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Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say. 
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Houston, TX 77254-0181. 






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Cartoonist and author Lalo Alcaraz comes to Tejas!

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 08/28/14

 

Librotraficante &

Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

are proud to bring to Houston-

cartoonist and author Lalo Alcaraz.

 

Come and meet him before his cartoon series BORDERTOWN is launched on Fox TV in January, and he probably will no longer return our phone calls.

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
9:30am-10:30 am
Houston Community College Eastside Campus
Mexican American/Latino Studies program.
Contact: Stalina Villarreal

 

12:30-1:50 PM

LASO-Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, TX

2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, Texas 77073

ACAD 222 

Campus Map:

http://www.lonestar.edu/maps-nharris.htm

Contact: Tony Diaz Antonio.Diaz@lonestar.edu

 

 

3pm – 4pm:  University of Houston

Center for Mexican American Studies

3rd Floor Agnes Arnold Hall

Contact: Lorenzo Cano

 

6 pm - 7pm Live Interview on: Nuestra Palabra Radio Show
90.1 FM KPFT
419 S. Lovett, Houston, Texas 77006
www.kpft.org
www.nuestrapalabra.org

 

Meet and Greet fundraiser for Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

East End Studio Gallery

708c Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023

$25 Donation

Light appetizers and spirits served.

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
9:00am-10:30 am
Houston Community College Central Campus
Mexican American/Latino Studies Program.
Contact: Dr. Lydia A. French Director of Mexican American/Latino Studies Houston Community College - Central
Alan Ainsworth

alan.ainsworth@hccs.edu,

 

Special thanks to:

Houston Community College Mexican American/Latino Studies Program

University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies

LASO at Lone Star College-North Harris

Palo Alto College Center for Mexican American Studies

Z Tequila



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Librotraficante Under Ground Library Community Charla

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 08/18/14

Community Charla at Houston Librotraficante Under Ground Library 

MECA 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007 

Thursday, September 11, 6:30p-8:30p. Free.

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p-8:30p. Free.

Students, teachers, parents, neighbors, writers, readers, professors, teachers, accountants, lawyers, taxi cab drivers, everyone is welcomed to sit and discuss what you want from your Librotraficante Under Ground Library at M.E.C.A-Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts.

Topics:

Future dates for charlas.

Topics, format, ideas for charlas.

Volunteers to lead talks.

Book drives for more books for the UG Library in Houston, as well as for other cities and causes.

Committees that are forming.

Ideas for inspiring more of our youth and families and to read together.

Ideas for teaching more of our community about our history, our culture.

And more, always M.A.S. . .

The Librotraficantes

Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

M.E.C.A.

Somos M.A.S. en Greater Houston

Drop us a line to add the name of your group.

See you there.

Regards, Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante

Facebook invite link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/752384584821281/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49#


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Texas State Board of Education Sabotages Ethnic Studies Textbooks.

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 07/17/14

For Immediate Release:

Contact:  Tony Diaz (713) 867-8943 AztecMuse@aol.com www.MAStexas.org

www.Librotraficante.com

 

 

Texas State Board of Education Sabotages Ethnic Studies Textbooks.

Mexican Americans Stand Up Against Institutionalized Racism.

Houston, TX (July 17, 2014) – It took The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) only 3 months to turn proclamation 2016 into 2017 and take Texas back to 1917.

Last April, the TX SBOE passed historic bi-partisan Proclamation 2016 which would lead to textbooks for Mexican American, African American, Asian American, and Native American Studies. Activists, professionals, students, writers, artists, and politicians supported the effort. This was landmark support for the governmental body that would not acknowledge even in writing “Mexican American Studies.”

Yesterday, the TX SBOE took it all back. The TX SBOE voted 12-1 to alter the language of Proclamation of 2016 to close the door to alternative courses such as Women Studies, and it also changed the year of the proclamation to further put off serving its predominantly Mexican American and African American student body.

In April, the 2 Republicans who opposed Proclamation 2016 called Mexican American Studies reverse racism and threatened to pull a “Cesar Chavez” during public testimony and “boycott” the proceedings. (If they had studied Mexican American History, they would realize their gesture amounted to simply playing “hookey” from work.)

This time Republican dissent against Ethnic Studies Textbook was not as direct. The Republican who proposed the amendments to sabotage Proclamation 2016 focused on rigged budget figures, implying that the policy would gut school districts of funding.

This was a more sophisticated approach to sabotage support of Ethnic Studies and make Texas State Board of Education policy conform to the Texas Republican 2014 Platform which, under the section marked “EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN,” advocates the “assimilation of different racial and ethnic groups.”

Tony Diaz, leader of the Librotraficante Movement and part of the MAS Texas statewide coalition, was on hand at the hearings Tuesday with fellow Librotraficante Georgina Perez, from El Paso. He said, “We now have a clear picture that the Texas State Board of Education has no desire to truly support Ethnic Studies. Hispanics comprise over 51% of all Texas Students. Mexican American Studies has led to a 98% graduation rate, according to the Cambium Report from Arizona. Our youth are being pushed out of school. Culturally relevant material keeps our youth in school and inspires them to graduate. We can’t put that off another year or another second.”

Texas Republicans are adapting more sophisticated Arizona Republican Style Tactics and Democrats are either in cahoots or gullible. All but one of the Democrats present (Representative Allen was not in attendance for the vote.) voted to push back the clock on Ethnic Studies. The lone dissenting vote was Democrat Ruben Cortez, who has been a strong proponent for Ethnic Studies.

The Final vote is Friday; however, the preliminary vote is typically indicative of the final vote. There will be more time for testimony Friday, July 18, at the Texas Education Agency Building in Austin, Texas.

Diaz added, “We will continue to work hard to bring the power of education into our community. Our statewide coalition links members of the community to award winning authors and professors and because of that MAS is quickly spreading. We will soon reach 50 schools in state pilot programs. This will increase graduation rates, more of our youth will go to college. We won’t go backwards. Friday, we will see which Texas State Board of Education members will walk with us into a mutli-cultural, multi-media era."

Study Mexican American Literature with Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 06/16/14


Lone Star College -NH Intercultural Initiatives Presents:

Mexican American Literature with Professor Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante.

 

This course instills the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural, multimedia world. The material covered ranges from classic texts of Mexican American and Texas Mexican Literature to contemporary writings that are changing the world right now. Expect guest speakers and field trips, and more.

 

Invited in person or via skype:

 

Dagoberto Gilb author of THE MAGIC OF BLOOD-banned in Arizona.

 

Librotraficante Lips Mendez aka Lupe Mendez

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Sean Arce

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Curtis Acosta

 

Poet Jasmine Mendez

 

San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla author of CURANDERA-banned in Arizona.

 

DJ Joe B!

 

More speakers added: Texas State Rep. Armando Walle

 

Librotraficante La Vecina Georgina Perez from El Paso, TX

 

Librotraficante Lilo Liana Lopez, NP Radio Producer

 

Associated Press reporter Russell Contreras

 

In conjunction with authors and guests from

The Nuestra Palabra Radio Show

Tuesdays 6p-7p 90.1 FM KPFT

Houston, TX nationwide: www.kpft.org

 

Texts: HECHO EN TEJAS: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature

 

GRITOS: Essays by Dagoberto Gilb

 

HUIZACHE: The Journal of Latino Literature

 

And more, always M.A.S.

 


 

Fall 2014
English 2351-1201 (10268)

T/Th 12:30-1:50 pm Aug. 25-Dec. 14, 2014

Lone Star College-North Harris 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston http://www.lonestar.edu/northharris.htm

ACAD: 222

 

 

This course instills the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural, multimedia world. The material covered ranges from classic texts of Mexican American and Texas Mexican Literature to contemporary writings that are changing the world right now. Expect guest speakers and field trips, and more.

 

Invited in person or via skype:

 

Dagoberto Gilb author of THE MAGIC OF BLOOD-banned in Arizona.

 

Librotraficante Lips Mendez aka Lupe Mendez

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Sean Arce

 

Co-creator of the Mexican American Studies Curriculum Prohibited in Tucson Arizona: Curtis Acosta

 

Poet Jasmine Mendez

 

San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla author of CURANDERA-banned in Arizona.

 

DJ Joe B!

 

More speakers added: Texas State Rep. Armando Walle

 

Librotraficante La Vecina Georgina Perez from El Paso, TX

 

Librotraficante Lilo Liana Lopez, NP Radio Producer

 

Associated Press reporter Russell Contreras

 

In conjunction with authors and guests from

The Nuestra Palabra Radio Show

Tuesdays 6p-7p 90.1 FM KPFT

Houston, TX nationwide: www.kpft.org

 

Texts: HECHO EN TEJAS: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature

 

GRITOS: Essays by Dagoberto Gilb

 

HUIZACHE: The Journal of Latino Literature

 

And more, always M.A.S.

 

 

Introduction to Mexican American Literature with Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net

 

Fall 2014
English 2351-1201 (10268)

T/Th 12:30-1:50 pm Aug. 25-Dec. 14, 2014

Lone Star College-North Harris 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston http://www.lonestar.edu/northharris.htm

ACAD: 222

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 06/11/14

Letter to the Editor

 

 

 

 

·         2 – 4 pages long.

 

·         400 – 600 words.

 

·         For the essay you submit for class, follow the MLA format.

 

·         Write about a topic covered in a Houston Chronicle news story, or an op-ed column from the editorial board or guest columnist.

 

·         You must have a definite thesis statement: an enthymeme with a claim and a reason.

 

·         Combine logos and pathos to further your point.

 

·         For extra credit, submit a shortened version (to confirm with submission guidelines) to the newspaper. After you submit it to the newspaper, forward me what you sent them.

 

·         You receive 10pts just for submitting the essay for publication. You can earn up to 20 pts that way.

 

·         If the newspaper publishes your letter to the editor, you will receive 50 pts extra credit, and I will brag about you for a year.