“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.
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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Last May we hosted a literary event that combined migrant daily life, use of public space, and poetry. Video Below:
Video shot by Rocio Romo. Photos by Ernesto Chaves & Rocio Romo. Edited by Henry Pacheco