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Strategic Issues - The Fight for Necessities Is the Fight Against Fascism


Resistance makes sense only if the status quo was good to begin with. The mass movement and revolutionaries are beginning to demand consideration of strategic issues. We have been "fighting back" for generations. How can we pass over to the offensive? What does this mean in the face of a rising fascist movement and a consolidating police state? This panel will encourage a broader discussion of these critical issues.
FRIDAY August 24, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 2


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PHD in Anthropology, Bi-lingual teacher in both rural and urban settings, public school teacher from Kindergarten to Higher Ed

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MARS (Marxism in the Age of Robotics) -
Born in El Sereno, California in 1981, Matt Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing - a fearless, challenging and at times even confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory - is a reflection of those realities. The poetry of Matt Sedillo is in turn a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and at others a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. Passionate, analytical, humorous and above all sincere, a revolutionary poet fortunate enough to be living in interesting times, the artistry of Matt Sedillo is a clarion call for all those who know a new world is not only possible but inevitable.​ Los Angeles poet Matt Sedillo has won the 2017 Joe Hill Poetry Award. As stated on the Labor Heritage website the ” Joe Hill Award honors leaders and artists who have contributed to the successful integration of arts and culture in the labor movement, given every year at the Great Labor Arts Exchange is awarded to persons based on their dedication, participation, and promotion of labor, labor arts, culture, organizing, and/or history.” The Labor Heritage Foundation has presented this annual lifetime achievement award for work in the field of labor culture since 1989.

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Dr. Irene
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The Southwest Political Report
Irene Sanchez is a Xicana, Mama, educator, writer, and poet who is passionate about writing as defining and storytelling as resistance to oppression. Grounded in living testimonio of what it means to be human, she engages with people through projects she works on and centers social justice in her research, investigation, reflections, and production of stories, essays, talks, presentations, workshops, poetry, and academic writing. As an educator of Race and Ethnic Studies, Irene believes in empowerment through knowledge and culture. She is the co-founder of The Southwest Political Report and Xicana Ph.D. Blog where you can find some of her writings. Irene has spoken/featured at: University of Washington-Seattle (WA), Highline CC (WA), Everett CC (WA), South Seattle CC (WA), Reed College (OR), Chapman University (CA), Harvard University (MA), Adelante Mujer Latina (CA), Y.E.L.L (WA), University of California, Riverside, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, El Mundo Zurdo (Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua), OC Ethnic Studies Summit (CA), Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, El Mundo Zurdo-The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua, Latino Rebels Radio, Telesur English, Supa Daily Latina, Inside Higher Education, and more!

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