Dignity to Dream

Wednesday, March 24


9:35-11 AM

Keynote: Willie Perdomo 

The Poet's Dream Space


11:10-12:35 PM

Annie Rios, Esq., Uprise Theater

Re-Envisioning the Law for Social Justice


Oftentimes, complex legal systems are used to condemn marginalized peoples. This workshop focuses on reimagining what legal systems could look like if communities reclaimed power and used the law as a shield and a sword.



Reclaiming Our Stories 

Book Release Reading

Reclaiming Our Stories 2 is the second collection published by San Diego City Works Press that features the writing of Southeast San Diegans. Many are, or have been, students at City College and most, if not all, are first-generation college students. They have all survived and continue their struggle to overcome the constant challenges of being Black, Brown and poor in San Diego. These narratives deal with complex issues encompassing race, class, place, family, mental and physical health, gender, disability, and identity. Above all, however, they are stories of life, loss, and determination to thrive.


12:45-2:10 PM

Carol Lynn Curchoe Burton, ART Compass, a Fertility Guidance Technology 

The Thin Pink Line: Regulating Reproduction


A critical exploration of historical perspectives and controversial topics in modern gynecology from birth control to sterilization, to episiotomies and the “husband stitch,” to “educational” pelvic exams, shackling laboring convicts, gender affirming surgery, human embryo research, assisted reproduction and more.


12:45-2:10 PM

Leroy Moore, Krip-Hop Nation (co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee)

Black Disability in Resistance and Creating: Storytelling & Moore


What does Black disabled resistance looks & sounds like through time, ancestry stories, to today’s Krip-Hop stories and cultural work worldwide through book readings, songs, visual arts, videos and podcasts.  Leroy would love to share this new presentation showing Black disability resistance & creating from our Black disabled ancestors to today Krip-Hop Nation’s cultural work in USA & internationally.


2:20-3:45 PM

Kelsey Daniels, Rudy Fabunan, Jenn Frost Moreno, Christina Griffin

We All We Got San Diego Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid - Solidarity not charity

Organizers of We All We Got San Diego will discuss the formation of their collective, the philosophies guiding their work, the challenges that come with creating systems that are in direct opposition to the standard model of charity, and the community sourced solutions that they are growing in.


2:20-3:45 PM

Veterans Panel

Deported Veterans: Honor Denied

James L. Smith II, Robert Vivar, J. Allen Ruhman, Heather Boxeth, Fernando Cervantes

Moderator: Kitty Harris




7:00-9:00 PM

VAMP (Visual /Audio Monologue Performance)


VAMP is a student storytelling showcase produced by San Diego City College’s City Voices and So Say We All, a community arts organization. At VAMP, 8 students will tell their true stories with visual accompaniment in response to the theme Wake Up.

Thursday, March 25


9:35-11 AM

KEYNOTE: Yusef "Bunchy" Shakur, 

My Life After Incarceration: Resisting the Intersectionality of Poverty, Neighborhood Displacement, and Incarceration of Black and Brown Bodies.


11:10-12:35 PM

Dr. Vicki Alexander, President of Healthy Black Families and Suzette Chaumette, MPH

Cubans Do It Right! Lowest Infant and Maternal Deaths in the World! (The world thanks Cuba for its support during COVID-19.)

Come LEARN how this has been achieved. How can this be accomplished in San Diego? What is your role? Some FACTS: 2019 was the first year that NOT ONE INFANT DEATH was recorded in the Province of Matanzas (rural area where poverty was highest and where the Cuban revolution was launched in 1959 at which time the infant mortality rate was 140 for every 1,000 babies born). Since 2015, NOT ONE INFANT HAS BEEN BORN WITH THE HIV VIRUS


11:10-12:35 PM

Social Justice and the Arts Panel (in conjunction with World Cultures)

Can the Arts Create Social Change?


How effective are the arts in pushing social change? Are some art forms more effective than others? A diverse panel will consider these questions while encouraging students to do the same. Panelists will include How effective are the arts in pushing social change? Are some art forms more effective than others? A diverse panel will consider these questions while encouraging students to do the same.



AJ Bermuda (Writer and Filmmaker)

Anna Delgado (Assistant Professor, Fine Art, San Diego City College)

Zaquia Mahler Salinas (Dancer and Choreographer, San Diego City College alumna)

Kate Neff Stone (Assistant Professor, Dramatic Arts, San Diego City College)

George Varga (Music Critic, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego City College alumnus)


12:45-2:10 PM

Dr. Shamell Bell, Sharlia Lebreton-Gulley Paz, Bernard Brown, Street Dance Activism

Collective Freedom Dreaming with Street Dance Activism


In his book Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Tradition, Dr. Robin DG Kelley advises, “Without new visions, we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us”. With inspiration from the vocabulary of Kelley, and our “collective freedom dreams,” Dr. Shamell Bell and members of Street Dance Activism lead us in a process of transformation that shifts us toward a new vision and a dance piece of liberation.


12:45-2:10 PM

Laila Aziz, Pillars of the Community

Policing, Policy, and Mass Incarceration


In this presentation, Laila Aziz will talk about the systems that lead to mass incarceration from the ballot box to the jail cell. Learn how we got here and what needs to be done to get out. 


2:20-3:45 PM

Mitchelle Woodson, Esq Think Dignity

The Perpetuation of Poverty Through the Criminal Justice System


Homeless people in California have faced growing punishment for their mere presence in public space. In a recent report, researchers from UC Berkeley School of Law identified over 500 California municipal laws criminalizing sitting, resting, sleeping and sharing of food in public places. These municipal laws do not reduce the incidence of either homelessness or crime. Instead, they result in increased incarceration rates and financial indebtedness of homeless people, making it more difficult for them to secure housing, employment, and medical care. 


Rather than responding to homeless persons as affront to the senses and to their neighborhoods, citizens and local authorities should see in their presence a tragic indictment of community and government policies. 

2:20-3:45 PM

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, UC San Diego (sponsored by PATH) 

Unwalling Citizenship


Forman and Cruz will discuss their work on "citizenship culture" at the U.S.-Mexico border and the network of educational spaces they have co-developed with border communities to cultivate regional and global solidarities.