Love in the Time of Corona: Organizing, Action, and Coalition

Date & Time:
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please join us on October 31, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this digital Afro-Latinx/Latinx/Indigenous Heritage Celebration Symposium.


10 a.m. | Danza Azteca Xiuhtecuhtli Opening Prayer & Workshop (50 min)

Join us for a workshop around Indigenous dancing and learning about the meaning behind the dress and dance with Sacramento-based ceremonial dance circle Danza Azteca Xiuhtecuhtli. Xiuhtecuhtli is the gaurdian energy of fire, day, and heat. As the caretaker of the fire that sits in the center of the four directions, Xiuhtecuhtli represents the blessings of warmth in the cold and light in the darkness. Danza Azteca Xiuhtecuhtli, likewise, focuses on preserving indigenous traditions for future generations by being a warm and guiding light for families. 

11 a.m. | Watsonville Campesino Appreciation Caravan (WCAC) (50 min)

Valentina Velasquez ‘20 graduated from SMC with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Spanish. She will provide a presentation on the WCAC movement consisting of organizing support of migrant farmworkers during the pandemic. Q&A will follow the presentation.

12 p.m. | Tovah Cook & Dr. Julia Hernandez, Black Binder (50min)

This workshop will focus on how to build Black & Brown power through accomplice work, and will share tools from their book on how to take action and dismantle oppressive systems.

1 p.m. | Poetry Performance by Ariana Brown with Q&A led by Dr. Raina León (50 min)

Ariana Brown is a Black Mexican American poet, performer, and workshop facilitator who tours college campuses, poetry slams, and local organizations to speak about queer Black feminism, queer Black futures, affirmation, care, and (sometimes) critiques of Latinidad. Saint Mary's very own Faculty member, Dr. Raina Leon, will provide lead a Q&A discussion following the performance.

2 p.m. | Healing Justice Circle with Atabey’s Rising Tides (ART) (20 min)

RaheNi Gonzalez is a Two Spirit Boricua Taino Ceremonialist, Sacred Artist, Healer & Activist. They are deeply committed to healing the earth, the waters & our collective wounds of colonization, modernization & industrialization. They are passionate about creating sacred space & altars dedicated to ancestors & community healing. Join us for guided meditation, moving into a visualization of a world where BIPOC can finally breathe freely. A world where all people are truly equal & safe.

2:30 p.m. | Student Mixer at the End with DJ Moreno (30 min)

* DJ performances and suprise guests will be featured during the breaks.

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