2024 Todo Cambia Merced Human Rights Film Festival

5200 N Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95343

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Led by Professor Jonathan Gomez, San Jose State University, this workshop experiments with the role of poetry in invisioning and claiming justice across Central Valley, CA.


Dr. Jonathan D. Gomez is a Poet and Assistant Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San José State University. Gomez was born and raised in the City Terrace barrio of East Los Angeles. He is the founder and facilitator of the Culture Counts Reading Series, a transformative pedagogy project that encourages participants to utilize poetry as provocation and permission to write about and speak up for their rights to a livable destiny. His scholarship and teaching center race, space, and the connections between Chicanx cultural expression and urban social movements.


Alberto Camacho I am a proud product of East San Josè in every aspect - this side of town has given me a kind of nurturing that's very unique. I currently server the East Side as an educator at Silver Creek High where I work hard to remind students of their capabilities and the beauty that they bring to campus.


Jorge Castillo is a Transfer student and graduating Senior at SJSU who is Majoring in Chicana and Chicano Studies with a Minor in African-American Studies. He is from Pacoima, CA in the San Fernando Valley. Until he participated in CCRS, his exposure to poetry consisted of listening to Hip Hop poets such as Tupac Shakur, Lauryn Hill, and Nasir Jones. As a Prison Abolitionist scholar, Jorge has learned through CCRS just how impactful poetry can be for creating healing spaces of conviviality that center creativity, community care & holistic wellbeing, and liberation.


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