California Institute for Rural Studies

CIRS Celebration, in Honor of Don Villarejo

In honor of CIRS co-founder and legendary activist researcher, Don Villarejo, we are coming together to celebrate the past, present and future of research for action in Rural California. This online event– December 7th, at 5:00pm— will feature memories of Don’s life and work, music, a tour through the CIRS photo archives– and a discussion on the role of research in movements for justice that includes early CIRS organizers Izzy Martin and Luis Magaña, current CIRS staff, and rural changemakers Oralia Maceda and Nikiko Masumoto.

As Don knew so well and said so often, this work wouldn’t be possible without the support, trust, and power of rural communities. Gather with us to pay tribute to Don’s tremendous work for good– and to celebrate the thousands of seeds of change which he planted and tended through more than eighty years of life.