Discussion on Transnational Indigenous Struggles Set For Jan. 23


Discussion on Transnational Indigenous Struggles Set For Jan. 23
Enrique Ochoa, the Weglyn Endowed Chair of Multicultural Studies, organized the Jan. 23 discussion.

There is a sizable population of indigenous Mexicans and Central Americans in Southern California. People from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca make up one of the largest indigenous groups in this region.

While this migration can be traced back a few decades, indigenous Latin Americans often face double discrimination from other Latinos and from a U.S. system that has little understanding of the diversity of Latino experiences, says Enrique Ochoa, the Weglyn Endowed Chair of Multicultural Studies.

There will be a panel discussion exploring the transnational indigenous struggles of Oaxacans in the politics and culture of Los Angeles and Oaxaca, Mexico, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Downtown Center, 300 W. Second St. in Pomona.

“The recent social movement and government repression in Oaxaca, Mexico, has galvanized Oaxacans and their supporters on both sides of the border to demand justice,” Ochoa says. “The program will deal with these issues of vital importance to California and Mexico.”

Ochoa has invited Francisco Aquino, an elementary school teacher from Oaxaca and Odilia Romero from the FIOB – Oaxacan Binational Indigenous Front, which is a humanitarian NGO (non-governmental organization), to weigh in on the discussion.

Aquino is also currently studying at Cal Poly Pomona through the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships, which is an international teacher training program.

The event, which will be conducted in Spanish and English, is cosponsored by the Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies, Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan and the Multicultural Council.

For further information contact Enrique Ochoa at ecochoa@cpp.edu or (909) 869-3115.