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Oral Histories of Environmental Resistance
May 5, 2019, 2-4PM
As part of Unraveling Collective Forms exhibition activist members Jennifer Reyes, Dimas Efren Donis and Hilda Dueñas from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and artist Carolina Caycedo share stories of resistance in Los Angeles and other latitudes.
This event will have simultaneous interpretation in English/Spanish
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Jennifer Reyes is 16 years old junior in Bell Gardens High School. She plays for the varsity waterpolo and swim team and for BG High School and Commerce. She has been participating with East Yard and Youth in Action since freshman year.
Dimas Efren Donis is a dreamer since birth, interested in all noble and just causes, Guatemalan and U.S. citizen, an immigrant in California, United States at 19 years old, married to Maria Candelaria with two children who are their pride and joy. Dimas has worked in different jobs such as a gas station manager and many more, like many immigrants.
My name is Hilda Dueñas. I was born in Santa Lucia, municipality of Labarca Jalisco, Mexico. I am Mexican. I came to the United Stated when I was 17 years old looking for a better future, and got married in 1984 in Wilmington, CA. I worked in different places that allowed me to support my three daughters. When they started elementary school, I began to get involved in the Long Beach community. I’ve been a member of EYCEJ for 10 years, an organization that takes care of the environment. Today, I am a grandmother and continue in this fight, thinking about my grandchildren. I am now a citizen of the United States by means of naturalization and I feel more secure living in this country of immigrants.
Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978) was born in London to Colombian parents. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Through work that investigates relationships of movement, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, she addresses contexts, groups and communities that are affected by developmental projects, like the constructions of dams, the privatization of water, and its consequences on riverside communities. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) is a community-based organization that works to facilitate self-advocates in East Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach. By providing workshops & trainings, EYCEJ prepares community members to engage in the decision-making processes that directly impact their health and quality of life.