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Register to Testify Against the Racist Texas Textbook

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 09/09/16

Here is the number to call to register to give your testimony at the Texas State Board of Ed. Tuesday, Sept. 13 to reject the Racist Texas Textbook.


You can call 8 am to 5pm, Friday, September 9, or Monday Sept. 12.

Call today!

You will give your name, address, phone.

They will ask if you want to speak as an individual or an affiliation.
There are only 2 reps per affiliation.

They will ask if you are a registered lobbyist.
You are not.

Tell them you are calling to give public testimony about Proclamation 2017.
They will ask your position. Tell them you want it voted down.

They will email you a confirmation. Get the name of the person you spoke with.

We have 11 more seats on the bus. And we need 2 more sponsors. We have a dozen students from Bay Town coming. Stand up for your rights!

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Librotraficante Caravan to Austin. Unite to Stop racist Texas Textbooks

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 09/06/16

Stop Racist Texas Textbooks. #Bus2ATX to #RejectTheText

Librotraficante Caravan to Austin.
Unite to Stop racist Texas Textbooks

Get on the bus:
6:30 am Tuesday Sept 13, 2016.
Board TBH 333 S. Jensen
Houston, TX 77003
Return to Houston 6 pm.

To get on the bus in Houston:
Call: (713) 867-8943.

Sign the petition at
Join the statewide coalition:

Rally at Texas Education Agency
9:30 a.m.
Tues Sept 13, 2016
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701

Bus Sponsors:
Jacob Monty
Ephraim Del Pozo
Ysidrio Garza, Jr.
(More sponsors welcome.)

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Stop Racist Texbtooks: Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, on Houston Matters today June 3, noon, News 88.7 FM

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 06/03/16

Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, will be on Houston Matters today June 3 at noon on News 88.7 discussing the racist Texas textbook proposed for Texas schools. It is now on the Texas State Board of Education website. 
He will be on the radio show with Texas State Board of Education Representative for District 6, which covers Houston, Donna Bahorich. She is the Republican incumbent in the seat.
For some background, Dr. Dakota Carter is now the Democratic candidate for that seat after he won the primary on May 24. They are both on the ballot in November. 

Tune in, call in, and tweet in.

You can call in during the radio show and you can email questions:
Their Twitter username is: @HoustonMatters
You can listen live on 88.7 FM,
or clickhere:

On twitter, follow: @Librotraficante
Visit to sign the petition to keep this poorly written, racist textbook out of classrooms.

If you want to get involved, attend the Mexican American Studies Summit, Saturday, June 18, in San Antonio. Register at

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Contraband Prose

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 07/30/15


It’s clear to me that our intellectual advancement is a threat 
to some people, because they tried to make it illegal”
–Tony Diaz




Contraband Prose


By Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante


When Arizona banned Mexican American Studies, we became kingpins of mind altering prose, smuggling wetbooks across the Arizona border.


And I coined a phrase: Somos Librotraficantes


                        How do I make my coin? I coined a phrase: somos Librotraficantes.


                        How do I make my coin? I coined a phrase: somos Librotraficantes.





With these broad shoulders and this broader imagination I can bust skulls and open minds.


Lucky for you-I want to do time

                                                     behind books.   




                        I’m a cultural accelerator.

                        Oppression devastator.

                        Been to Arizona guess now I’m a litigator.

                        Gonna run for office, gonna can be a legislator.


                        Protect the cultural capitol

                        Live on the dividends

                        Increasing cultural interest

                        When my hashtag trends.


                        How do I make my coin? I coined a phrase: somos Librotraficantes.


                        How do I make my coin? I coined a phrase: somos Librotraficantes.





And now, everything we once did to survive, will now help us thrive.


My father’s field of study was a field.


My parents picked crops. I pick my destiny. 


My parents took jobs no one else wanted. I create works no one else imagined. 


My parents believed in The American Dream.


                                                                    I'm here to hack it. 


                                                                    Running contraband prose is my racket.


               My ancestors paid their dues. I'm here to collect.

Librotraficante Studies: The books are talking back to us.

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 02/08/15

            There is sometimes debate in the academic world if scholars should get involved in the issues they study.

            For Librotraficante Studies you must.

            In fact, you must lead the way.

            As we prepare to convene for the 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco and as we prepare to conduct the first series of workshops on Librotraficante Studies, I draw your attention to 3 maxims that are pillars of the Librotraficante Movement.


I: Learn the System.


II: Don’t’ trust the System.


III: We are the system.


            For this brief introduction, I want to address Maxim III: We are the system.


            Instead of explaining this the traditional way, I want to illustrate this fact for you.

            I also have to warn you. This is the fact that terrifies the far right into banning our History and Culture.

            I write this to you as I pause from the details of organizing the 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco.

            I’m the chair for this conference. I’m the chair, sitting in a chair in my office, at Lone Star College-North Harris where I am the Director of Intercultural Initiatives.

            You might ask what is a “Director of Intercultural Initiatives”? Exactly.

            I am creating it as I and my fellow scholars, writers, artists, familia by blood, and familia by community create so many other institutions-every day.

            At this same conference, we are launching Librotraficante Studies with an entire track of panels on the Librotraficante Movement. That will inspire more research, more activism, more writing.

            I will publish this essay on our blog on

            I will link to this from essays I will write for any number of online publications and through social media.

            I will teach this essay in my Mexican American Literature courses.

            I will refer to this as I’m on the air for our weekly radio show: Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, during prime time,  at 100,000 watts on 90.1 FM, in the fourth largest city in America. (I haven’t checked today-we might be the 3rd largest.)

            I will publish a version of this for the hard copy of our newspaper The Librotraficante Times.

            And I will donate a hard copy of the original essay, along with one or two early versions with typos and halts, to the Houston Public Library, which is now collecting the papers of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the nonprofit I founded in 1998, which has been the foundation for the Librotraficantes.

            And I have created these thrilling entities and works with my brothers and sisters from the class room to the court room to the cocina and back, and then again.

            Those we fear us know we are the system.

            They fear the moment that we know this.

            That time is now, and this time is ours.

            Welcome to the Chican@ Renaissance.

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