Isla Vista Reformists, Radicals & Revolutionaries: A Multimedia Series on the Local & Global Legacy of Student & Community Activism on the California Central Coast, 1965 - Present
The Global Latinidades Project supports cutting edge research with emphasis on ignored, under-examined, and under-theorized historical, cultural, and political eras, events, and issues. The current special project—Isla Vista Reformists, Radicals, and Revolutionaries: A Multimedia Series on the Local and Global Legacy of Student and Community Activism on the California Central Coast, 1965 - Present—includes planned research articles, journalism features, exhibits, and colloquia. Components of this special project are being undertaken by individual and joint researchers who are part of the broader editorial collective. They include undergraduate senior thesis writers, graduate student dissertation writers, community members, independent scholars, as well as research faculty at UCSB and elsewhere.
Volume 1—IV Imposters: Law Enforcement Infiltration, Criminality, and Youth Counter-Counterinsurgency in Isla Vista and UC Santa Barbara, 1967-1974
The history of law enforcement repression through open violence, surveillance, infiltration, and outright sabotage among youth activists in Isla Vista and surrounding areas of the California Central Coast remains understudied and poorly understood. Based on extensive archival study and oral historiography, this study examines how local, county, and state police agencies, in addition to the FBI, coordinated efforts against members of several groups including various leftists parties and formations. This study recovers and assesses this sordid and politically important history in Isla Vista in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with particular emphasis on the multiracial collectives containing both students and non-students.
Volume 2—Who Was Damián?: A Documentary Film on UCSB Undergraduate & Revolutionary Communist Damián Garcia
Damián Garcia was an undergraduate student at UCSB from 1967 to 1971, and graduated with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Born into a working-class family, Damián spent his youth in San Bernardino. Driven by a commitment to serving the poor, Damián was involved in student and community organizing at UCSB and surrounding communities. Active in promoting social change, Damián served as Acting Executive Director of La Casa de La Raza after graduating from UCSB. This grassroots community center was founded in 1971 by a group of community activists, and Damian's activities and priorities included an individualized and bilingual approach to learning as well as an internationalist perspective.