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Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities on August 14th


Thank you to Dr. Huerta for a great event!
An event summary will be posted soon. 


The Southern California Planning Congress and the Los Angeles Section
of the American Planning Association present the following event.


Defending Latina/o

Immigrant Communities


An Evening with Dr. Alvaro Huerta


Dr. Alvaro Huerta Headshot


Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

El Portal Restaurant
695 East Green Street, Pasadena, 91101

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A collection of short essays and stories, Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities: The Xenophobic Era of Trump and Beyond focuses on one of the most vilified, demonized, and scapegoated groups in the United States: Latina/o immigrants. Using his rigorous academic training, public policy knowledge, and community activist background, as well as his personal and familial experiences as the son of Mexican immigrants, Alvaro Huerta defends and humanizes los de abajo/those on the bottom. Book Cover He skillfully re-frames how Latina/o immigrants should be viewed as productive and important members in this country, debunking the xenophobic tropes, lies, and myths about Latina/o immigrants as criminals, social burdens, and national security threats. Accompanied by the brilliant art of an acclaimed artist, Salomon Huerta, this book also investigates intersectional issues related to race, class, place, and state violence.

Join us for an inspiring evening with Dr. Alvaro Huerta, as he shares observations from this new book.  Born in the U.S., he was raised in a Mexican colonia (Colonia Libertad in Tijuana) and an American barrio (Ramona Gardens housing project in East Los Angeles). He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, along with an M.A. in Urban Planning and a B.A. in History from UCLA.




Cost: $40 general public, $25 for students with ID
Dinner included

This event is in the past. 
On-line registration is closed.



All registrations are non-refundable.  



In partnership with the the Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association.





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1.5 AICP certificate maintenance credits will be available thru APA.  


For further information contact Bob Fazio at (626) 765-4036 or at




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