Tonantzin by @lapancheese




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Open Letter from MEChA at the University of Wyoming to Johnson County School District #1, the Wyoming State Board of Education and the University of Wyoming College of Education

April 8, 2016

Open Letter from MEChA at the University of Wyoming to Johnson County School District #1, the Wyoming State Board of Education and the University of Wyoming College of Education:

The so called “Equality State” has proven itself to be xenophobic and racist time and time again. In a conservative state like Wyoming, there is a general discourse that dismisses issues of race at both an individual and institutional level. When people of color address these issues, they are brushed off as isolated incidents. Many will recall that Wyoming was thrust into the national spotlight in the late 1990s following the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, thereby exposing the state to the broader climate and lived experiences of marginalized peoples. More than 20 years later, similar demonstrations of hatred and violence continue to target communities of color and other marginalized people not only in Wyoming, but across the country and world.

The image we share with you speaks volumes to the social injustices of our educational system in the state of Wyoming and across our nation. We have provided you all with a press release from John Egan, a substitute teacher in the Johnson County School District (Buffalo, WY), who witnessed a student project promoting racial violence and aggression. Also, there is an image which recreates the student project in question. Please be aware that the image of the student project itself might cause strong personal, and emotional reactions. There is no doubt that the product of this project symbolizes racial violence and hate, thus perpetuating racist and xenophobic ideologies. As is stated in the Wyoming Constitution in Article 1 section 3 and Article 7 section 10, no human being, regardless of race, class, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, residential status, or national origin, should ever have violence or hate targeted toward their own identity and background.

The lack of institutional acknowledgement and inaction within local and state governments in Wyoming, as well as at the University of Wyoming, denies marginalized people their experiences while simultaneously perpetuating ideals of prejudice, discrimination, and hate.

It is imperative that we raise awareness of these issues that often are shoved under the rug. It is time for the University of Wyoming to lead the state of Wyoming in the education of our youth with dedicated and required courses for the social relevancy and competency of all marginalized groups and to work in conjunction with K-12 schools to create atmospheres that value multiculturalism and complex historical, political, social, and cultural understandings of the world around us.

In this light, we fully support the currently petition being led by the United Multicultural Council at the University of Wyoming for individual colleges at the university to require their students to take both Diversity and Global Awareness courses as undergraduate degree requirements. As students, we demand a more well-rounded education for our youth in Wyoming both in our K-12 institutions, as well as at the University of Wyoming.

Furthermore, the College of Education at the university should provide more resources and educational courses toward preparing future educators on cultural competency in order to create an inclusive classroom environment for all students, regardless of background. Seeing as the majority of students in Wyoming will continue their educational careers at the university, it is the responsibility of UW to appropriately educate them on all matters, of race, diversity, inclusion, and social awareness. Given the current national rhetoric on xenophobia and racism, it is crucial that we incorporate curricula that provide our children with critical analytical skills that will lessen discrimination, prejudice and xenophobia.

We demand that the state of Wyoming and respective school districts refer back to and reinforce their anti-discrimination policies. We demand that Wyoming schools provide professional development that is culturally inclusive of communities of color and increases cultural awareness. We demand that the Johnson County School District appoint a neutral body to address larger concerns of discrimination as they arise. We demand that Wyoming schools offer a culturally relevant curriculum and learning opportunities where students can increase their cultural sensitivity in line with stated objectives in social studies curriculum and elsewhere. We demand that the University of Wyoming College of Education, as a primary producer of future educators in the state of Wyoming, continue to work with current and future teachers and school districts to improve methods of multicultural education.

As MEChA, we find the current set of events in Johnson County School District appalling and outrageous. We demand transparency from the Johnson County School Board and the Wyoming State School Board of Education surrounding this event and hope to create bridges via meaningful dialogue with all parties involved. We recognize the importance of community building as a necessary pathway to prepare the youth of our state. We will continue to spread awareness of this situation and will plan future actions as an organization if necessary.

We are here in hopes of building a nation-wide push with other universities, educational institutions and associations, and socially-oriented organizations to address the need for a diverse, inclusive curriculum for prospective students who are living in fragmented societies.

Thank you for your time,

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán

University of Wyoming

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Panel Discussion: Chicano Media and La Cucaracha in Pueblo, Colorado (4/28/16)

Chicano Media

Chicano Media



The Chicano Movement used innovations in technology to create media that represented the issues, the faces, and the perspectives of Chicanos. Colorado had a number of Chicano newspapers, including La Cucaracha in Pueblo. La Cucaracha and other newspapers in the Chicano Press Association communicated the news of boycotts, land rights cases, police brutality, labor strikes, protests, legal corruption, and the effects of discrimination.

Join us on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. for the next panel discussion in conjunction with El Movimiento: The Chicano Movement in Colorado and Pueblo. Several reporters and staff from La Cucaracha will discuss working as a newspaper during the movement and covering important events.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Discussions are presented by El Pueblo History Museum and CSU-Pueblo.

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The Great American Game

Every four years, we have presidential elections. I have had friends who have not talked to each other because one supported Robert Kennedy and the other Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 Primary Election. With age I have concluded that it is stupid to play the game, Candidates during the election cycle will say anything that the electorate want to hear and in the process rewrite history.

My great sin was making the case that it mattered if we elected Chicana/o candidates that sometimes did. However, often it did not. White, Black and Asian candidates have often done a better job that Chicana/o or Latino elected officials. For example, when is the last time you saw a Chicana/o elected officials on the picket line protesting police brutality or for that matter the Dreamers. They are good at sitting in their office acting regal.

The presidential elections are more so. They involve self-interest, imaginary plancas, whether the candidate is a female or male, or even if they have some obscure strain of DNA that links them to la Raza.

So I expected to be deluged with the question of who I was for in the presidential primaries. They know that I will not vote Republican. So it comes down to Hilary or Bernie, so people think. They are disappointed when I tell them that I am not a Democrat. In presidential elections I have more often written in Gus Hall or voted for a Third Party candidate. I know they will not disappoint me.

I refuse to be a cheerleader – spent most of my life impersonating a historian so I put everything into a historical context. So the present debate over immigration is juvenile. In 1970 the unions were bitterly against the undocumented – most called them wetbacks. The Chicana/o Movement had its flaws but it championed the immigrant.  Wetback was and is a pejorative term.

Candidates argue about the 2007 Immigration Bill forgetting to read the entire bill. Progressives were against the bill because it legalized a bracero program that many of us considered a form of slavery. Everyone realized that this was now or never and that we had to fight for the strongest bill possible. It left millions of immigrants in the shadows that live here but can never become legalized because as an 18 year old they were arrested and lied about their status. Many have advanced degrees, are married and have children but can never be legalized.

I want a comprehensive immigration bill that recognized that the undocumented are not criminals and are here because of the malfeasance of the United States government. This positon is difficult to reconcile in a world that one picks the lesser of two evils.

I am concerned about Mexico Lindo. However, it has become like that movie “Touch of Evil.”  The government is corrupt and the United States is to blame. I could not support a candidate who did not pledge to 1) end the War on Drugs, 2) have Mexico cease its privatization programs and its gutting of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, 3) end NAFTA and Cafta, 4) censure the Mexican Government for atrocities toward Central American refugees traveling through Mexico, 5) respect indigenous rights and 6) boycott all Mexican institutions until the rights of the people are respected. The cartels exist because of the huge American drug market.

We should be concerned about the atrocities committed around the world in the name of democracy. It is a contradiction to be against terrorism and then hold hands with the Saudi Arabians. Just like I condemn the Mexican government I condemn the unconditional support of the Israeli Government.  These injustices are fueling terrorism.

In order to put a brake on future wars, that candidates support of universal draft that include all classes and races proportionately, and that a graduated tax be instituted that taxed every American for the cost of the wars. Wars could no longer be paid for on credit.

That the military budget and the education budget be equal.

Finally, corporate violation be criminalized with corporate executives put in the same category as drug dealers.

In the interim it is ridiculous to look at political candidates as some sort of sports celebrity.

So until we get these concessions we must remember the words of the Pachuco and not take the pinche play so seriously. Most of you will be around in four years.

— by Rodolfo F. Acuña

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Tejanas on the Loose Reading & Book Signing at UCLA (3/31/16)

Entre Guadalupe y Malinche

Entre Guadalupe y Malinche

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From Rockwool to Salt Creek: Environmental Justice & the Pueblo Chicano Movement (2/25/16)

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion






The Pueblo Chicano Movement — through the work of activists from La Gente and Salt Creek — worked to protect the environment and barrios harmed by industrial waste. This panel discussion will explore the work done to stop asbestos pollution from Rockwool or to ensure clean water for residents of Salt Creek and the ultimate impact on Pueblo’s neighborhoods. The discussion will also focus on today’s neighborhood issues, including Pueblo’s West Side.

Pueblo residents are invited to listen to the history from the panel and join in on the conversation. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel is hosted by El Pueblo History Museum and CSU-Pueblo.

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Why do People Lie?: The Cobra and the Rattle Snake

Everyone according to their upbringing have a certain level of intolerance. My family, for example, did not tolerate lying. It was better to own up to mistakes than to be caught in a lie. Lies were equivalent to sins of scandal. Thus, I build up an intolerance toward lying that reinforces injustice. That is why it is so hard for me to watch presidential debates or to tolerate crooks such as Antonin Scalia. Although an atheist, I found myself praying for a hell so he can burn in it.

I don’t know when but it was in the 1960s that someone told me to give it a rest and to be more like a cobra than a rattlesnake in a glass enclosure.  When visitors to the zoo taunted the cobra, it would strike the glass a couple of times and then recline motionless.  The rattlesnake would continue to hit the glass trying to strike the provoker until its head was bloodied to a pulp.

Having just gone through an ordeal of two years trying to get the California State University Northridge administration to own up to its lies surrounding the UNAM Center I felt like the rattler. It was the most frustrating experience in my life. The message was that Mexicans are dumb and we don’t give a damn what you think. At times, therefore, I acted like a rattler.

This time around having gone through my own form of anger management I was not as shocked by the lies. My mother would deal with similar situations by saying that it was just gringos being gringos. Nevertheless, it did not make the lies any more palatable.

I would have ignored it but this time the lies were more deliberate and perpetrated by an enemy of the department and a racist, Dean Beth Say. From what I have been able to ascertain: preparations for the UPenn-CSUN Mellon grant were in the works last spring (2015) spearheaded by the Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies. They wanted to increase the number of Humanities majors who are active in research and wanted pursue doctoral studies. Penn was writing the grant and CSUN would be a partner school. The Mellon foundation did come to visit in April 2015. For the exception of two graduate students in the Chicana/o MA program, no other Mexican Americans were invited indeed no one from the Humanities was present.

Meanwhile CSUN got $22M from the NIH to increase traditionally underserved students in science research. External groups flooded the campus but Mexican Americans and indeed Latinos were excluded. No one from the Humanities seems to have been involved at this time. This was an obvious slight and Luann Rocha, CSUN’s new Director of Development for the Oviatt Library and CSUN Information Technology (IT) division appears to have been the prime mover at this point.

Enter the cobra

I was stunned by the audacity of the institution and Beth Say crowing over how much they suddenly loved Latinos. According to Elizabeth Say, what “they” lack is opportunity. going on the say, “Cal State Northridge was honored to be selected to participate in the Pathways to the Professoriate initiative…We know well the quality of our students — what they sometimes lack is opportunity…  Together with our other institutional partners, we can begin to transform the professoriate to better reflect and serve the next generation of university students.”

(This comes from a person who does not support immigrants on or off campus)

Obvious breaches were evident. I wondered why she had never contacted Dr. Renee Moreno who operated a highly successful McNair program. Why she had bypassed the ChS department that houses 80-90 percent of the Latin faculty on campus and runs a highly successful MA Program.

You expect professional people to learn from the past and perhaps I expect more from so-called academicians. We have just gone through a two year ordeal with the administration over a similar slight when they ignored ChS in entering in to an agreement with UNAM – aggressively attempting to undermine Chicanas/os on campus. Caught in blatant lies it would not admit that they were lies.

Successful mentorship programs are built through a diverse faculty. At CSUN only three percent of the tenured faculty is of Mexican origin. The Valley is 42 percent Latinos, about 80 percent Mexican. There is therefore a huge gap between the faculty and the students they teach.

We were also stunned that the University of Pennsylvania and the Mellon Foundation would seek Say’s expertise when she knows nothing about Mexican Americans/Latinos. While I do not like foundations I have to say that I was much more impressed by Ford that at least knew something about the players.

I had a pleasant exchange with Dr. Gasman (UPenn) about the objections of some faculty to the new accord with her university. She responded, “We are working with the deans of arts and sciences at all the partner schools. We have been in contact with her, the provost and president and have met with many humanities faculty at CSUN.”  I did not expect this since someone was lying. I could not find any Chicanas/os or Latinos who spoke to Glasman. I have not yeat spoken to the two students who attended the meeting.

I was flabbergasted when the President responded “I have been told that Chicana/o Studies faculty and chair as well as EOP were included in discussions about the UPenn program.  I was also told that CHS faculty and students participated in the site visit last summer as well as other Latino faculty and students from across campus.  I will leave further details of these interactions to the department and college.” This was easily checked out: I spoke to the present chair and the outgoing chair both of who said that they had never been invited to a meeting.

As a cobra I cooled down. Jorge Garcia who has been here a long time as a faculty member and the Dean of Humanities wrote to Harrison: “After the procedural and insulting fiasco of the processes leading  up to the UNAM-CSUN debacle, I find it impossible to accept the claim that you were “told that CHS faculty and students participated in the site visit last summer”. Who told you such a thing? Why would you believe such an allegation given the demonstrated bias against the Department in your administration. I have given forty years of my life to this institution and I cannot believe that you blithely say that you unquestionably took as factual what you were told in this matter. I have been accused of “loving the institution too much” when I say I built up sweat equity in this place. I am proud of the Department we have built for our community. Not many universities have such a unit and it has been built on the backs of faculty and staff. Unfortunately, I think this place and some of the people in it “nos hacen chiquitos”. Our lives and our task are made more difficult but we press on.”

As Jorge says we press on, but it is difficult when the administration, the U of Penn and the Mellon Foundation won’t listen to the Mexicans who they want to save. This is not the last of it. The CSUN and other universities don’t want to improve conditions for minorities. They want those administrative fees, as mentioned CSUN got $22 million from the NIH, another 3 million for the Oviatt Library to serve Mexicans and I cannot keep track of how much more. Latinos are a big commodity and if we don’t take charge, this money is going to be wasted much the same as it was in the sixties with the War on Poverty.

— by Rodolfo F. Acuña

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to reveal the truth

cold as fact

hot as passion






the formula

hydrogen  (H)



lightest known substance


the life-giver


fusion the union


teenage angst

timeless heart +


turquois radiance


the sacred hoop

is not broken

except in the mind

of the imagination


dig it


if you are able


                           Aztatl X


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Veteranas & Rucas: Curator Misses an Opportunity to Explain Chicana/o Identity to the Mainstream Press

Guadalupe Rosales’s popular Instagram account, Veteranas and Rucas, has been receiving press coverage for the past few months. The account provides a glimpse into the Los Angeles area party crew, chola scene from the ‘80s and ‘90s, but occasionally, she will share images from the ‘60s and ‘70s or even earlier. The goal of the account is to highlight a segment of Chicano culture that is often maligned and overlooked.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Rosales said the following:

“Chicano is someone who is first or second generation; for example, my parents were born in Mexico and migrated to the U.S., and I was born in California. So I’m Mexican American/Chicano. Latino could be anyone who is Mexican or Central American or South American. My parents are Latinos, and so is someone from El Salvador.”

Elle’s author, Kira Garcia, accepted this definition without pushback or clarification. Rosales’s narrow definition of Chicano by generational status in the US leaves out a lot of gente, especially those with roots in the Southwest states that go back more than one or two generations.

Rosales’s statement also ignores the political identity and consciousness that those who identify as Chicano have. Primarily, those who identify as Chicano not only have a cultural awareness of their Mexican ancestry but also acknowledge the social and political activism of the movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s that brought us to where we are today.

Collecting photos from Chicano Los Angeles in the 1990s beyond party crews would indicate that there was a lot of political activity going on, especially with the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 that prompted protests and high school student walkouts. Just prior to Proposition 187’s passage, there was the well-publicized fight for Chicano studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.

When Rosales says that Latinos could be anyone who is Mexican or Central American or South American, she gives credence to a pan-Latino identity that many Mexicans and Chicanos have sought to distinguish themselves from. The term Latino doesn’t acknowledge indigenous roots, whereas Chicano, coming from the word ‘Mexica,’ does.

Because of her Instagram following and press coverage of her work, Rosales might be viewed as an authority on Chicanismo in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Hopefully, she will take into account some of the things that gente were doing beyond house parties and cruises that reflect the desire to improve our collective condition, while acknowledging that Chicanos cannot conveniently be put into a box that suits her liking or that of the editors of corporate media outlets.

— by Adriana Maestas (@AdrianaMaestas)

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Indigenous Knowledges: Pedagogies, Spirit Work & Storytelling at UC Davis (2/1/16)

Indigenous Knowledges

Indigenous Knowledges

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