The People’s Pitzer Newsletter

The People's Pitzer

March 28th- April 1st, 2022

Weekly Spotlight

SB-851 Cal Grant Program: independent institutions of higher education

This bill, written by Senator Anthony Portantino, expands support for low-income college students who attend independent California colleges and universities by reviewing guidelines around associate degree transfers and Cal Grant award amounts and expanding eligibility for parents of Cal Grant recipients and foster youth. This bill affects existing laws that currently exclude low-income students from parts of the Cal Grant program if they attend independent schools.

The bill has passed the California Senate Education Committee and will “remove arbitrary limits on student access to higher education and provide broad equal opportunity for undergraduates to thrive at institutions of higher education across California,” according to Senator Portantino

Want to learn more about expanding educational opportunities for all? Check our TPP community partner College for All, a community coalition supporting education access in California.

Above information provided by Professor José Calderón – thank you!

Volunteers Needed

High School Students – Apply to Future Voters Action Week with The Civics Center!

FVAW is a five-day virtual workshop for high school students interested in developing their leadership skills. The program trains students to develop public narratives and voter registration action plans and also offers an opportunity to collaborate with other students. There is no cost to apply or to attend. Applications for Future Voters Action Week are due April 1. The Civics Center is a nonprofit project of Community Partners, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to building the foundation of youth civic engagement. More info can be found on our website.

Ontario for Agriculture Organizing

Many individuals and community-led organizations in the Inland Empire have formed a coalition fighting against the destruction of over 200 acres of prime farmland in Ontario to make way for more polluting warehouses. The coalition includes the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, the Southern California Agricultural Land Foundation, American Farmland Trust, and the League of United Latin American Citizens, among others. They need to collect 10,000 signatures by April 8th for a referendum in the city of Ontario to prevent farmland destruction. If interested in helping out collecting signatures and community organizing, email [email protected].

The People’s Pitzer

Interested in TPP’s work? We are looking for two more student interns! If interested, contact [email protected]. Work-study preferred.

Other Opportunities

Looking for a summer internship? TPP has compiled a list of volunteer and internship opportunities relating to government, public policy, and civic action. See some internships highlighted below and be sure to check out our website for more information!

A Collaborative Study of Social/Political Psychology of Online Communities | University of Michigan | Deadline | March 31st, 2022 | Location | Remote

Legal Assistant Intern | Orange County Public Defender’s Office |Deadline | April 28th, 2022 | Location | Fullerton, CA

Public Policy Internship | Tesla | Deadline | May 2nd, 2022 | Location | Washington, D.C., Palo Alto, CA, Remote

Policy & Legislative Affairs Intern | Orange County Board of Supervisors | Deadline | May 5th, 2022 | Location | Santa Ana, CA

Associate Social Justice & Activism Podcaster | The Creative Process | Deadline | May 27th, 2022 | Location | Los Angeles, CA

Development Intern – Grant Writing | Mother and Child Education Center | Deadline | September 1st, 2022 | Location | Portland, OR

Upcoming Events

Art Exhibition: Pau S. Pescador: Working

March 29, 1:00pm – 4:00pm | Pitzer College Art Galleries

Pau S. Pescador: Working explores the stories of trans individuals who work in the civil service sector in a time when legal protections have become contested ground and successive Presidential administrations have issued opposing orders on the rights of employees based on gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

Pitzer College Art Galleries is open for groups of up to 6 people for one-hour visits. Appointments are offered Tuesday through Saturday on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. Make a reservation to visit our current exhibitions, and complete our online health check form on the day of your visit, prior to arriving.

My Law School Experience: Application to Post-Graduation!

March 30, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Pitzer Career Services

Meet a Pitzer alumna who is a recent law school graduate from American University Washington School of Law. She will share her journey to law school and her post-grad experience. Come prepared with some questions for our Q&A portion.

RSVP in Handshake for Zoom Link.

Cesar Chavez Day

March 31, colleges observe March 25

Information below from Wikipedia.

Cesar Chavez was an American labor leader and civil rights activist. Along with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), which later merged with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) to become the United Farm Workers (UFW) labor union. 

Cesar Chavez practiced leftist community organizing tactics to advocate for Mexican-American farmworkers. In the 1960s, he began organizing strikes among farmworkers, most notably the successful Delano grape strike of 1965–1970. Influenced by the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, Chavez emphasized direct but nonviolent tactics, including pickets and boycotts, to pressure farm owners into granting strikers’ demands.

He became an icon for organized labor and leftist groups in the U.S. His birthday is a federal commemorative holiday in several U.S. states. In 1994 he posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Interested in collaborating with TPP? Contact TPP Program Assistant [email protected] or CEC Managing Director [email protected]. Check our website for additional information and updates.

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