Agenda for Librotraficante Under Ground Library Community Charla Thursday, October 9, 2014. 6pm-8pm. : Librotraficante Justice
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Agenda for Librotraficante Under Ground Library Community Charla Thursday, October 9, 2014. 6pm-8pm.

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 10/05/14

Librotraficante Under Ground Library at MECA


Notes from past Community Charla.


Goals for our next Community Charla Thursday, October 9, 2014. 6pm-8pm.



Join us for our Librotraficante Under Ground Library at MECA Community Charla. We are planning the next steps for readings, adding books, and inviting guests speakers. This will follow up on the ideas and plan we shared at the last charla.

The meeting will be led by Librotraficante La Laura Laura Razo who is an education expert, and also organized the Librotraficante Caravan to Arizona, and a 10+ year organizer for Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say. Co-facilliator will be Estevan Azcona, PhD, Music Director at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA).


Goals for Thursday October 9, 2014:


 3 goals to get working on:


1. Pick the next time to meet: (Choose a November or December date.)


2. Chose a date for a public event (Choose from a oral history day, a reading, or lecture):


3. Choose a long term goal to begin planning out:




3 issues to develop into specific tasks:


a.) Making the books user friendly. Start with a section marked poetry/English, Poetry/Spanish, Poetry/Bilingual:


b.) Provide information on the story about the books, the mural on the book case, the creation of the book case.


Each Under Ground Library should have a charter. That is a binder that is basically booklet with information that explains the story behind the banning of Mexican American Studies in Arizona, the Librotraficante Caravan, and the status of the ban.


The charter can be found at this link:

The list of folks who were on the Librotraficante Caravan is here:


We should get a team of volunteers to compile the booklet/binder.




c.) Provide a wall full of books. This would involve help removing older, out dated books from the general mix, providing more book shelves, creating more nooks and crannies or comfy spots to read.



Related websites:



Type of possible public events:


Oral Histories: Houston Tejanos during the Huelga Schools: (Choose one or two coordinators. Chose 2 or 4 folks to share their story. Lupe Mendez is conducting research on the Huelga Schools. This could be a great time to have elders share their stories about that time.)


Discussion of one of the books: House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a quick and enjoyable read and folks love it. We could choose a date to all read it by, and come in and share our thoughts.


Discussions on topics that are important to the community: This can range from Immigration, to Education, to cooking.


A poetry, prose reading: We would choose a coordinator and then invite 4 – 6 poets or writers to come and read their poetry, or prose in Spanish, English, or Spanglish. We can have an open mike after that.


Professor Led Discussion: We can ask Lorenzo Cano, Cristina Sisk, or Jose Aranda from Rice University to lead a talk for us.


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