A Chicana Needs Help!

Below is a letter from a Chicana in California, which was distributed to several Chicana/o social networking groups, and which we received through a noted Chicana/o Studies scholar-activist. La Chicana is requesting our immediate and urgent help.

An interesting part of the letter that should be highlighted is the contradictory posture of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) who purports to be “the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.” 

While NCLR has recently gone out of its way to thank the “courageous” efforts of a corporate entity (NBC and Macy’s) in the Donald Trump racist, anti-Mexican fiasco, it has failed to do anything for the self-determination of nuestra Raza!

It should be obvious by now that NCLR merely exists as a corporate lobbyist front seeking to exploit the struggles of our people while never doing anything that can be considered to be “improving the opportunities” of our people.

In the meantime, Notes From Aztlán will keep you updated as we ourselves get more information on this important matter. 

If you are interesting in helping, send us your email/contact information and we will forward it immediately to La Chicana who needs our help!

For the moment, the name and identity of the Chicana has been omitted, by request of La Chicana, to protect her from any legal and political repercussions that may result from the corporate entity finding out who this muXer is as she is still in the initial process of seeking legal representation. 

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My name is __________.  I was an employee of a ___________ in California.  Although I only worked there a short period of time I endured three separate occasions where my employer made derogatory racial comments to me about Mexican people.

After the second time I reported him to corporate.  Corporate decided it was serious enough to contact me about it.  When I spoke to corporate I told them that if they spoke to him that he would fire me.  They said they hoped he wouldn’t retaliate against me like that.  Yet that’s exactly what he did; he let me go the day after corporate talked to him.  Just before letting me go though he made one last derogatory comment to me about Mexican people.  Then he called me into his office, told me he was letting me go because it just wasn’t working out, gave me my final paycheck and asked me to leave.

When I filed for unemployment he blocked me from getting it because, he said, I was not performing my duties satisfactorily.  Within a month I sold several new accounts, sent out several quotes, and answered more than my share of customer service calls.  During my time there I was treated less than the other employee he hired.  I was never late and asked questions if I didn’t understand something.  So I filed for an appeal with the EDD.

I need help fighting the wrongful termination and racial injustice I experienced with this company.  My uncle, _______, was co founder of ______ magazine with his compadre, ______.  My uncle was an active member of the Hispanic chamber of commerce, an active member of La Raza, and was friends with _________ who was, at the time, a city council member of the city of _______.  I would ask my uncle for help but he passed away several years also.  His compadre recently passed away.

I contacted La Raza but they never returned any of my calls.  I really need help because there has been absolutely nobody to help me and I have nowhere to turn. It just doesn’t seem fair that he broke the law and I’m being punished for telling on him.

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Vows to Equality by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Vows to Equality

Vows to Equality

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Déjà Vu: The University of Arizona and UNAM

Carlos Slim is not the richest man in the world because of his good looks. He got there the old fashioned way, he used government resources. Slim derived his fortune from his extensive holdings through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, that is heavily invested in telecommunications, education, health care, industrial manufacturing, food and beverages, real estate, airlines, media, mining, oil, hospitality, entertainment, technology, retail, sports and financial services.

The money maker is the telecommunication company, Telmex, that he and his partners bought in 1990 from the Mexican government at fire sale prices. By 2006, Telmex controlled 90 percent of the telephone lines in Mexico. By March 2015 Slim’s fortune was an estimated $71.2 billion much of it accumulated through privatization of publicly owned groups.

One of his most controversial ventures was ASUR (Aeropuertos del Sureste) through which Slim controls a dozen Mexican airports. Slim reorganized his various enterprises using vertical integration and market consolidation strategies.

By this time, you may be asking what does this have to do with the University of Arizona and UNAM? In February, Ann Weaver Hart, the president of the U of A, released a statement saying: “The UA has been selected by the National Autonomous University of Mexico as the site of a branch center focused on collaborative research. This new center is a culmination of a relationship of many years with UNAM in areas ranging from astronomy to arid lands studies. The UNAM Center for Mexican Studies at the UA will be a unique expression of the depth of our relationship with one of Latin America’s premier research institutions.”

Coming at the end of a two year fight over a similar arrangement between CSUN and UNAM, my first reaction was here we go again.

Most of us remember that in 2010 UNAM along with many institutions in Mexico broke relations with Arizona and the UA in protest of SB 1070 and the rabid anti-Mexican climate in Arizona. UNAM and Mexico wanted to make a statement condemning this abuse. However, five years later most were for letting bygones be bygones, and for 1070 to join the waste basket of forgotten memories.

No matter that the aftershocks of 1070 were still being felt; that Arizona was still trying to rewrite history; and the nation’s premier K-12 Mexican American Studies program had been eliminated. That the Minute Men and the Tea Party still controlled Phoenix and Governor Doug Ducey refused to repeal anti-Mexican legislation. Despite this Arizona was being given a fresh start.

Ducey led a trade mission trip to Mexico City. “At a reception he acknowledged Mexico as our friend and neighbor.” Ducey told anyone who would listen that “he was representing our Tucson Hispanic Chamber and affiliated chambers in SierraVista, Douglas and Nogales. Repeatedly during the trip, Ducey spoke to the 45 business leaders and cabinet members and Mexican guests about a “‘new day and a fresh start’ for Arizona in Mexico.”

The bottom line was Arizona trade with Mexico amounted to over $15.9 billion dollars a year. Ducey made it clear that Arizona business leaders on the trip included leaders in industries such as transportation, legal, metal fabrication, real estate development and mining products.

At Mexico City the University of Arizona and UNAM exchanged memorandums. Reading between the lines, absent were speakers addressing President Enrique Pena Nieto’s federal reforms and his self- vaunted energy reforms. There was no mention of any resolution of Los Normalistas de Ayotzinapa disappearances– and it did not seem as if anyone cared.

Even when addressing the border crisis, the focus was on the imbalance in trade between the two countries. Carlos Slim hosted a reception for over 250 business and political leaders. It was clear that human rights were not a priority of the “Hispanic” leaders who took the opportunity to take selfies with Slim.

Meanwhile, the UA center was called Mexican Studies. The prime movers, according to sources, were the Arizona Office of Tourism and the UA Eller College of Management Economic and Business Research Center. They had conducted a study that found that visitors from Mexico contributed $7.3 million daily to Arizona’s economy.

Slim had visited Phoenix in September 2014. Among the guests were the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Promise Arizona, and East Valley Patriots for Social Justice, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, along with various other community and advocacy groups. Slim told the business leaders that they should support Ducey because he pushed for positive business relations with Mexico. Nothing was said about repealing anti-immigrant legislation.

According to accounts, before the event, Slim “was mobbed by people wanting to shake his hand and snap a selfie before the event began; he spent the majority of his keynote address talking about the changing economic paradigms in society.”

For anyone engaged in what Slim called “critical thinking,” the events were disheartening because much of the Latino leadership displayed a lack of a historical memory or ethnic pride. Failing to defend the interests of immigrants and students, they ignored the fact that the schools were being rapidly privatized. What was more disheartening was that no one seemed to care, and the leadership of the Latino community was once more rolling over. The ruling classes in the United States were only too willing to erase history so business could go on as usual.

In conclusion in order not to forget what had happened at CSUN, I spoke to several Tucson community leaders about how the idea of the center had come about. DA Morales pointed out “The UofA, now, after years of ignoring any program that seeks collaborative research with Mexican universities is awakening, but not in the humanities or social sciences….in the business college.” The business college had an economic interest much the same as the CSUN administration and College of Social and Behavioral Science had had. The only difference was that at CSUN ChS fought back.

Activists in Derechos Humanos singularly protested NAFTA since 1990. One said “of course what is happening now is the result of that great displacement and disenfranchisement of workers and their families. In Mexico, the result of Harvard and Princeton trained politicians who readily hand over their country for their personal gain; we find rhetoric of collaboration.” There is a similarity between the latter and the Arizona Hispanic business leaders. She added, “Where is the collaboration in migration? In human rights? In the drug trade?”

The source added “At one level…..[from] faculty and possibly at the Heads level, this whole thing has been kept from sight and certainly from discussion.” The professor added that Ducey’s “backers were the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce here in Tucson as well as the Eller Business College.”

Throughout this process, Slim was the main attraction, and “his role in breaking unions in Mexico, charging exploitive rates in communications and building a huge cartel were forgotten.“ Add to this ChS programs invited Slim to lecture on trade with Mexico. El diablo nunca duerme!

— by Rodolfo F. Acuña

Footnotes:

There are many versions of how Slim has been able to accumulate his fortune so rapidly. The stories fill the internet. Daniel Hopsicker, “Carlos Slim & the Narco-Politicos,” Madcow Morning News, Feb 3, 2009. Diligent Bureaucrat, “Privatization Billionaires,” Daily Kos, Mar 01, 2015. http://www.dailykos.com/…/13646…/-Privatization-Billionaires#

Ann Weaver Hart, President February 25, 2015, http://president.arizona.edu/newsletter/february-ua2u

“Arizona’s Fresh Start in Mexico,” 1030 the Voice, http://www.kvoi.com/hispani…/arizonas-fresh-start-in-mexico/

“UofA To Establish New Center for Mexican Studies,” Arizona Daily Independent, June 29, 2015, https://arizonadailyindependent.com/…/uofa-to-establish-ne…/

“The Carlos Slim Foundation Presents AccesoLatino.org to Top Arizona Latino Leaders,” Sep 22, 2014, http://www.prnewswire.com/…/the-carlos-slim-foundation-pres…. Patrick O’Grady, “Carlos Slim, one of world’s richest businessmen, comes to Phoenix to talk trade,” Phoenix Business Journal, Apr 2, 2015. http://www.bizjournals.com/…/carlos-slim-one-of-worlds-rich…

Amelia Goe, “Carlos Slim Helu: Arizona-Mexico relations yet to reach full potential,” Cronkite News, April 22, 2015, http://tucson.com/…/article_19210689-7b3a-5354-8fb0-2a91cd8…

DA Morales, “TUSD using Mexico’s economic model? The rich get richer quicker; HT Sanchez & Carlos Slim thrive in poverty,” Three Sonorans, June 15, 2015. http://threesonorans.com/…/is-tusd-using-mexicos-economic-…/

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Donald Trump, Univisión and Anti-Mexican Narratives

Heritage of Hate

Donald Trump, FTP! via @georgelopez

Donald Trump, FTP! via @georgelopez

Donald Trump? FTP!!!

Recently, it was Donald Trump’s turn to go on the annual right-wing presidential nut circuit and make racist anti-Mexican statements that were eventually reported by most media outlets. Trump had this to say:

“When Mexico sends its people,” Trump said during his presidential announcement, “they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

The specter of Mexican “rapists” encroaching at the gates of “civilization” is an historical fabrication and manifestation of the Euroamerican racist state of mind since the days of the Alamo when the settler-colonizers introduced the idea that Mexicans were sexual threats to White women.

John W. Hall, for instance, pleaded with Euroamerican settler-colonizers to imagine their wives, daughters, mothers, sisters and children being given up to “dire pollution” (rape) if they did not take up arms against the Mexican nation. Inside the Alamo, William B. Travis also wrote of “the pollution of the Texans’ wives and daughters” by Mexicans.

This is a documented historical fact that has been ignored in academic circles, mainstream media outlets, and social media platforms.

What Fundamental Values?

Sally Kohn, writing for CNN, stated that Trump “bashed the fundamental values on which our own nation is founded.” But seriously lets ask the question: what are those “fundamental values” that time and time again pundits always seem so desperate to defend and uphold?

To most Euroamericans, the core democratic principles and fundamental values of the United States are apparently found in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, which supposedly rest on the ideals of ”life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Yet for the Chicana/o-Mexicana/o people, America’s “fundamental values” are not “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but rather it is war, conquest, occupation, and exploitation at the hands of American Exceptionalism. Kohn’s America is great analysis is ahistorical and an outright lie.

In reality, Trump did not bash the “fundamental values” of the United States. On the contrary, Trump affirmed the racist anti-Mexican attitudes held by most Euroamericans since the earliest encounters with Mexicans in the 1820s in what is today the state of Texas.

Texas was/is not alone in its anti-Mexican hatred. To be sure, anti-Mexican racism could be found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and the other areas that were once part of the Mexican nation.

Did Donald Trump push the racist rhetoric to its extreme? Not really! It just so happened to be documented in the age of social media where information moves at lightning speed. In fact to say otherwise, is to ignore the history of American slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow laws, and other American atrocities. Trump spoke from an entitled position rooted in the psyche of institutionalized Anglo-American racism.

Mexicanity

Myth and the History of the Hispanic Southwest

Myth and the History of the Hispanic Southwest

In “Scarce More Than Apes”: Historical Roots of Anglo American Stereotypes in the Border Region (1988), David J. Weber describes how Anglo-American “pioneers” in the Southwestern region depicted Mexicans in unfavorable terms: lazy, ignorant, cheating, gambling, thieving, sinister, cruel, subhuman, and cowardly half-breed mongrels. Indeed, Noah Smithwick viewed “Mexicans as scarce more than apes.”

David J. Weber goes on to state how one Santa Fe trader preferred not to consider Mexicans as part of humanity and instead chose to classified them separately as “Mexicanity.”

Charles Bent who was “appointed” the first Governor of the New Mexico Territory after the U.S War on Mexico wrote that “the Mexican character is made up of stupidity, obstinacy, ignorance, duplicity, and vanity.” Ironically, Bent had no problem marrying into a prominent family with political ties in New Mexico. Bent married María Ignacia Jaramillo, a Mexicana. Apparently, money is never backward no matter where it comes from.

After visiting Mexico City in 1822-1823, the so-called “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin, as revealed in his private correspondence to James Brown Austin, showed his contemptuous view of Mexicans: “The people are bigoted and superstitious to an extreem [sic], and indolence appears to be the general order of the day.” “To be candid the majority of the people of the whole nation as far as I have seen them want nothing but tails to be more brutes than the apes.”

In a speech to Anglo settlers, the so-called hero of the “Texas War for Independence,” Sam Houston declared that “the vigor of the descendants of the sturdy north will never mix with the phlegm of the indolent Mexicans no matter how long we live with them.”

They Called Them Greasers

They Called Them Greasers

Arnoldo de León in They Called Them Greasers: Anglo Attitudes Toward Mexicans in Texas, 1821-1900 begins his study by asking: “What caused pioneers to feel this way? Why were their attitudes bigoted instead of neutral? What did they find in Mexicans that aroused xenophobic behavior, or what was it within themselves that generated that response?”

These are great questions to ask of Donald Trump, the hosts of Fox “News” and, to be honest, the right wing elements of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Arnoldo de León goes on to debunk the claims advanced by several Anglo historians of Texas who argue that during the period of 1821-1845, Anglo attitudes towards Mexicans were “very complex, at times contradictory, and constantly in flux.”

There was nothing complex, contradictory or in flux about Anglo attitudes towards Mexicans. Anglo social development reflected a genuine racial thought process from which they could talk and act freely without any political, economic or legal sanctions to worry about. Basically, racism was the law, and the law was on the side of racism.

As cultural heirs to Puritan ideas, these early Euroamerican settler-colonizers believed it was their “duty to make order of what they perceived as chaos” and as Stephen F. Austin would make abundantly clear, it was his intent to “redeem” Texas from “the Wilderness, to settle it with an intelligent honorable and interprising [sic] people.”

In other words, redemption meant “Whitening” Texas to be an exact racial (European) copy of the United States. In reality, there was really only one way to accomplish this and that was to wage war against Mexicans. No doubt it was low-intensity genocide.

In order to succeed, however, Anglo settler-colonizers needed to win the cultural war of position. Racial hegemony was helped along the way by national newspapers and journals, such as the Harper’s Weekly which characterized Mexicans in the most negative of terms.

As Chicana/o historians have demonstrated, these racist and stereotypical depictions eventually legitimized the violence that would be unleashed against Mexicans in the name of Manifest Destiny. It was this racist discourse that War Hawks used to wage war in Texas in 1835 and later against the entire Mexican nation in 1846.

Through American jurisprudence, vigilantism, scientific “objectivity,” historical amnesia, and political, economic, social, linguistic, and cultural repression, the United States has not ceased waging war against the Mexican people on both sides of the border.

Donald Trump is just another in a long line of racist, anti-Mexican voices in the history of Anglo and Mexican relations.

Enduring Anti-Mexican Narratives

To be sure, in the 20th century and continuing to the present, these racist anti-Mexican narratives would be central in racializing the public health, educational, employment, and “immigration” discourse that has negatively portrayed Mexicans as “disease carriers,” “illiterate,” perfect for “stoop labor” and part of an “foreign invasion.”

Truth be told, Donald Trump’s racist anti-Mexican statements were not an anomaly nor were his hateful words and violent language some random rant that could be easily dismissed. As history has shown, the abuse of linguistic and military power, for instance, has had violent consequences for those on the receiving end of such hatred.

It is no coincidence, then, that one day after Trump’s Hate Speech, the Charleston Shooting occurred. Without a doubt, White Supremacists have a platform to articulate their hate through acts of violence knowing full well they will be defended by the legal system and the mainstream media with their violent acts sanitized for public consumption.

Fox News went on the offensive to defend Donald Trump, even using one of our own (Ruben Navarrette) to downplay the racist statements as clownish: “As a Mexican-American, it’s easy to take offense at Trump’s comments on Mexico. What’s difficult is taking them seriously.”

The problem is that this isn’t a joke and both the racist right wing elements of the GOP and the Democratic Party actually believe in Whitening the United States. GOP policy is no joke and must be taken seriously. Although Navarrette goes on to list some of the other potential presidential candidates who harbor anti-immigrant (re: anti-Mexican) sentiments, downplaying Trump’s statements as clownish do not empower the Mexican community to defend itself by all means necessary.

There have been very few Chicanas/os who have spoken up, and even fewer “allies” who have stood in solidarity with the Chicana/o-Mexicana/o people (not surprising if you follow social media).

It should come as no surprise that the usual corporate appointed voices took the mantle to “speak up,” such as Jorge Ramos who mostly couched his response in old, tired economic cliches that Mexicans are: 1) immigrants; and 2) obedient hard workers. After all, the so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” debate is usually centered on the economic benefits that Mexicans and Central Americans bring, while erasing any discussion of human rights.

Time and time again, through Ramos’ Eurocentric lens, he erases our historical claims to the land and our identity.

Add to the fact that Ramos probably only spoke up because his daughter, Paola, will have a role in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In the eyes of a Chicana/o-Mexicana/o voting public, it is important to make Hillary Clinton the opposite of Trump. Hillary’s views on “immigration,” however, aren’t any different than those on the far right.

Of course, Jorge Ramos stands to profit from all the hoopla as he is the top anchor for both Univisión and Fusion. In early January 2015, Univisión was shut out from the Republican 2016 debates. Although the Washington Post says Univisión didn’t apply to host an event. So let the GOP v Univisión “controversy” put into perspective that whole Trump v Univisión tug-of-war.

Univisión as Gatekeeper

Univisión has been on the spotlight of late for canceling the Miss Universe pageant from their airwaves. From an ethical and moral standpoint, Univisión did the right thing and should be commended for taking action, especially considering that their platform does not include playing oppositional politics.

Let’s just say for a moment that Ruben Navarrette is right in his assessment that we shouldn’t take Trump seriously.

So what I don’t understand is this: Why doesn’t Univisión and for that matter those so-called Mexican American civil rights organizations ever speak up forcefully and defiantly when actual laws and policies are legislated and enforced by the President and Congress?

How does Univisión find Trump’s rhetoric more threatening than the actual punitive laws designed specifically to target Mexicans and Central Americans?

Why has Univisión never dared to boycott the Deporter-in-Chief Obama? The Obama Administration is personally responsible for an increased enforcement of immigration laws resulting in not only the most deportations than any of the previous presidents, but in the separation of families.

How can Univisión stand in solidarity with The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), yet never stand in solidarity with true grass roots efforts to end the deportations, to end the separation of families, to call for the full legalization of Mexican and Central American people, and for genuine self-determination?

Univisión, as a gatekeeper for Hispanic and Latino interests, have had their own share of racist incidents in the last couple of years, but it is mostly through its programing that they have been involved in erasing Indigenous identity and culture.

Univisión’s whiter than white programming is not one to be proud of. The tragic irony that even Charlestown murderer Dylann Storm Roof had this to say about “Hispanic” television, according to the New York Times: “I remember while watching Hispanic television stations, the shows were more white than our own. They have respect for white beauty, and a good portion of Hispanics are white.”

Seems like Univisión’s racial and cultural imagery is properly working in erasing the Indigenous people of both the United States and Mexico.

A closer look at the NHLA press release is a “Who’s Who of LATISM.” If history is any indication, these Hispanic and Latino organizations will “publicly demand” from Donald Trump and whatever corporate entities are affiliated with Trump certain employment and monetary concessions, such as opening up a slot or two in a corporate administrative position to some non-Chicana/o-Mexicana/o.

Alberto Ciurana's Instagram

Alberto Ciurana’s Instagram later deleted

Indeed, Univisión will exploit this issue on the backs of Chicanas/os-Mexicanas/os and in return give nothing back to the community. As it is, Univisión is already backpedalling on comments/posts made on Instagram by Alberto Ciurana, Univision’s president of programming and content, who likened Donald Trump to Dylann Storm Roof.

It is matter of time before Univisión backpedals with their tail between their legs and quietly apologizes to Donald Trump, well, after they monetize this whole incident.

De Tal Palo, Tal Astilla (roughly translated as a chip off the old block or like father, like son) are the ties that bind Donald Trump and Univisión together in the larger scheme of things. Donald Trump and Univisión have worked together knowing full well where each stands in terms of their contemptuous views of the Chicana/o-Mexicana/o people.

As in the case of the Arizona Boycott, when all the Hispanic and Latino organizations stood in “solidarity” with Chicanas/os-Mexicanas/os, once the smoke clears, Trump and Univisión will be marketing some joint venture in the future. Money somehow always finds a way to win. Just wait and see.

There is a history of anti-Mexican rhetoric and laws since the first encounters in the early 1820s. Donald Trump is just the latest to spew such hatred. His comments should be taken seriously as history has shown that these type of anti-Mexican statements are not “clownish” and in fact have led to acts of violence against Mexicans.

Acts of violence against Mexicans is not a relic of the past but have continued to the present, which was highlighted by the murders of Raul Flores and his daughter, Briseñia, age 9 in 2009. How many Mexican deaths will Donald Trump be responsible for?

c/s
cultural sovereignty
— D.Cid

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Social Justice Summit: Knowledge and Justice in Action

Social Justice Summit

Social Justice Summit

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L.A. Story: A Lowrider Cultural Event

L.A. Story

L.A. Story

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What’s with the “X”?

A few people have asked me what the difference between Chicana/Xicana is so I thought I’d write up a short post explaining the difference.

This is an excerpt from a paper I wrote on Xicana Marxism:

“The spelling of Xicana and Xicanisma with an “X” in the place of the original “Ch” is, as you might imagine, of significant importance. Venceremos, a student newspaper at The University of Utah explains why Xicana Feminist Ana Castillo decided to make that change: “She deliberately uses the ‘X’ in the spelling to pay homage to her indigenous roots by incorporating the Nahuatl language of the Mexica and their usage of ‘x’ in their language,” they write. This nuance is very important to Castillo who says, “It is our task as Xicanistas, to not only reclaim our indigenismo– but also to reinsert the forsaken feminine into our consciousness.”” Xicanisma spelled with an “X” differs from Chicanisma with a “Ch” most notably in that it actively—and proudly— engages and embraces the indigenous roots of the Chicana identity.

Xicanisma with an “X” rejects separatist nationalism and instead situates itself in the context of an international and global struggle for liberation, proudly declaring itself in solidarity with indigenous, mestizx, colonized and dispossessed people everywhere.

Furthermore, an explicitly Marxist Xicanisma engages class politics in order to provide a historically materialist analysis of our struggles for liberation; one that identifies the working class as the only class with the power to collectively emancipate itself in a capitalist world and fundamentally transform it. The Marxist Xicanista does not consider class-struggle work to be separate from her daily work of preserving, engaging, and reimagining, her cultural and spiritual practices— she recognizes both as part of her revolutionary identity which she utilizes to fuel her fight.“

— by Crystal Stella Becerril is a Chicago-based Xicana activist & writer. She is currently an editor at Red Wedge Magazine (www.redwedgemagazine.com) and a contributing writer for Socialist Worker Newspaper (www.socialistworker.org), In These Times Magazine (www.inthesetimes.com), and Warscapes Magazine (www.warscapes.com) where she writes about race, feminism, education, and the intersection of politics and culture.

— via Xicana Xingona en Xicago

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Homegrown Terror by Eric J. García (El Machete Illustrated)

Homegrown Terror

Homegrown Terror

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Book Signing and Celebration: “Tradition and Transformation: Chicana/o Art from the 1970s through the 1990s” by Shifra M. Goldman

Shifra M. Goldman

Shifra M. Goldman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shifra M. Goldman was a groundbreaking art historian who pioneered the study of Chicano art. “Tradition and Transformation: Chicana/o Art from the 1970s through the 1990s,” the latest release from CSRC Press, is an illustrated collection of her essays, representing not only Goldman’s influential scholarship on Chicana/o art but also her archival efforts and political activism. Charlene Villaseñor Black, UCLA art history professor and chair of the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee, edited the collection and wrote the introduction. She notes that the essays are “outstanding examples of social art history, as Goldman demonstrates the entwined connections between art and politics and how social art history can engage with postmodernism, multiculturalism, feminism, and transnationalism.”

Presentation:
“Shifra Goldman’s Legacy and the Study of Chicana/o Art”
by Charlene Villaseñor Black
Chon Noriega, CSRC director, will serve as discussant.
Musical performance in honor of Dr. Goldman by her son, Eric Garcia.

This event is FREE.
Books will be available for purchase.
Ample parking in back lot.
Light refreshments.

Presented by the CSRC in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

(July 6, 2015)

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18th Annual Farce of July

Farce of July

Farce of July

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