Baktun12 is an East Salinas theater and media arts organization committed to the cultivation of oral histories and community actions that empower working families throughout the Salinas Valley and beyond.
Blog03, A Community Burial at City Hallby Alexis Casas - June 3, 2021
“Like the calm before the storm…”
Photos by Elizabeth Atilano
It was 4pm on Tuesday May 25th, 2021; the anniversary of George Floyd’s death. Like the calm before the storm, members of Baktun12, MILPA, and the Salinas community gathered in a circulo preparing for the events about to unfold; a call to action as the Salinas City Council met to discuss the budget. The call: fund the community, defund the police.Continue Reading HERE
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Teatro / Theatre
An East Salinas take on the Charles Dickens Classic that follows a young homie pipelined into a life of violence and criminalization.
Written by Luis xago Juarez and directed by Kinan Valdez, this staged reading was presented at MACLA in San Jose, in partnership with Louise J. Miranda Ramirez and the Esselen Nation of Monterey County telling a story inspired by Louise and the tribe’s struggle to uphold their culture and identity after two hundred and thirty years of colonization.
A theatrical depiction of a farm worker who leaves his hometown of Los Altos, Michoacán, Mexico for the Salinas Valley to labor under a program that was only supposed to last till the end of WWII but continued till long after.
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