Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lowriting Book Signing at Mi Vida Boutique in Highland Park





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CSULA Academic Senate Declares War on Chicana/o Studies, Black Studies & Asian American Studies

Over 100 students, community activists, faculty, staff, and others jammed the Cal State L.A. Academic Senate on January 28, 2014 to demonstrate its strong support for “Ethnic Studies” (i.e. Chicana/o Studies, Pan-African Studies, and Asian American Studies) becoming part of … Continue reading



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Towards a Decolonizing Diet: The Dirty Dozen Plus & the Clean Fifteen

Several days ago, I posted an entry entitled “We Are Maiz” about the importance of decolonizing our food staples and diets while rooting them back to our traditional Indigenous ways.  Most of us don’t consider how food has been used … Continue reading



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Remembering January 31, 1971

The assassinations of Ruben Salazar, Lyn Ward, and Angel Gilberto Díaz at the Chicano Moratorium march and protest against the Viet Nam War on August 29, 1970 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were part of a deliberate police … Continue reading



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Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul

LOWRITING NOW AVAILABLE, PLUS FULL LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS! Lowriting: Shots, Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul by Art Mezais now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book retailers.  It may or may not show up in your local bookstore but that’s where … Continue reading



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From the Archives: Statement of Purpose for the National Huelga Day

In previous posts in Notes from Aztlán, I have made public some of the notes I took, documents I hold, and “policy” statements I wrote as an emerging Chicano activist within the Brown Berets. I have shared these briefs because … Continue reading



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“We are Maiz”

Sometime in October 2013, I started talking to a Xicana from Los Angeles whose social justice journey led her to the snow where she now uses her knowledge of environmental science and urban planning as part of a centuries old … Continue reading



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“We Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us”

Through both my professional and community work as well as a student in Chicana/o Studies, I’ve often stumbled upon many conversations regarding the “illegality” of Mexican (im)migration to the United States. Most discussions center on points similar to this: Mexicans … Continue reading



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Art Meza at Vapegoat on January 11, 2014 (7-11pm)





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Declaring Victory After Defeat: Beggars will Still be Losers

In March of 1968, 15,000 thousand Chicana/o students from several East Los Angeles high schools and throughout the city of Los Angeles walked out of their classrooms to protest a racist and inferior public educational system. The Eastside Blowouts coincided … Continue reading



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