Gabriel San Roman
El Centro Cultural de México Finally Gets a Home—But Will OC's Next Generation of Activists Come
Updated: Aug 25, 2020
"Are you waiting for me?" Jorge Holguín jokes in Spanish as he shows up late to a son jarocho class at El Centro Cultural de México in downtown Santa Ana. "Yes, and only you!" instructor Roxana Guajardo says with a wide smile and a laugh. But she's also serious—there's some last-minute packing to do. It's moving day for the nonprofit, and its current space must be left immaculate. Volunteers have whitewashed walls that once featured El Centro's guiding principles: "Community Solidarity, Participatory Democracy, Social Imagination and Individual Responsibility." Gone, too, is the mural of an indigenous revolutionary woman overlooking santaneros marching under a banner that proclaims, "Otro mundo es possible!" ("Another world is possible!").
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