Press Release - END-Dependence Tour

International poets launch first ever Central American and Mexican spoken word tour throughout the state of California.

Members from the Central American poetry collective, Epi-Centro Poets, Inland Empire�s Non-Prophet Poets, and internationally renowned poet C�sar A. Cruz will tour the entire state of California, from San Diego to Davis, seeking to unite the Central American and Mexican communities.

The tour has already been endorsed by countless organizations as well as celebrities such as East Coast hip-hop artist KRS-ONE, and will reach two University of California campuses (Berkeley & Davis), one Cal State campus (Fullerton), and one community college (Contra Costa).

The tour will also make stops at the historic Community Service Organization (C.S.O.) where farm-worker leader, C�sar Ch�vez, received his training in the 1950s, as well as cultural centers such as La Voz Alta (San Diego), Espresso Mi Cultura (Hollywood) and Modern Times Bookstore (in the heart of the Mission District in San Francisco).

Joining the poets will be rapper Carlos Mena, UC Davis� spoken-word collective �Ill-Literacy� along with featured poets and artists from throughout California and the Am�ricas.

Proceeds received at each venue will go to local civil rights and student organizations including the Latino Student Union and METAS (CCC), MEXA/Centro de Abya Yala (UCB), MEChA (CSUF), the Third World Forum (UCD), the Carson 10 American Indian Defense Committee, Calaca Press (S.D.) and various others.

To set up interviews with the poets or for more information please contact C�sar A. Cruz at 562.650.6123 or Hugo Ch�vez at 818.298.5329. You can also email the tour coordinators at [email protected], as well as access information on the web

Tour Dates/Locations

  • Friday, September 13th San Diego La Voz Alta Cultural Ctr.
  • Saturday, September 14th Hollywood Espresso Mi Cultura
  • Sunday, September 15th East Los Angeles C.S.O. La Culebra Arts Ctr.
  • Saturday, September 21st Richmond, San Pablo Contra Costa College
  • Friday, September 27th Berkeley U.C. Berkeley
  • Saturday, October 12th Fullerton Cal State Fullerton
  • Friday, October 25h Davis U.C. Davis
  • Saturday, October 26th San Francisco (Mission Dist.) Modern Times Bookstore


Friday, September 13th, 2002
La Voz Alta in San Diego
917 E St.
San Diego, Califas 92101
(Downtown SD between 9th and 10th Aves.)
[email protected] or call (619) 230-1VOZ.
Donations accepted
Hosted by Calaca Press

Saturday, September 14th, 2002
Espresso Mi Cultura
5625 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA.
Contact: Hugo Chavez at 818.298.5329
Donations accepted
Hosted by members of EpiCentro Poets

Sunday, September 15th, 2002
Centro CSO-La Culebra Arts Center
511 N. Echandia St.
Boyle Heights, California, 90033
(323) 221-4000
$5 donations
Hosted by Centro CSO Anti War Committee

Saturday, September 21st, 2002
Contra Costa College
2600 Mission Bell Dr.
San Pablo, CA 94806
-Exact location to be posted at school
-For more information contact [email protected] $5 Donations
Hosted by METAS and the Latino Student Union

Saturday, October 12, 2002
Cal State Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831-3547
For more information contact:
CSUF MEChA at: [email protected], 714-278-3846 $5 Donations
Hosted by MEChA de Cal State Fullerton

Friday, October 25th, 2002
UC Davis
Davis, CA.
-details to be announced soon
-for more information contact: [email protected]
Hosted by the Third World Forum and Carson 10 Defense Committee

Saturday, October 26, 2002
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415) 282-9246
Hosted by Pajaro LatinoAmericano, KPOO 89.5FM

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