The maquiladora factories have long been a controversial issue of cheap labor between the US corporations and Mexico’s poor: poverty wages vs job opportunity, hazardous working environments vs lack of accountability. Make up your own mind at the Tour Maquilero, where you can visit workers’ neighborhoods in Tijuana and get the scoop on their conditions and struggles. The tour is sponsored by the San Diego Maquiladora Workers’ Solidarity Network and CITTAC, the Tijuana Workers Information Center. The tour takes place this Sat, Nov 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $30 regular, $20 students Donations cover the bus, lunch, and a donation to Tijuana worker organizations. For more info, contact Herb Shore at email@example.com, or call (619) 287-5535. For more information about Maqui-ladoras and the tour, click or go to http://sdmaquila.org/.
SD911Truth’s video series for November will feature a screening of 911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions, with a special guest appearance by the writer, director, and narrator of the film, Sofia, a.k.a. Smallstorm on Sun, Nov 12, at 6:30 p.m. 911 Mysteries is the first female-produced documentary on the anomalies of 9/11. Joyce Beers Community Center Hillcrest (1010 Vermont St), in the Uptown Shopping Center, 1-1/2 blocks north of University Avenue. A $5.00 donation is requested but not required.
La Ra-zuh is coming! La Ra-zuh is coming, actually, just planning on it for now. Please join human rights groups Si Se Puede, Immigrant Rights Coalition, and Gente Unida this Tuesday, Nov 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at City College (Room B-104, Bldg B, 1313 Park Boulevard) to help organize A Peoples’ Hearing on Immigration and Border Policy, an action that will take place in February 2007 at the US-Mexico border. Groups will discuss: deportation and its affect on immigrant families; victimization of undocumented workers; vigilante violence towards day laborers; militarization of the border; the state of federal legislation; and grassroots organizing.
San Diego’s own Latino funksters Agua Dulce will be mixing it up with their innovative mezcla of funk, jazz, Caribbean and musica Africana drum beats that shake the crowd this Sat, Nov 11, at Winston’s (1921 Bacon St) in Ocean Beach. Doors open at 9 p.m. Band stays jamming til the doors close. For more info about hours, location, or cover charge, call the bar at (619) 222-6822.
San Diego REPertory Theatre has commissioned a new interactive musical comedy by San Diego favorite Rick Najera as part of the 10th Anniversary of the Calafia Initiative. It’s called Quinceañera and is directed by Sam Woodhouse, with choreography by Cynthia Morales. It will run until this Sunday, November 12, in the Lyceum Space in Horton Plaza (79 Horton Plaza) in downtown San Diego. The cast features Katie Barberi, (Amor no tiene precio, El, Inocente de ti) joined by Carlo D’Amore, Peter James Cirino, Sonia Lopez, Alma Martinez, Rick Najera and Fernando Vega. For times and tickets, call (619)-231-3586.
Award winning filmmaker John Carlos Frey exposes the harsh realities of life for thousands of day laborers in Southern California, living in tents in the canyons of Carmel Valley, in his film Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon. It will be viewed at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (5998 Alcala Park), in the IPJ Theatre on Thurs, Nov 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Transborder institute, USD’s Social Issues Committee and Joan B. Kroc Institute. For more info, call (619) 260-7509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.