November 7, 2019—
Forty years ago, UA Associate Professor Roberto Rodriguez was severely beaten by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies while working as a journalist in retaliation for photographing a vicious beating in East Los Angeles by a different group of deputies. The trauma of that violence has followed him every day since. In his new book, Yolqui, a Warrior Summoned from the Spirit World: Testimonios on Violence, Rodriguez revisits that day and brings forward contributors who offer their own important and timely testimonios on state violence.
Join this important book release celebration on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the University of Arizona Bookstore in the Student Union, from 5 to 6:45 p.m., 1209 E. University Blvd., Tucson.
Elder Sylvia Ledesma of Albuquerque, New Mexico of Kalpullli Ixcalli will open the evening with a prayer. Music will be provided by Miroslava Alejandro. Tania Pacheco will lead a guided meditation at the end of the event.
Participating contributors are Dr. Patrisia Gonzales, Simon Moya-Smith, Juvenal Caporale, Michelle Rascon-Canales, and Tanya Alvarez.
The event is free. Refreshments from La Indita will be provided. There is street parking available on campus, as well as a paid lot on Second Street near the Student Union, where the bookstore is located.