May Day Teach-in Schedule and Outline of the Day

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May Day Teach-in Schedule and Outline of the Day

May Day Teach-in Schedule and Outline of the Day

On Steps of B Building facing Park Blvd.

8:30: Gather at B Building

9:00: Greeting and Music by La Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlan

9:05: Jim Miller, Professor, English and Labor Studies: May Day History and how it is relevant to current threats to labor and democracy in the Trump Era.

9:15Rosi Escamilla, Professor, English and Chicano Studies: Lucy Parson’s speech and how it speaks to the present

9:25: Justin Akers-Chacon, Professor, Chicano Studies: May Day and the History of Immigrants’ Rights Struggles

9:35: Enrique Davalos, Professor, Chicano Studies: How Communities are Resisting the Current Assault on Immigration Rights

9:45: Doc Rivera, EOPS Counselor and Personal Growth Professor:  Students as Workers and Activists (Music)

10:00: Masahiro Omae, Professor, Political Science: Economic Inequality and Its Effects on Policy and Democracy

10:10Alejandra Lucero-Canaan, Professor, English and Yaneth Escobosa, City College Alum, Honors Staff: How the Material Consequences of Economic Inequality Intersect with Race and Gender

10:20: Laila Aziz, Board Member, Pillars of the Community, Director of Operations, Metro San Diego: The Prison Industrial Complex as One of the Wages of Economic Inequality

10:30:Kelly Mayhew, Professor, English, Labor Studies Program Coordinator:  How Economic Inequality Intersects with Climate Justice

10:40:Gerald Vanderpot, City College Classified Staff: The Existential Threat to Public Education

10:50:Christy Ball, Professor, English: Students and Adjuncts as Disposable People in the Trump Era

11:00: Music by La Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlanbefore student march and speak out.

11:15 Student March around campus: Sign making at B Building for people arriving from elsewhere

2:15-1:00: Student performances, music, and Speak Out. 

1:00: Music before Rally

AFT, Student, and Community Speakers

2:00: Music by La Rondalla Amerindia de Aztlan and March to Federal Building

May Day Teach-In Study Guide: 10 Questions

 Here are some general questions to consider as you attend the teach-in:

  •  1)    What are the historical origins of May Day or International Workers Day? How does the history of May Day speak to the present?
  • 2)    Who was Lucy Parsons?  How does her speech address issues that we are still dealing with today?
  • 3)    What is the history of the contemporary immigrants’ rights movement?  Why is it important?
  • 4)    How are local communities reacting to the current crack-down on immigrant communities by the Federal Government?
  • 5)    What are some of the challenges community college students face?  What role do students have as workers and activists?
  • 6)    What is our current level of economic inequality?  What effects does it have on our politics and communities?
  • 7)    How does economic inequality intersect with race and gender issues?  How are ordinary people’s lives effected?
  • 8)    What is the role of the prison industrial complex in our communities?
  • 9)    How will current Trump administration policy affect the climate?  Or the environment? What is at stake?
  • 10)How will current Federal education policies affect our schools and colleges?  How will they affect teachers’ and students’ lives?


Mona Alsoraimi-Espiritu
Assistant Professor, English 
High School Coordinator
San Diego City College 


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“A contested deportation proceeding is in essence a quest for the truth, immigration Court and should not cease to be impartial merely because in its quest for truth it perceives avenues of unexplored inquiry brought forth by Respondents who seeks to clarify record by calling attention of Immigration Court to certain areas of inquiry not yet developed. Immigration Courts in deciding to rest on the original record, without seeking further significant likelihood of removal in the reasonably foreseeable future its “leading back to an absurdity”. Lazarus  Archison

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High School Coordinator
San Diego City College 
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Mandatory Prolong Immigration Detentions are Punitive in Nature

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Part I: Mandatory Prolong Immigration Detentions are Punitive in Nature

U.S Supreme Court held that six months is the presumptively reasonable period during which ICE may detain Respondents to effectuate their removal. The Supreme Court held that its ruling in Zadvydas applies equally to inadmissible aliens. Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678 (2001),
Department of Homeland Security administrative regulations also recognize that the HQPDU has six-month period for determining whether there is a significant likelihood of an alien’s removal in the reasonably foreseeable future. 8 C.F.R. Section 241.13 9 (b) (2) (ii). The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a 90-day “removal period” for a deportable and inadmissible alien. 8 U.S.C 1231 (a)(1), INA §241 (a). After the expiration of the “removal period”, if an alien has not been removed, he shall be subject to supervision under regulations prescribed by the Attorney General”, 8 U.S.C. § 1231(a)(3), INA § 241 (a)(3).
However, Respondents who are detained in this private concentration camps spend years after the six-month presumptively removal period ended. The deprivation of Respondents liberty should be narrowly tailored to serve a compelling government interest. While DHS would have an interest in detaining suspects in order to effectuate removal, that interest does not justify the indefinite detention, particularly detainees that are not significantly likely to be removed in the reasonably foreseeable future.
A contested deportation proceeding is in essence a quest for the truth, immigration Court and should not cease to be impartial merely because in its quest for truth it perceives avenues of unexplored inquiry brought forth by Respondents who seeks to clarify record by calling attention of Immigration Court to certain areas of inquiry not yet developed. In deciding to rest on the original record, without seeking further significant likelihood of removal in the reasonably foreseeable future its “leading back to an absurdity.

It is not enough for the government to claim dangerousness on the basis of only past crimes especially one that are remote in time because “presenting danger to the community at one point by committing a crime does not place the petitioner forever beyond redemption. Ngo V. INS 192 F. 3d 390,398 (3rd Cri, 1998). (“Measures must be taken to assess the risk of flight {562 F. Supp. 2d 1124} and danger to the community on a current basis.”) (“The mere conviction of a crime is not adequate basis for finding that an individual is a threat to the community.”) Korkees Vs. Reno, 137 F. Supp. 2d 590, 598 (M.D Pa. 2001)
A right conferring benefits of inestimable value such as due process and equal protection of law, is man’s basic right for it is nothing less than the right to have rights, before sustaining any decision to impose the grave consequences of deportation, the Court to effect such results, it may do only on scrupulously clear justification of proof, and it’s a court duty “to scrutinize the record with the utmost care construing “the facts and the law as far as is reasonably possible in favor of the respondents.

Constitutional Consideration

The ultimate balance involves a determination as to when under our constitutional system do judicial procedure be imposed upon administrative action to answer fairness as deportation is drastic measure. The encroachment on the liberty interest of this Respondents deemed to be subject to mandatory detention raises questions of constitutional magnitude concerning the reach of Section 236 (c) of the Act, and Section 303 (b) (2) IIRIRA, as this statue cast doubts on their constitutionality.
This Statues inflict punishment on the specified individual or group and moreover determinative of their character to punish. Nonetheless, the issue here is not whether congress has Authority to implement the law, but whether the method it has chosen to do so offends constitutional guarantees of Individual Rights. Section 236 (c) any Section 303 (b) (2) IIRIRA, interpreted upon Respondents arrested by Law Enforcement are obliged to provide them place of birth amongst other information solicited for identity. Based on that information along…et (Place of birth and National Origin), ICE issue a detainer ordering the delivery of such person to them upon even before conclusion their legal matters. Sheriff Administrative questioners during intake that demand place of birth or National origin under perjury, compel such an individual to their fifth Amendments Rights ‘and cannot be said such information is obtain legitimately during investigation. Not having sought such conspiracy when asked to state place of birth or National Origin, the Government and Law enforcement Agencies in the ordinary case such individuals are compelled to disclosures instead of claiming the privilege against self-incrimination.
Here Law Enforcement reporting to ICE forms a conspiracy against the individual, when they place an Immigration hold on any person suspected solely on ground that they may be deportable “Aliens” and held under no bond “policy”. One can shout the “Absconders Initiative”, (Dec 2001) as to justify the means in entering names in NCIC, however its purpose was to report those who ignored outstanding deportation orders in violation of the civil provisions of the immigration law. Civic provisions are narrow and limited to individuals listed on the NCIC- which arguably is somewhat within the inherent Authority of States. Even mere existence of a warrant of deportation does not enable all State and local law enforcement to arrest the violator of those civil provisions. (1989 Office of Litigation Council op at 8)
Furthermore, this selective enforcement conspiracy is based on a 1996 opinion by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which concluded as follows; “Subject to the provisions of State Law, state and local Police may constitutionally detain or arrest for violating the criminal provisions of INA. Conclusion thereto is that this Section 236 (c) and Section 303 (b) (2) IIRIRA,] fails to pass constitutional muster on following grounds;
• these statutes “clearly singles out an ascertained group based on past conduct and legislatively the guilt of such group.
• Compels self-incrimination, in violation of the Fifth Amendment privilege.
• Violates the right of equal protection and Inconsistent with protection of the laws guaranteed under due process clause of the 5TH Amendment.
• Create disparities between similar situated suspend including equal treatment under Bail Reform Act.
Art I Section 9, Cl.3, of the Constitution bar by providing that’ “a law that legislatively determines guilt and inflicts punishment upon an identifiable individual without provision of the protections of a judicial trial, such statues violate the constitutional guarantees of substantive and procedural due process. Heretofore, the singling out of an individual for legislatively prescribed punishment constitutes attainder, whether the individual is called by name or described in terms of conduct which, because it is past conduct, operates only as a designation of particular persons. To emphasize, when past activity such as; Aliens convicted, criminal aliens, aggravated felons, serves as “a point of reference for the ascertainment of persons ineluctably designated by the legislature for punishment, the art may be an attainder. See Cummings v. Missouri, 4 KH Wall, 277, 324 (1867).

The framers vested the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Powers in separate branches, with a concern that a legislative should not be able unilaterally to impose a substantial deprivation on specified group of people. The judicial function or constitutional question is “not to destroy the Act if the Court can, but to construe it if consistent with the will of Congress, so as to comport with constitutional limitations. The government, conversely, legislative intent to encourage compliance with the law does not establish that these statutes are merely the legitimate regulation of conduct and in some abstract sense, such activity of advising INS of such data constitute direct enforcement of the civil provisions of federal immigration law hence civil violations of immigration are not cognizable under any formula relating to arrest powers by California peace officers.
This approach based on selective enforcement, clearly violated equal protection clause of the fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and should be subject to restraint.

With all due respect, in light of Trust Act local enforcement officers in California do not have authority to turn investigation of criminal activity into enforcement activity of the civil provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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May Day Call to Action – NOT Business as Usual

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San Diego City College
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518j69JlmuL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Reclaiming Our Stories: Narratives of Identity, Resilience and Empowerment Paperback – September 1, 2016
by Various (Author), Mona Alsoraimi-Espiritu (Editor), Roberta Alexander (Editor), Manuel Paul Lopez (Editor)        

Reclaiming Our Stories: Narratives of Identity, Resilience and Empowerment gathers 19 powerful narratives written by members of the Reclaiming Our Stories Community Writers Workshop located in Southeast San Diego. These authors took great risk bringing these narratives to fruition, stories that pulsate with the kind of vitality that can only be constructed out of pain, love, and outrage.

These authors, almost all of them emerging, reached deeply into their lives to excavate these offerings that, in the end, rise in triumph. Although it wasn’t the intention of the project, most authors chose to write about some of the most traumatic events in their lives. In many cases, we find in these pages brutal reflections of ugly and painful realities confronted by these authors, often from a young age, and often the result of systemic racism and the consequences manifested by a society in which many do not have equal opportunity to thrive.

These are stories of children who have suffered incredible trauma and who do not receive adequate and immediate assistance; of young people who have drowned their pain through the abuse of alcohol and drugs; of those who grew up in environments where the only role models were gang members and hustlers; of a criminal justice system that has, as Michelle Alexander reported in her groundbreaking book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness: More African Americans in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began ; of the human consequences of legal lynch codes, like the California Penal Code 182.5, that under their purview, allow people arrested, tried and convicted for offenses that everyone, including the district attorney, knows they did not commit; of homelessness; of immigrant families torn asunder by unfair immigration practices; of broken families.

These authors counter dominant narratives that attempt to label or mislabel their experiences and worth. Institutional forces often gargantuan in their reach and influence to subjugate or pacify. In this anthology, however, readers will find narratives that reclaim and recast both a reality and future forged on their own terms. In the end, if we believe that humanity’s greatest wisdom has been transported and preserved via the ancient tradition of storytelling, looking forward, it is the indomitable truthSayers that will continue to save us from ourselves examples of such found in these pages. These narratives exemplify the healing that occurs when the courageous work of introspection confronts the merciless blank page and emerges victorious.


On My Knee’s I Bow Before Him


Even though I am Still Less Holly, Sipping on a Mickey and Puffing on a Blunt,
• A child in his relations
• A disciple in learning
• A Friend in partnership
• A Saint in his character
• A soldier in conflict
• A Pilgrim in progress
• A missionary in his effort’s
Thank You Jesus to let me and my children through the doors of City Heights Rock Church as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Amen


Farewell to Charles Quinton Murphy, Actor, Voice Artist, Writer, Comedian

Our Prayers Goes to Murphy’s Family

Charles Quinton Murphy: Gone but not forgotten. As we pay homage, we take this time to thank Charles for many years of laughter!  “Charles reflected into our daily life’s with style and humor, for life we live’ …”I cannot just help laughing when am the target; and I appreciate the punch in the action and smile at it”. The only thing that no one can take away from you’ are our smiles and cries!  Lazarus @

  • murphy picBirth date: 1959Birth place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York (state)|New York, U.S.

Death date

Death place
New York City, New York, U.S
Death cause: Leukemia
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Occupation = Actor, voice artist, writer, comedian
Years active 1989–2017

Spouse/ Marriage Tisha Taylor Murphy    1997-2009

The Best Of Charles Murphy

Murphy’s family released a statement mourning their loss,

Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie,” the statement reads. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter, and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”  Source