is what we got to do whether we have to die
for it because we’re generations deep born and raised here and we’re
generations deep being buried here lebryk going off of what you said in
learning about your voice what advice would the panelists have for the
students in in regards to getting involved in social movements and keeping
the momentum going because what we’re seeing is that social movements come up
and there’s a lot of momentum but then they kind of simmer down and they lose
their their speed and so what can we as students do to keep the momentum going
and to keep others engaged with us I got I got a quote sorry so I got a quote you
know to really respond to that right this quote comes from of Filipino
revolutionary he’s one of the pioneers of the the Communist Party of the
Philippines of the revolution in the Philippines
back in the 60s so there’s a quote he said a nation doesn’t that does not
continuously renew itself through progressive minded and militant you
cannot possibly event so you know that itself shows that young people are the
ones that are creating changes for the better you know for of society
throughout history it’s always been used and you know folks here a lot of a lot
of folks here are young you know young folks youth and just everybody in
general you know especially at the times right now that we’re living in you know
it’s important for us to to get involved in your local organizations because you
know it we really eat it you know this world needs it right now all across the
world is suffering you know and we can’t stand to you know sit down anymore and
really stand back you know so I think yeah I think that’s that’s how you know
everybody can get involved for sure well I have a questions for the for all the
students and the professors and the panels in the same times why we have to
wait to build movement after the disaster happened why we are being just
reflect instead of two field and do some work before the
disaster happen and can we have like a vision to the future what everything our
community and we can build the movement according to this let’s say for example
why we don’t think about what’s gonna was gonna happen in the next 100 years
in the United States is gonna be the same can we build a movement to keep the
state together together can we build a movement st. American only or American
brothers it that’s movement gonna be in every state to try to keep united as
united state you know we all know about the civilization you grown up and
getting you strong and after getting weak and some disease get in and fill
down can we do something I mean the question is why you always have to build
movement after the disaster happened now as in a Muslim we have a movement toward
the United States I mean total United State as in other societies before with
this happen can we just like have a vision or something that just the
question I want to I want to lay the question so everybody and please you
know come with answer if you’re able to that motion that he just made why do we
allow movements to stop when the things that created us the need for us to have
a movement never goes away the people who don’t want us to move forward
never leave why don’t the movement continued and why don’t we build strong
powerful sustainable institutions to protect us all the time we can do that
why don’t we people’s lobbies for all the people all
the time in Washington DC and all over the United States why don’t we walk
across the country every time we need to walk across the country to wake the town
and tell the people all the time up and down across the United States of America
because people suffer everywhere in the United States they all over the place
the same people with the same things happening to them done by the same
people that do things all the time to people so what is wrong with why don’t
we want to work hard for ourselves like we work hard for everybody else to get
what they want I don’t know let’s answer that let’s think about it let’s put that
I Russia does work I kind of have an idea or an answer for
that we if you said that we need resources to keep social movements and
going and I think the distribution of resource and wealth has changed over
time since it wasn’t passed now it’s more extreme the curve of wealth is very
very low for most of the population in America at least and extremely high for
the last 25 25 to 1 percent so I think it’s the lack of resource the lack of
even wealth distribution that leaves us in that place that lets us let go of
these social movements because we are so focused on just trying to live just
trying to provide for our families and trying to get ourselves out of the
historical or oppression yeah III let me just say a
couple of things to that you’re absolutely right that’s what happened
why did we allow it to happen you know why don’t we you know what I
just want to take air care of us but us right the people have to take care of
the people it’s true and I think um I mean the only power we truly have is
power in numbers but the thing is is the tool of the power itself is to separate
us you know separation is the reason why we
don’t have this power and that we aren’t letting it become the way that it is
today this is that brave always saying no
they’re smarter than we are no okay no more brain we’ll use our
smarts but you know but you know it’s it’s the tools that they use to separate
to discriminate to group people and categorize people away from each other
when we need to start seeing our similarities more than our differences
absolutely so I think and we can do that why don’t you do that you talked about
wealth many of them are born into wealth once they’re Wednesday a child and in
that community is born I mean there’s like a five million dollar you know
policy on them so when they turn 18 they’re they’re wealthy and so they have
the time they have the money they have the staff people to absolutely do
whatever they can I can just be a person where my mortgage could be paid and my
gas can be filled up and my vehicle could be paid for you know what I’ll be
doing this every day all day each and every one of us but we’re in a situation
that we do this tired in this league every day why because we have that love
for our people but we also have the love for our children are never generations
to come to do the work that we’re doing but I really
I say to you thank you for your knowledge because it’s the numbers that
the few that we are and this generation that were so split up into different
movements that it’s hard for us to stay focused and let them known the fact that
you’re here today cuz your goal is to graduate from school and you as a person
you’re doing what you can to graduate and being a movement and take care of a
family and take care of maybe help with the rent with your mother and a father
and there’s so much going on in our life that it seems like we’re just bubbled in
this situation so thank you so much and you hit it right on it okay so my
question is for any of the panelists who would like to answer given the
interconnectedness that we see here amongst many of these movements going on
is there any solutions that you can imagine in the future of of the society
that we’re in with all these movements that are happening that shouldn’t even
be necessary that we’re resisting we’re standing up and we’re using our voices
what kind of solutions can you offer or do you imagine that you could share from
your experience from your perspective from your organization’s that you work
with or your people that you represent I like to address the earlier question and
also part of this how to get involved because I think it’s just very easy
steps one of the first steps would be identifying what you don’t agree with
because there are so many movements that we see online and we at least I like to
be part of a lot of them but I don’t necessarily agree with certain specifics
of one of the movements let’s say so I think the first step definitely before
getting involved will be identifying what you don’t agree with and why you’re
to dedicate your time to the second step would be finding an organization that
you can be part of there’s a lot of organizations that have weekly meetings
you just can’t find out where it is go check it out basically audit what
they stand for and if you agree with it then you become part of their
organization if you don’t agree with it you can either try to change a be an
active member of that or go find a different organization so it’s an
ongoing process to find the group that you vibe with just as it is finding a
friend on campus so definitely find what’s wrong with the system and weed
that you don’t agree with second find an organization and third be active and
active means anything from just free posting we sharing commenting being in a
meeting and then following up with becoming part of the organizing team
doing an event with them there are different levels of activism that you
can do and each level is important so even if you can just repost or reshare
you’re already amplifying the message I’m multiplying it within your audience
so any of those steps you can get involved with and then as far as the
second question how do we at least envision some solutions I think the the
main thing we need to figure out right now as a nation is a clear message to
what’s wrong because there are so many movements and we’re all seeking
different things that I feel that if we can combine forces and have an actual
list of policies that were looking to change then we’ll get something done
because a lot of the success from the 60s was that there was a clear message
you know it’s the we won voting rights we whined for women for African
Americans who went to stop segregation it was a clear thing and just like the
success of March for our lives is is that they’re going after assault weapons
so it’s you know change the policy that’s it and I think the issue right
now is that we have so many different messages that are really important but
they’re all sort of divided not that clear so I think for the future
for all of us to have success in what we’re doing is just to narrow down what
we’re looking to do and what we’re looking to change even in the
Constitution and as a policy because one thing is to March and talk and make
noise which is great to get the attention but the follow-up is the
legislation that you’re going to change because without the law being changed
there is no actual progress so that’s what I think the United States has and
sometimes that does lead yeah I could I could respond to that question like
especially you know with youth nowadays you know we we got trans we’re creative
you know we we have we have the skills you know as young people and we could
you know the this bestest strength of the young people is that you know we’re
we’re not tied to like you know huge responsibilities we’re always willing to
learn a little earn new Theory read you know study and uh you know really like
so like how do we have that social skill and I think with it with young people
now I think that’s like one of the strengths in order for to get other
people involved and it that goes for like the Pope panelist is to like all of
us here like we also have to think about creative ways to how to like draw people
in and then y’all to you know young as young
people and students and as just says people in general like we do y’all need
to think about what will bring people in what will draw people in because you
know especially how for me is like I I just can’t talk about like long big huge
terms you know it’s it’s not really gonna work if you talk about you know
you try to sound like academic you know to like somebody in the hood or your
neighborhood or your even even your classmate you know that’s why I think
like it’s important for us to understand what’s going on
just just on a human level you know as yeah like I don’t think it you know it’s
attractive if somebody wouldn’t call it to me and talk about we should fight
against imperialism right now like you know it’s just like you you you need it
you need to break it down what does imperialism me you know what does this
country look like as far as oppressing all of our communities breaking it down
instead of you know saying these huge times that actually a lot of
working-class people don’t even understand you know and exactly and and
I’m a victim of that I’m a victim of this you know this public education
system and what I that’s the thing I learned as I grew older was that it’s
it’s set up you know like DJ Khaled said they don’t want us to resist I’m here to
say that but he said they don’t want you know they don’t want us to resist so you
know that’s why it’s important for us to to really understand connect on a human
level like the the social ills of society and how he could you know leak
leak our struggles together and then raise it to a higher level of unity
because you know we see that now like everybody was saying right like
solidarity is important and like you know we have a common enemy you know I’m
saying so mm-hmm and I’ll just go off a little bit on that as far as the
organizations that I work with what we focus on is doing a hashtag that can
embody what the message of the March will be so usually developing those
hashtags it does take some time to think about it because it’s a very short
amount of words that you can use to get the message out but it’s something that
anyone can just do really quickly and spread the word
so definitely hash tagging I would say if you guys have friends or if you’re
like me that I was the first of my group of friends that started being really
below and then you start getting looks and you’re like hey you know can we talk
about this or can I go to the March with you what I started doing was definitely
reposting photos from events doing my own means
because comedy is always a great way to invite people to your message instead of
preach about it because preaching always puts people off so I would say if you
want to approach anyone to join you definitely use a friendly approach
comedy always works great and if you wanna there’s you have cell phones that
everybody has a cell phone of some sort internet access you can create any sort
of video and I would say obviously controversy always works and being
really blunt gets attention so if you’re thinking about producing your own small
video for Instagram whatever it is thirty seconds whatever you want to do
have your message be concise and clear and if you want to be blunt be blunt if
you want to be funny be funny but just get it out even using hip-hop and music yeah you got you got to speak up mm-hmm well for me and we’ll say we recently
started working with youth particularly high school youth and it’s it’s great to
see them continue getting involved right so they find an issue that they’re very
passionate about and we also understand that there’s different time constraints
or different responsibilities that take up their times and so you know as an
organizer I think one thing you do have to keep in mind is being respectful of
that right understanding that this is just one aspect of their lives right
there’s many many facets who anybody’s live right being active or being an
organizer is simply one but you know very very similar to the conversation
we’re having about intersectionality I mean I’m very much affected by all the
other you know issues that are being addressed today right with the
environment I mean I’ve lived by the 710 freeway my whole life for most of my
life I’m affected by environmental racism right I’m also affected by police
brutality you know being a person of color and so just to give you some
examples right so when you see you speak up about this issues we understand that
these are this does really is the future right this is a reflection of the work
we’ve been putting in and seeing how certain people certain youth reciprocate
that message and continue becoming active continue asking the hard
questions continue pushing elected officials hosting actions in their
communities shutting down streets for you ways this is all the result of what
the people before us left right so I mean shutting down freeways is nothing
new I’m sure Evelyn here can speak to that a
little more but this is what’s been working for us this is what’s gotten the
attention of folks this is what ultimately creates change it’s it’s not
the ultimate decider but it does start a conversation
it does spark interest and this is ultimately the tools that we have right
youth aside from being great volunteers are also people that carry this message
for years to come and so what message we want to leave behind is ultimately the
question we have to ask ourselves as organizers and really show up with the
work that we do yeah just like Jonathan said you know I also work with high
school youth on the west side of Long Beach at Cabrillo high school and
basically we have a youth program called capita unite or youth unite Filipino
youth leadership workshop series by hosted by katha Alliance using a
Filipino Youth Alliance all over the nation of representing hundreds of
Filipino youth clubs and organizations and some of the things we’ve done is
workshops so basically they learn how to to be a leader they also find out what
are the issues that are affecting them and then they also create demands they
talk about what’s what are the solutions they think they could do with their
schools because that’s that’s some of the issues like you know not funding
education but the the money’s been going to militarization in this country so
that’s that’s some of the main demands that youth have and these used to come
from different high schools they come from Cabrillo they come from Pali they
come from Carson high school even at Millikin too so you know we’re really
creating that space for young people to get together and I think you know us
here today we you know we definitely should create more of those spaces where
young people can be able to have a voice so it’s not just all like older people
you know no disrespect you know say but but I mean I’m bothered too so I be but
I’m coming at it from I was I was a youth as well I was a youth when I was
15 now I went through that process and I
know how power empowering that was for me and it
totally changed my life going through these hip-hop leadership workshops and
activism you know learning what was affecting me in my life and you know now
I’m here I changed my life and I’m serving you know the youth that you know
that I could relate to growing up you know in the hood in Long Beach so yeah
that you know it makes me feel you know inspired and and just it’s actually what
keeps me going up until now so to organize other young
people because you know it’s it’s our responsibility to you know it’s the
youth right now leaning leaning into the microphone well I can’t really speak on like the
the recent I I would need to do more research but yeah I can’t really speak
on that on that are those issues yeah if anybody else has I don’t I don’t think
it’s working but you can come up here like I’m like trace on stage I have a
comment basically listen everybody talk the the main thing that I thought about
was basically why do why can’t we stop problems before it happens and what I
honestly believe is that everybody is not on the same page and I think it goes
all the way back to the beginning of time I feel everything starts with two
people so if you break it down and then you have all these different races I
honestly believe everybody’s related and then when you have one group which is
the human race and then you have people that have break up and divide everybody
and say you’re this register this register this race and with that comes
different beliefs so I honestly think that also like when it comes to slavery
and things like that I believe slavery still exists like I don’t underst I
don’t know what people think prison is but if you’re getting paid less the
minimum wage and you’re getting paid eight cents a day or whatever it is
that’s not that’s being less than human so that’s that’s honestly just what I
think and then when you are talking about the 60s because I have most of my
family grew up Birmingham Alabama in Mobile Alabama so
I do agree with everybody but I just think that everybody’s not on the same
page same with people not voting it’s you’re giving somebody Donald Trump
and Hillary Clinton it’s kind of like asking like what’s cancer do you want so
it’s I either way you know so I just believe everybody has to be on the same
page but things have been broken up and lied to people about for so long so
people just have to educate themselves same thing with presidents oh yeah you
know it’s the same same thing with the first president I was the man in office
seven years before him but you get taught that it was George Washington so
just it keeps going on and on and on and on another so yes this is my personal
opinion we have to agree we have to really create our own reality
because people gonna you know the divide and conquer of this behavior has been
miss education everywhere miss I mean and it was by design
so we have to move and we can do that you know you you have to know who to
listen to you have to create voices that that can go where you want to go you
know I mean you can’t follow the slave master because the slave master cook
what slaves and if you and if you create yourself a slave you’re gonna be a slave
you’re gonna follow that leadership that is making you into this thing that you
don’t need to be because you know you not can charge you yourself so we have
to be self promoting we have to be self-sufficient
sufficient people we have to be have our own voice listen to our boy get our
knowledge I can put major educate yourself I mean anybody will let you
Kate you but you how do you get educated you find out what you need to know and
that’s fine what you want to do and the direction that you want to go in and
educate yourself as to how to get there any I mean these are things that you all
everybody have the same equipment we all have a brain we have a body we have
needs we have the same thing that these other people are doing but we pay more
attention to them than do we do ourselves and you can’t win doing that
you have to pay attention to you like they’re paying attention to them
themselves you have to do the same thing to yourself that they’re doing for
themselves think about your self-interest and the
people around you who have the same needs that you have and communicate with
them so that you’ll know and you’ll get it and that’s what community organizing
is all about you know that’s common interest and it’s everywhere but you
know we did hung up on trips you know we get we listen to the wrong thing and
these people know that and so they reinforced that and they develop
institutions that perpetuate that so you build your own institutions that take
you in the direction you need to go in and you already have the ability to do
that but if you listen to the bad people you’re gonna do bad things if you listen
to the good and figure out what’s good for you you’ve got to go in the right
direction so and that that’s a choice you would have excuse me
I didn’t wanna yeah and and I would just add that the college campus is a really
great place to try that out and to start your if you see that there’s a need fix it go
for it start a club that’s what I did I realized that women needed a place to
talk about their rights and to have open discussions about gender issues so I
started a club and it’s grown and it’s doing really well and people are getting
informed and learning how to be activist and so this is the place to do it you
have plenty of support administration loves to see students take the lead so
go for it there’s nothing holding you back you have all the support that you
need just do it don’t be scared

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