Freedom and Justice in Chicana/o Geographies

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 5, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Stevie Ruiz
Chairs: Stevie Ruiz


This paper session will examine the contours of space and power relations with regard to law enforcement, land rights, and workers' rights in California. Ofelia Cuevas, for example, will examine the expansion of Los Angeles City jails with regard to African-American and Chicana/o mass incarceration. Daniel Olmos will analyze the spatial politics of ordinance laws from 1984-2011, as city planners imposed harsh restrictions on day labor sites. Stevie Ruiz will focus his presentation on the National Land For People Movement, a land movement initiated by farm workers in the 1960s to redistribute land into the hands of Chicana/o workers. Collectively, the presenters will use each of their case studies to examine how city, state, and federal officials regulated the spatial life of Chicana/os in the United States, while at the same time examining the ways in which these communities imagined geographies of freedom and justice.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ofelia Cuevas*, UC Davis Geography Graduate Group, Race, Police and the LA Human 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Daniel Olmos*, University of Denver, Visibilities of Surplus: Latino Migrant Day Laborers and Social Reproduction in Urban Borderzones 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Stevie Ruiz*, California State University - Northridge, The National Land for People Movement and the Chicana/o Environmental Imaginary 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Horacio Gomez*, , Latinos Remaking Place and Creating Hope amidst Environmental Injustice in Los Angeles 20 9:00 AM
Discussant David Correia University Of New Mexico 20 9:20 AM

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