The Center invites you to celebrate the 2016 Day of Remembrance and the UN World Day of Social Justice on Saturday February 20th by attending a very special reception from 2-4pm. This will be your final opportunity to see our visiting exhibit, Exodus/ Éxodo, a powerful series of photographs by Julián Cardona that documents the forced exodus of people from Mexico to the United States over the past decade, and the state and economic violence migrants face. According to the United Nations, nearly 60 million people are currently displaced by conflict and persecution in an unprecedented series of worldwide migrations. Cardona’s photographs offer a distinctive perspective on our regional participation in this global tragedy.
To honor the stories captured in this exhibit, the Center has partnered with the Gluck OPA Fellows Program at the University of California, Riverside to host a very special performance. Undergraduate fellow, music major, and vocalist Alfredo Medina will interpret several classic songs in the mariachi tradition and discuss the significance of this music to his own heritage as it connects him to communities on both sides of the border. Alfredo’s story, like those captured in Exodus and in the history of Japanese American internment and redress honored every February on the Day of Remembrance, remind us that socially just relations are built, not only through the efforts of global organizations like the United Nations, but through the actions of everyday individuals in local communities.
So come by, enjoy the food and music, and take advantage of this final opportunity to view Exodus/ Éxodo in Riverside. We look forward to seeing you!