Chavistas Organized an Uplifting Event Filled with Art, Fun, and Learning
On Saturday, January 25, over 150 students from the San Diego region gathered at the 6th Annual Social Justice Youth Conference hosted by Chavistas from Bell Middle School.
Rez Beats welcomed the crowd with spoken word poetry that opened up the hearts and minds of all. Through their uplifting art they shared that as an indigenous kumeyaay movement, they too struggle for survival as many of their traditions and native tongues are dying. However, their artistic ways foster a sense of community that allows them to preserve what is left of their tribal ways.
Following the opening performance, the students had the opportunity to attend two of the following workshops: African Drumming, How to Advocate for LGBTQRA rights, Learn Your Rights, Immigration Injustices, Latino/Filipino Struggle, Mindfulness Yoga, Project Yano, Hip Hop Expressions, and College and Careers. All the students were ecstatic to attend the many workshops and learn new information.
After the workshop, students gathered for lunch and a resources fair. The facilitators from every workshop were also present to help answer any questions and provide additional information. And of course, there was music!
Student attendees who participated in the Rez Beats workshop ended the day with an expression performance.
Everyone left inspired, energized, and excited for next year's event.
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