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Community Conference: Towards a New History & Archive (January 25th)

El Monte Berry Strike. Linocut by Álvaro Daniel Márquez .

El Monte Berry Strike. Linocut by Álvaro Daniel Márquez .

Join South El Monte Arts Posse and Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote for public presentations and discussions on the history of activism, organizing, and social movements in El Monte. Come listen and speak with Diego Flores Magón, Professor Devra Weber, Professor and Performer Rubén Martínez, artists Alvaro Daniel Marquez and doctoral candidate Elias Serna.

Community members are also invited to help us build an archive of South EL Monte and El Monte by bringing family photos for digitalization, participating in creative writing and oral histories.

Saturday, January 25th, 3:00 to 7:00,

South El Monte High School, 1001 N. Durfee Ave.

Introduction: 3:00 to 3:30

            Diego Flores Magón, Director and Founder La Casa

Workshops, Presentations and Discussions

Session A: 3:45 to 4:30

-Chancla Cartography, creative writing for archive with Carribean Fragoza, SEMAP Co-director

-History and state of Chicano/a Studies, Elias Serna, Doctoral Candidate University of California Riverside and Co-Founder of Chicano Secret Service       

-Oral History, Walk-ins.

-Photo Digitalization, residents’ photographs

Session B: 4:45 to 5:30

– El Monte roots: from Revolution to the El Monte berry strike of 1933, Devra Weber, History Professor at University of California, Riverside

-History and state of Chicano/a Studies, Elias Serna, Doctoral Candidate UCR and Co-Founder of Chicano Secret Service

 -Art, History and Memory, Alvaro Marquez, Printmaker

-Photo Digitalization, residents’ photographs

Session C: 5:45 to 6:15

– El Monte roots: from Revolution to the El Monte berry strike of 1933, Devra Weber, History Professor at University of California, Riverside

-Art, History and Memory, Alvaro Marquez, Printmaker

 -Chancla Cartography, creative writing for archive with Carribean Fragoza, SEMAP Co-director

 -Daredevils, Dreamer, and Visionaries, Songs about the San Gabriel Valley, Kent Besoki

6:15 to 6:30, Break and Snacks

 6:30 to 7:00

Musical Performance,

 -Excerpts from The Ballad of Ricardo Flores Magón, a spoken word and musical performance. Ballad focuses on RFM’s time in Los Angeles, exploring the radical geography of the early 1900s. Rubén Martínez is an author, teacher and performer

Building a New Archive with Community

East of East Logo Final-01-1“East of East” is a collaborative and interdisciplinary archive project by the South El Monte Arts Posse and La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote. From January to February 8th SEMAP and La Casa academics, artists, journalists and trained community members will conduct oral histories, creative writing and map making exercises, and digitalize photos. This community generated material will form the basis of a new, digital archive. For more on this project you can read KCET’s article. Throughout the month we will host a series of events, which we will post here. We will also produce articles about SEM/EM, be sure to check out our recent articles on anarchism and Ricardo Flores Magon in El Monte, the founding of South El Monte, and a profile of El Monte author Michael Jaime-Becerra over at Tropics of Meta.

DCA logo 2.“East of East” is made possible by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Exchange International Grant

Ricardo Flores Magón & the Anarchist Movement in El Monte, California

Tropics of Meta

This is the very first installment of our new series, East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte, produced in collaboration with the South El Monte Arts Posse. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be posting entries from a forthcoming anthology about the diverse histories, communities, and cultures of the California cities of El Monte and South El Monte, created by a wide range of scholars, artists, poets, activists and other community members.  The reader is part of the SEMAP-La Casa archive and public history project, and the first entry is brought to us by Yesenia Barragan, Mark Bray, and Alvaro Marquez.

“Forward, comrades! Soon you will hear the first shots; soon the shout of rebellion will thunder from the throats of the oppressed…Land and Liberty!”

These were the prophetic words of the Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón printed…

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