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Dr. César A. Cruz- From marching 76-straight miles, to hunger striking for 26 days, César has dedicated his life to fighting for justice. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and migrated to the U.S. at a young age with a single mother and grandmother. He grew up in South Central L.A. and moved to the Bay Area to study. César graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in History. He has been an educator for 23 years, in positions of leadership for the last 17 years. He co-founded the independent school, Making Changes, out of his home, and has sought to create autonomous education spaces. He is proud to have overseen the Homies Empowerment Program serving gang impacted/involved youth in Oakland, CA. and now they are in the process of developing a school. He is the author of two books, Revenge of the Illegal Alien, and Bang for Freedom. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, becoming the first Mexican immigrant male to do so. The recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, César served as a Bridge Fellow for the national organization TNTP, and is now transitioning to become a school developer with Educate 78, and an educational consultant supporting K-20 educational pipeline programs. Amidst all, he is proudest to be a husband, and father of three children: Olin, Amaru and Quetzali. He can be reached at Cesar_Cruz@mail.harvard.edu .

Show Notes

3:00 — César comes to the Bay

10:00 — “Subtractive Schooling”

15:00 — lunch in Biloxi, MS

21:00 — a critically conscious public

27:00 — Diversity and Segregation in Oakland

30:30 — Violence as Big Business

33:00 — the Non-Profit, Social Service, Foundation Industrial Complex, and so-called Progressives

43:00 — sugar-coated language in education

54:00 — Girl Scouts and Sharp Shooters

57:00 — Homies Empowerment gets “allowed” because of a Ph.D.

59:00 — Warriors, Scholars, Healers

1:11:00 — Who are the most marginalized?

1:19:00 — Speaking Funder

1:22:30 — The Public School Accountability Regime and Homies

ROCABrotherhood Sister SoulBarrios UnidosHomeboy Industries

1:40:30 — Marching and Striking

1:56:00 — The Five-is Questions