For the past two weeks, the 9th grade class at the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) and I have been participating in a financial literacy workshop led by a graduate student from the University of San Diego (USD). Although these workshops are intended specifically for high school students, I have actually learned more than I expected to from them. For example, I learned that it is not only important to save money, but it is also important to have a reason why I save. In other words, it is important to save with the intention of achieving a specific goal. This experience made me realizeRead More →

At the last Monday night meeting I attended, I had such a big learning experience. As usual, as we stuffed envelopes to send out to our detained friends at Otay Mesa and Etowah, we also got to read through the incoming letters. As I was going through the letters, I came across a thick stack of papers (roughly 15 pages), which was unusual because the letters I have read this far have only been about 1-2 pages. When I began to read the stack of papers, a ton of emotions hit me at once. One of our detained friends was writing to Detainee Allies toRead More →

This photo was taken when our group put on the workshop “College 101.” In short, the workshop was a major success. We were able to convey the nitty gritty details about college, fun parts about higher education, and answered some questions the students had. We decided that this would be the best approach because the students are predominantly first-generation, working-class students. Since some of us identify with these backgrounds, we felt it would be helpful to share our experiences in a fun and digestable manner. Overall, the students were very receptive to our workshop. Students asked engaging questions and we were able to make themRead More →

This was my first visit to Chicano Park. I’ve only caught glimpses of it while driving over the Coronado Bridge, so it was really nice to walk through it to see the murals up close. It was also nice to get Professor Alvarez’s crash course on Chicano Park to reinforce what I have learned about the park from my other U.S. history courses. I was in such awe about how beautiful the murals were and the massive scale of them. My favorite pieces were the water fountain, “The Undocumented Worker,” and the Che Guevara piece. The symbolism of “The Undocumented Worker” piece is very powerful:Read More →

This was my first trip to Chicano Park. I’m glad I came on this day and got some of the history from Professor Luis Alvarez,  before exploring the park and surrounding area by myself. I have learned so much about Chicano Park during my 2+ years in Ethnic Studies, including from Mexican American Culture class during my community college days in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have come a long way to be studying Ethnic Studies, and to be in San Diego, a borderland, or what Harsha Walia would call a “nexus of oppression,” at the heart of it, really brings all the academic theoryRead More →

Chicanx Park as a whole does not end at the border where the grass field and cemented sidewalk meet, but rather the park is incorporated into the fabric of the community. Chicanx Park is a reflection of the community. Originally planned to be a CHP Control Center, the community of Barrio Logan resisted this plan and reclaimed their land by protesting to stop construction from going further. Walking within Chicanx Park, seeing all the murals, gave me a deeper understanding of the power of murals to tell a story. Each pillar in Chicanx Park that sustains the Coronado bridge reminds the community of city governmentRead More →

My first time at Chicano park was last year during Chicano park day and it quickly became one of my favorite places. Last Thursday I found myself looking at murals that I had never really seen before despite the number of times I had been at the park. The first picture I attached to this post was one of the murals I had not seen before, however it has become one of my favorites because it depicts a Chicano man and I find the message below it empowering as a Chicana. The message reinforces the pride of being ChicanX and rejects immigration. The mural withRead More →

Our visit to Chicano Park last Thursday was my first time there and a really great opportunity to see and understand how art, history, and space are so closely related in Barrio Logan. I loved getting a chance to walk around and explore the murals as well as the other forms of art that are displayed all throughout the park. In connection to what we are learning in class, visiting Chicano Park offered a way of seeing how community history can be preserved and shared in a number of ways, including through art. Murals, in particular, can be a way to resist and redefine theRead More →

In the world of movement building and organizing, one of the key goals is the practice of turning the people power already generated and institutionalizing it. This may take a variety of forms, among the most common though is the creation of a literal space dedicated to the power of the movement. Chicano Park is that space. In transforming the movement building that began in the 1960s and continues to the present from the fragile world of social world into the concrete world of physical spaces, it preserves the legacy and experience of these movements and in doing so empowers future organizers of the ChicanoRead More →

Tall murals, vibrant colors, and revolutionary imagery; all of this under a concrete jungle that is the Coronado Bridge. History comes together in many forms, and Chicano Park is the artistic expression and connection of years of struggle in Logan. When I came here for the first time, I was in awe of how the tall highway pillars were turned into murals, reclaiming land and culture through a living, evolving, ceremonial park.Read More →