CESLAC is dedicated to rebuilding campus civil spaces via events that bring together students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community members by presenting in various formats an example of what holds Americans together, from the Latino experience of the U.S. Civil War.
Civil spaces on college campuses—places where students can freely share differing opinions—are currently threatened by the politics of incivility.
In response, CESLAC is making the effort to:
— Stop the erosion of campus civil space,
— Turn down the politics of rage, and
— Create inclusive civil space.
Civil space on campus can be created and promoted by students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community of each campus, following an example provided by Latinos in California during the U.S. Civil War.
Latinos in the U.S. Civil War? Yes! During that great conflict, which in so many ways defined this country, Latinos in California took a stance on the issues that were tearing this country apart.
— Latinos opposed slavery and supported freedom.
— Latinos opposed white supremacy and supported racial equality.
— Latinos opposed rule by elites and supported democracy.
In their annual celebrations of Cinco de Mayo, Latinos showed the world that they supported civil space in American society.
Creating events for students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community strengthens everyone’s ability to participate in civil space for the open discussion of issues.
A MESSAGE FROM THE ORIGINAL CINCO DE MAYO
During the U.S. Civil War, Latinos in California, Nevada, and Oregon stood up for what was right, supporting freedom and democracy, and opposing slavery and elite rule—supporting racial equality and opposing white supremacy. The same message of hope, unity, and healing can be shared with audiences in a variety of formats:
Other versions of CESLAC’s Cinco de Mayo presentations may also be arranged, to fit audience needs. Please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 592-0326