Chiriaco Summit Author

SOHA’s Dr. Mary Contini Gordon was recently a part of Calabasas Author’s Night. Please see the article posted on the station’s site below:

“Business and Innovation Leader, Speaker, Writer/Researcher and Author Dr. Mary Contini Gordon is a meticulous researcher with years of examining organizational issues in the public and private sectors. She was the executive director of the Hughes Institute for Professional Development and oversaw professional and executive development across all five Hughes Companies. After retiring at the end of 2008, she became the facilitator for the Arizona Technology Council’s CEO Network in Tucson, mostly small companies, some family businesses.

Her latest book, “Chiriaco Summit, Built by Love in the Desert“: “Wine was free, but we had to pay for water.”

Joe Chiriaco and his thirteen siblings heard this from their Italian immigrant father as he recounted his ocean journey to America. In the face of limited water and rudimentary dirt roads, Joe and his Norwegian wife, Ruth Bergseid, founded Chiriaco Summit in the 1930s, a desert travel oasis on today’s Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles, promising to serve the world on wheels.

The twenty-four-seven challenges are lightened with the courtship of two feisty lovers, the frolicking of youngsters in the desert, more loves, and the juxtaposition of some very imposing personalities, including those of Joe Chiriaco and General Patton.

After moving through new aqueducts and highways, military camps, societal upheavals, and a welcome new set of hard-working immigrants, the twenty-first century brings provisions for electric cars, modern aircraft, and ATV facilities outside Joshua Tree National Park from whence the first Summit waters flowed.

Dr. Gordon is dedicated to telling the stories of those who may not be well known, but contribute mightily to the fabric of this country.”

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OHA Call for Posters

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“Oral History in Our Challenging Times” Oral History Association
2018 Annual Meeting
October 10-14, Montreal, Canada
“We are now accepting poster submissions at OHA 2018.
We invite submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the Oral History Association Conference at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada from October 10-14, 2018 The session will take place on Saturday, October 13. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, ‘Oral History in Our Challenging Times’ are especially welcome, but any timely subject of interest to oral history will be considered. Presenters must be available to discuss their posters and projects during the session.”

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Visit http://www.oralhistory.org/2018-call-for-posters/ for full details.
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Immigration Crisis

Digital Humanities for Social Good

Torn Apart aggregates and cross-references publicly available data to visualize the geography of Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy in 2018 and immigration incarceration in the USA in general. We also draw attention to the landscapes, families, and communities riven by the massive web of immigrant detention in the United States.

Working nimbly and remotely from four sites in the United States over a six-day period, our small team of researchers set about identifying sources of data on immigrant detention, from ports of entry run by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, to shelters subcontracted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to care for children in their custody, to the financial trails left by a network of public, private, and non-profit organizations complicit with the complex infrastructure of immigrant detention in the United States.

Our sources for obtaining the data were varied. Those we worked from included a FOIA-ed list of ICE facilities, publicly available lists of CBP sites, data sets of ICE detainee hearings, state childcare licensing databases, government grant awards lists, and USASpending.gov . We cross-checked our data through non-governmental sources as well: news reports about immigrant detention, business databases, tax documents for non-profit organizations, job advertisements, Google Maps entries, Facebook Places, and more. All of our data has been verified through a minimum of two sources, at least one directly from the government.

What our data reveals is a shadowy network of government facilities, subcontractors from the prison-industrial complex, “non-profit” administrators paid over half a million dollars a year, and religious organizations across the country that, together, prop up the immigrant detention machine. Immigrant detention is a multi-billion dollar business and it’s happening in our own backyards. The crisis for immigrants in the United States is not only happening at the Mexico-United States border or other ports of entry. Rather, the border is everywhere.

This is not to say that Torn Apart, now in alpha release, paints a complete picture of immigrant detention. Like all maps, ours is a representation of data, reflecting choices we made while designing visualizations. For example, a simple decision to place data points in the foreground rather than in the background offers a very different reading of the locations of ICE detention centers, as the map below demonstrates.”

Read more here: http://xpmethod.plaintext.in/torn-apart/

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Who Is Making Money from ICE in Your State?

“Hundreds of for-profit and nonprofit corporations have pulled in billions of dollars worth of ICE contracts in recent years. See where these ICE operations take place and where the corporations are headquartered.” Read more here: https://readsludge.com/2018/07/06/who-is-making-money-from-ice-in-your-state/

ACLU: Under half of child reunions will meet Tuesday deadline

“The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss a court-ordered deadline to reunite young children who were separated at the border with their parents in more than half of the cases. The ACLU said late Sunday the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 years old and that “appears likely that less than half will be reunited” by Tuesday’s deadline.” Read more here:

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/aclu-under-half-of-child-reunions-will-meet-tuesday-deadline/?__twitter_impression=true

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER

download“We are part of an international movement calling for an end to cruel and inhumane immigration policies.”

ENGLISH: Families Belong Together opposes the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S.  We protest the conditions in which these children are kept. We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.

To separate immigrant families, victims of violence, hunger and poverty, is to re-violate them. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mother’s arms by the U.S. government. This is violent abuse. These families are victimized again by the government to which they turn for help. Families Belong Together opposes the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol, and I.C.E. and calls for immediate reform.

ESPAÑOL: Familias Unidas, No Divididas rechaza la separación cruel, inhumana e injustificada de niños de sus padres a lo largo de la frontera de los Estados Unidos con México y en otros puertos de entrada a los EE. UU. Protestamos por las condiciones en las que se mantienen a estos niños. Protestamos contra el trauma irreversible que ya se ha perpetrado contra estos niños y sus padres por el delito de buscar una vida mejor.

Separar a las familias inmigrantes, familias víctima de la violencia, el hambre y la pobreza es volver a violentarlas. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos separa a niños de tan solo 18 meses de los brazos de sus madres. Esto es abuso. Estas familias son nuevamente victimizadas por el gobierno al que acuden en busca de ayuda. Familias Unidas, No Divididas se opone a las políticas inhumanas de la administración de Donald Trump, Protección Fronteriza y I.C.E. y pide una reforma inmediata.”

Read more here: https://familiesbelong.org

#FamiliesBelongTogether #immigration

 

Del Mar Historical Society

The Del Mar Historical Society (DMHS) provided an oral history recording station at the new Civic Center opening ceremony on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Annie DuVal facilitated the recording sessions for the attendees. These narratives will be part of the “Audio Tapestry ” that they are creating and will be displayed at a later date. Suzi Resnik, the SOHA 2017 Mink awardee, shared her story of becoming involved with local history. She instituted the Del Mar Voices project in 1995. These interviews are included in the San Diego County Library System. Resnik stated, “Since then, we have continuously recorded the oral histories in the form of narrative conversations of former Del Mar Mayors, old Timers, community leaders.” She continued to explain that they are digitally recording the narratives of “people who grew up on the beach, and the voluntary associations of Del Mar such as the Del Mar Foundation, Friends of the Powerhouse, Community Connections, Friends of the Library, the Del Mar TV Foundation and more.” DMHS hopes to continue this city partnership and provide listening stations at farmer’s market. Assistant City Manager Kristen Cane stated, “This introduces a new park space to the community. We’ll be having the farmers market here. That was always part of the vision.” Read more about the space in the San Diego Union Tribune.

To become involved with their project, visit http://www.delmarhistoricalsociety.org/ for more information. The Del Mar Historical Society “is an independent 501(c)(3), California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation founded in 1985, striving to fulfill its long-time mission to discover, record, collect, preserve, perpetuate, and display for public benefit the historical facts, artifacts, properties, and other material concerning the history of the village of Del Mar.”

The new Del Mar Civic Center on a lot that slopes away from Camino del Mar toward the ocean. (Photo by Charlie Neuman)

Latina History Project

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The Latina History Project (LHP) at Southwestern University is “Co-directed by faculty members Dr. Brenda Sendejo (Anthropology) and Dr. Alison Kafer (Feminist Studies) the LHP is a faculty-student research project that aims to enhance undergraduate education and provide resources on Latina/o and Chicana/o history in the Central Texas region. While the project began with the goal of digitizing the ‘Rostros y Almas/Faces and Souls’ exhibit on local Tejanas, it has grown to encompass the broader mission of enhancing understandings of Latina/o and Chicana/o history. The LHP does so through the collection of oral histories from past and present members of Southwestern community as well as several activists, including key figures in the Chicana/o Movement in Texas.” Explore their Omeka collection and discover oral histories such as Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva’s narrative.

View their online exhibits here: http://latinahistoryproject.omeka.net/exhibits

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Anthropology and Oral History: the Latina History Project in the News

The Legacy of La Raza Unida: Anthropology professor’s research focuses on early Chicana activists in Texas

[True] Stories Webinar on Oral History Methods, Dr. Brenda Sendejo

Unboxing the Buried Seeds of My Belonging

 

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

The @UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) archives Oral Histories that showcase the “life narratives of prominent Chicano and Latino figures. The life narratives have been recorded and transcribed, and the interviewer and interviewee have reviewed and corrected the transcriptions prior to publication. These oral histories are often undertaken as part of a larger research project and in tandem with archival collections and library holdings.” Visit the @uclacsrc and @ucla_libraryspecialcollections
for more archival holdings.

#Latino #Chicano #protest #history #oralhistory #march #community #Latin #LatinAmerican #American #freedom

 

SOHA Summer 2018 Newsletter

Happy Summer SOHA Members and Supporters,

We hope you enjoy our SOHA Summer 2018 Newsletter, filled with information about SOHA 2018 in Fullerton, California. Thank you to everyone who joined us and to those who made the conference possible. Remember, you keep the Southwest Oral History Association alive and we appreciate your contributions to the field.

At SOHA, we are dedicated to helping oral historians in the American Southwest however we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at soha@unlv.edu or 702-895-5011.

Keep up all the amazing work that you do and keep recording those marginalized histories that empower our communities and country as we need the strength more than ever.

See you soon!

-Marcia M. Gallo & Juan D. Coronado

Co-Presidents

 

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