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Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:00 p.m. PST via Zoom: Valentine’s Day Reading with Zheyla Henriksen, an event with Open Mike!

Escritores del Nuevo Sol is proud to host International Poet and Activist, Zheyla Henriksen, for a reading and celebration of the release of her new book, Caleidoscopio de Recuerdos: Kaleidoscope of Memories. The event is free of charge, but donations for Escritores del Nuevo Sol will be accepted.

A Zoom Invitation will be sent to those who register online. Everyone is invited, but please REGISTER HERE to RSVP to Escritores, and get the Zoom link for the event.

We encourage everyone to order Zheyla’s book, available here from Amazon.

Saturday, OCTOBER 2, 2021 12:00 p.m. at McKinley Park, Sacramento.

Escritores del Nuevo Sol is proud to host Dr. Lorena V. Márquez at a reading and celebration of the release of her new book, La Gente: Struggles For Empowerment and Community Self-Determination in Sacramento.

We will meet at McKinley Park in Sacramento, between the Memorial Rose Garden and group picnic area. Park on H Street, if you can. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, some picnic food if you want. This informal and relaxed gathering will be the perfect setting to talk about the importance of building community. Everyone is invited, but please try to RSVP to Escritores, just so we know how many people are coming.

We encourage everyone to order from the University of Arizona website (normal price is $ 35.00, but with the code AZFLR there is a 30% discount) so that your book will arrive before the event. Author will have time for Q and A and book signing after this reading, but no books will be available for purchase the day of the reading. No open mike for this event, but you are invited to the next Escritores meeting, on October 16, for a good time of shared food and words!

This is the untold history of Mexican Americans in Civil Rights–era California 

La Gente traces the rise of the Chicana/o Movement in Sacramento and the role of  everyday people in galvanizing a collective to seek lasting and transformative change  during the 1960s and 1970s. In their efforts to be self-determined, la gente contested  multiple forms of oppression at school, at work sites, and in their communities. 

Though diverse in their cultural and generational backgrounds, la gente were  constantly negotiating acts of resistance, especially when their lives, the lives of  their children, their livelihoods, or their households were at risk. Historian Lorena  V. Márquez documents early community interventions to challenge the prevailing  notions of desegregation by barrio residents, providing a look at one of the first cases  of outright resistance to desegregation efforts by ethnic Mexicans. She also shares the  story of workers in the Sacramento area who initiated and won the first legal victory  against canneries for discriminating against brown and black workers and women,  and demonstrates how the community crossed ethnic barriers when it established  the first accredited Chicana/o and Native American community college in the nation. 

Márquez shows that the Chicana/o Movement was not solely limited to a handful  of organizations or charismatic leaders. Rather, it encouraged those that were the  most marginalized—the working poor, immigrants and/or the undocumented, and  the undereducated—to fight for their rights on the premise that they too were contributing and deserving members of society. 

Dr. Lorena V. Márquez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at University of California, Davis where she teaches Chicana/o/x history courses. She is currently the Director of the Sacramento Chicana/o Movement Oral History Project, which has documented 98 oral interviews with local area movement activists. “The Sacramento Movimiento Chicano and Mexican American Education Project Collection” is housed at Sacramento State University, Special Collections/University Archives. For this talk, Dr. Márquez will be discussing her new book: La Gente: Struggles for Empowerment and Community Self-Determination in Sacramento (University of Arizona Press, 2020). The book examines how la gente, or everyday people, grappled with the ideologies, strategies, and political transformations of the Civil Rights era.