Celebrating 40 years: third world Liberation Front

In 1969, the third world Liberation Front (twLF) was formed by students of color at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and UC Berkeley to demand that our classrooms teach about the struggles of third world peoples through the formation of a Third World College. Out of this movement came Ethnic Studies as a college (at SFSU) and as department at UC Berkeley.  The week of March 7-14th will commemorate twLF with a series of events that examine, evaluate, and celebrate how far we have come in the past 40 years, and how much farther we need to go.

PAA’s 40th Anniversary Gala kicked off the week. But there’s still more.  Below is a line up of the events:

Sunday, March 8th: Poetry After the Storm: 8pm in MCC*
Poetry, music, and speakers raising consciousness about the ongoing tragedy of Katrina and its effects on the Gulf Coast
Sponsored by the Magnolia Project

Monday, March 9th: State of the Struggle:
Students of color keep it live from ’69 through today
Contexualizing what’s going down for students of color at Cal
Sponsored by bridges Multicultural Resource Center

Tuesday, March 10th: Activism Right There
7pm Zellerbach Auditorium
celebrating the history of activism at Cal through words, dance, and song
Sponsored by the Activism Right There Coalition

Wednesday, March 11th: building OUR movement: pushing it forward, keeping it real
6-8pm in the MCC*
a space to be critical about our organizing, building on the hXstories of resistance movements & ethnic studies to explore our movement today
Sponsored by Xinaxtli

Thursday, March 12th: Personal Narratives from the Struggle for Ethnic Studies
3:30-6:00pm in the MCC*
feat. Carlos Munoz, Roberto Hernandez, Maria Brenes, Ethnic Studies alumni and students
Sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Student Collective

Friday, March 13th: Inter-Generational Dinner
7pm-10pm in the MCC*
Sponsored by twLF 40th Anniversary Coalition
celebrating our community, commemorating those we’ve lost
Click here to register online

Saturday, March 14th: 19th Annual API Issues Conference (APIICON)
9:00am – 4:00pm, Lipman Room, Barrows Hall
“FOCALIZE. Realize. Vocalize. Mobilize.”
opening remarks: Yuri Kochiyama

keynote: Helen Zia
Sponsored by APIICON Coalition
Featuring TWLF panel with former 1969 strikers sponsored by The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alumni Chapter
TWLF Anniversary dinner (3/14, 5:30pm, @ MCC/Heller)
Sponsored by The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alumni Chapter

All events are ASUC Sponsored | Wheelchair Accessible

*MCC: the MultiCultural Center (Heller Lounge), in the MLK Student Union


Join the facebook group here to receive daily updates about the upcoming events.

{Cristal Fiel/ Editor in Chief}

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