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El pasado 28 de marzo el Presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, declaró el 31 de marzo, Día Nacional de Servicio en honor de César Chávez. En los años sesenta, este activista mexicano-americano inició una lucha pacífica por los derechos civiles y laborales en California y a lo largo de su vida trabajó a favor de la justicia social Sus esfuerzos estuvieron encaminados a conseguir que los trabajadores agrícolas tuvieran derecho a organizarse, a salarios justos y a condiciones de trabajo dignas.


En el marco de esta conmemoración, la Casa Blanca otorgó por primera vez el premio “César Chávez Champions of Change” a diez líderes comunitarios que han honrado la memoria del activista al realizar esfuerzos alineados con los valores que defendía. De estos diez líderes, la Casa Blanca resaltó que dos son mexicano-americanos: Germain Castellanos, director del programa SHINE Educational Leadership y Luis Urrieta Jr., coordinador del programa Cultura en Acción.


Entre los esfuerzos para difundir el legado de Chávez, destaca a su vez la película dirigida por el cineasta mexicano Diego Luna y estrenada en la misma fecha de la proclama presidencial. El Presidente Obama rindió homenaje a la tenacidad de este líder sindical en una presentación especial de dicho largometraje que se llevó a cabo en la Casa Blanca el 19 de marzo. La película se estrenó el 28 de marzo en 664 salas en Estados Unidos y pronto se exhibirá en México en más de 200 salas de cine en todo el país.


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Diego Luna on ‘Cesar Chavez’

The director discusses his new film about the labor leader and activist.

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“Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna, is a well-cast, well-intentioned movie that falls into the trap that often awaits film biographies of brave and widely admired individuals. The movie is so intent on reminding viewers of its subject’s heroism that it struggles to make him an interesting, three-dimensional person, and it tells his story as a series of dramatic bullet points, punctuated by black-and-white footage, some real, some simulated, of historical events.

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In spite of these shortcomings, Mr. Luna’s reconstruction of the emergence of the United Farm Workers organization in the 1960s unfolds with unusual urgency and timeliness. After a rushed beginning — in which we see Chavez (Michael Peña) arguing in a Los Angeles office and moving his family to Delano, a central California town, before we fully grasp his motives — we settle in for a long, sometimes violent struggle between the workers and the growers. Attempted strikes are met with intimidation and brutality, from the local sheriff and hired goons, and Chavez and his allies (notably Dolores Huerta, played by Rosario Dawson) come up with new tactics, including a public fast, a march from Delano to Sacramento and a consumer boycott of grapes.

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Movie Review: ‘Cesar Chavez’

The Times critic A. O. Scott reviews “Cesar Chavez.”

As is customary in movies like this, we see the toll that the hero’s commitment takes on his family life. His wife, Helen (America Ferrera), is a steadfast ally, but there is tension between Chavez and his oldest son, Fernando (the only one of the couple’s eight children with more than an incidental presence on screen). Fernando (Eli Vargas) endures racist bullying at school and suffers from his father’s frequent absences. Their scenes together are more functional than heartfelt, fulfilling the requirement of allowing the audience a glimpse at the private life of a public figure.

We also venture into the household of one of Chavez’s main antagonists, a landowner named Bogdonovich, played with sly, dry understatement byJohn Malkovich. He is determined to break the incipient union, and the fight between the two men and their organizations becomes a national political issue. Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Jack Holmes) takes the side of the workers, while the interests of the growers are publicly defended by Ronald Reagan, shown in an archival video clip describing the grape boycott as immoral, and Richard Nixon. Parts of “Cesar Chavez” are as rousing as an old folk song, with chants of “¡Huelga!” and “¡Sí, se puede!” ringing through the theater. Although it ends, as such works usually do, on a note of triumph, the film, whose screenplay is by Keir Pearson and Timothy J. Sexton, does not present history as a closed book. Movies about men and women who fought for social change — “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is a recent example — treat them less as the radicals they were than as embodiments of hope, reconciliation and consensus.

Michael Peña, right, as the title character, who led a grape boycott in 1965, in “Cesar Chavez.”CreditPanteleon Films

Though Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993, has been honored and celebrated, the problems he addressed have hardly faded away. The rights of immigrants and the wages and working conditions of those who pick, process and transport food are still live and contentious political issues.

And if you read between the lines of Mr. Luna’s earnest, clumsy film, you find not just a history lesson but an argument. The success of the farm workers depended on the strength of labor unions, both in the United States and overseas, and the existence of political parties able to draw on that power. What the film struggles to depict, committed as it is to the conventions of hagiography, is the long and complex work of organizing people to defend their own interests. You are invited to admire what Cesar Chavez did, but it may be more vital to understand how he did it.

“Cesar Chavez” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Strong language and scenes of bloody class struggle.


Este diplomado ofrece herramientas teórico-prácticas para indagar en historias de vida personales, desde la familia, el contexto geográfico y las experiencias en las diferentes etapas de la vida. El diplomado esta diseñado para ser un semillero de ideas, donde la introspección será la base del proceso de trabajo, y el material para el desarrollo de proyectos artísticos y culturales.

*el proyecto eres tu mismo.*


-El árbol genealógico.


Imparte: Melina Alzogaray Vanella


-Taller de Historia Barrial.


Imparte: Melina Alzogaray Vanella


-Arte y memoria: algunas relaciones.


Imparte: Maria Laura Ise


-Lo autobiografico.


Imparte: Noé Morales


-Producción de proyectos.


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Todo conduce al otro. Nos convertimos en nosotros.

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Ensemble de manifestations à travers la région PACA, RHMIT, septembre à décembre 2013

Tous les deux ans depuis 2011, le RHMIT organise la Biennale régionale pour l’histoire et la mémoire des immigrations.

Pendant quatre mois, de septembre à décembre, la diversité des approches est présentée à travers différentes formes : rencontres, balades, projections de films, conférences, spectacles, expositions, colloques... Par la diversité des manifestations, la Biennale rappelle l’intérêt et la légitimité de l’histoire des immigrations pour toute la population de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

En 2013, au delà de la valorisation des initiatives existantes, le Réseau apportera soutien et expertise aux acteurs qui souhaitent s’engager dans la démarche de la Biennale.

Biennale Histoire et mémoire des immigrations et des territories
À travers la région PACA, de septembre à décembre 2013

Voir sur le site du RHMIT.

La brochure programme : Programme de la Biennale histoire et mémoire des immigrations et des territoires

L’organisation de la Biennale est coordonnée par Approches Cultures et Territoires

Pour le territoire de Marseille-Provence, la Biennale s’inscrit dans la Capitale européenne de la culture 2013

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Why Cities Provide Services to Undocumented Migrants

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Why Cities Provide Services to Undocumented Migrants

Please join us to hear Open Society Fellow Sarah Spencer and New York City Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Fatima Shama discuss how cities on two continents provide essential services to irregular migrants, at a time when such arrangements are increasingly under threat.

Among the questions they will address are: How do cities serve undocumented migrants now, and how can they serve them better? What are the economic and social imperatives that lead city governments to provide access to services, despite the fact that doing so often carries a steep political price? And what lessons do U.S. cities provide for those in Europe—and vice versa?


  • Sarah Spencer is an Open Society Fellow and former chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum, a network of equality and human rights organizations in Britain.
  • Fatima Shama is Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs for New York City.
  • Moderator Archana Sahgal is program officer in the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Equality Fund.

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Inicia el ciclo 2014 del Seminario Permanente de Migración Internacional de El Colef. La sesión inaugural se realizará el viernes 21 de marzo a las 9:30 horas (tiempo del pacífico) en el aula magna Raúl Rangel de El Colef, sede Tijuana.


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El Dr. David Brotherton, de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York quien impartirá la conferencia Bulimia social, estigma y el deportado dominicano, en la cual se abordarán la venganza de la deportación y la estigmatización de los deportados en el reingreso a su patria.


El Dr. Luis Barrios, de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York que impartirá la conferencia Una verdad peligrosa: deportaciones y políticas de exclusión en la República Dominicana, donde se abordará la realidad de los deportados dominicanos y la violación de sus derechos humanos.

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