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