Due to the collective decision by the MALCS membership to honor the economic boycott of Arizona in response to the passage of SB 1070 and other hateful legislation, there was not a 2010 MALCS Summer Institute as orginally scheduled.
Instead, the Site Committee held a MALCS Statewide Institute July 22nd-24th at the ASU Downtown Campus that allowed us to address issues, organize, and strategize with with immigrant advocates, community activists, students, academics and policy makers regarding the legislation and other dehumanizing actions underway in Arizona.
About the 2010 Institute, Chair Keta Miranda wrote:
As MALCS defended immigrant rights, ethnic studies and domestic partners benefits in Arizona by cancelling our 2010 Institute in league with thousands of voices for justice, at the same time we committed our organization to support the incredible efforts of our Arizona colleagues. They have continued to focus on human rights and re-tooled their work to hold a MALCS Arizona State Conference illustrating the basic ideals of MALCS of bridging letras and cambio social.
To enhance support to our Arizona compañeras, the conference was webcast! Additionally, the technology allowed for questions from a national audience to the presenters through real time on email. The Court hearing on the legality of SB 1070 underscores the urgency of the moment. The technological platform provides MALCS with the connections to mobilize support.
Keynote speakers at the conference were webcast live, and are permanently archived by ASU at vimeo.com. The videos are also available in the Video Gallery.