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Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say. 
P.O. Box 5401-0181, 
Houston, TX 77254-0181. 






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100 Banned Books for Texas & #MayaVsAZ

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 01/04/15

2015 NACCS Tejas Foco Community Out Reach in Collaboration with

Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say &

Librotraficante.

 

The 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco: Putting More Community in Community College and Beyond takes place February 26-29, 2015 at Lone Star College-North Harris, in Houston, Texas.

 

The Tejas Foco Committee will increase family and community engagement, which will lead to more Latino youth enrolling and completing college, by adding the following initiatives to its annual conference:

 

1.)  Donations to help the TUSD Students overturn #AZHB2281

 

2.)  Donations to help students from Mission, Texas get to the Tejas Foco

 

3.)  Book Drives: The Chicano 100-Donate 100 banned books to Under Ground Libraries

 

1.) The Librotraficantes have raised $2,450.00 to donate to the cause.

Maya Arce, a Chicana high school student, takes Arizona to court on January 12, 2015, to overturn the law used to prohibit Mexican American Studies in Tucson. We hope to help raise $3,000. We invite members attending the NACCS Tejas Foco to pitch in in to show Tejano love. You can donate directly to travel costs by clicking here: MAS Trial.

Put Tejas Foco or Librotraficante in the note, just for us to keep track of the pledge goal.

If you are in San Francisco, help swarm the court room, January 12, 8:00 am – 5 PM,

THE JAMES R. BROWNING COURTHOUSE
95 7TH STREET,
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

There is also a Ethnic Studies Solidarity Event: Summit and Teach-In Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Mission High School in San Franciso, CA.

 

Here is a link to an essay with more info:

“The HOUSE ON MANGO STREET goes to court: #MayaVsAZ

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tonydiaz/the-house-on-mango-street-goes-to-trial_b_6391022.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

 

2.) Mission Mission, Texas. Donate to help the high school students who are part of the first Mexican American Studies Dual Credit program in attend the and present at the 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco. They will provide their testiminios on how MAS has shaped their lives. Also, their teacher will give a workshop on the step by step process of implementing MAS as a dual credit course in high school. That is one of many ways to implement MAS at the high school level, but this is a very effective approach that not enough schools know about.

 

3.) Book Drives: The Chicano 100-Donate 100 banned books to Under Ground Libraries

 

 

We are taking donations to present 4 Librotraficante Under Ground Libraries with class room sets of 25 copies books by and about Mexican American history, literature, and culture which were banned in Arizona.

 

 

a. ) 25 copies of CHICANO Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales for the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Houston, Texas at MECA-Houston, Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts.

 

b. ) 25 copies of CHICANO Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales for the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Baytown, Texas at the Promise Center.

 

c. ) 25 copies of CHICANO Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales for the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in San Antonio, Texas at the South West Workers Union (SWU).

 

d.) 25 copies of CHICANO Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales for the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Dallas, Texas at Cliffton Arts Center.

 

Bonus Banned Books:

 

We also want the Tejas Foco to help us achieve stocking one of the UG Libraries with the most feared of books: Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Rodolfo Acuña.

 

Of course, this is the most expensive of the books banned in Arizona, and also one of the most vilified. So we need Tejanos to help us get a classroom set to the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Phoenix, Arizona at Puente.

 

Cuba Libre? But When do We Free Arizona?

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 12/26/14

When do we free Arizona?

Maybe January 12, 2014.

That's the date that high school junior Maya Arace visits the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the law banning Mexican American Studies.

We want to thank all the Librotraficantes from all over the U.S. and the UK who have pitched in to help get Maya to San Francisco.

Together we have raised $2,275.00 to donate to the cause.

We hope to help raise $3,000. We invite members attending the NACCS Tejas Foco to pitch in in particular, so as to show Tejano Love to our familia in Arizona. Of course, everyone can band together to stand up for intellectual freedom. You can visit directly to Maya be clicking here: MAS Trial.

Put Tejas Foco or Librotraficante in the note, just for us to keep track of the pledge goal.

Also, donations that go to our website www.librotraficante.com will be donated to the costs of the court case leading up to the case in San Frarnciso January 12, 2015.

If you are in San Francisco, we ask you to help us swarm the court room.

There is also a Ethnic Studies Solidarity Event: Summit and Teach-In Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Mission High School in San Franciso.

 


 Links to more stories:


"House On Mango Street" Goes to Court


Every Week is Banned Books Week for Chicanos


Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US

 




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

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net 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: http://bit.ly/UGLibraryCharter


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

http://bit.ly/LTCaravanista

 

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:

 

www.meca-houston.org

 

www.Librotraficante.com

 

www.Nuestrapalabra.org

 

www.MASTexas.org

 

 

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.

 

Link to this agenda for your multimedia and texting convenience: http://bit.ly/AgendaOct9

The Librotraficante Under Ground Library Charter

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 10/05/14

The Librotraficante Under Ground Library Charter

“Our literature and our history must never be at the mercy of political whim ever again. We ask supporters to donate copies of the banned books by the dozen to these Underground Libraries to preserve freedom of speech, so that all of us can tell our stories,” -Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante.

 

Purpose: 

The Librotraficantes coordinate a network that includes Under Ground Libraries throughout the nation for the distribution of books, workshop plans, instructions for workshop leaders, visits from writers, so that not only will our communities always have access to our art, literature, and culture, but these sites will also fortify a generation of readers, writers, thinkers and activists through the literary arts in the same manner that Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say has done so in Houston, Texas since 1998.

 

The Librotraficantes came into existence to join the movement against Arizona’s Banning of Mexican American Studies.

 

Every Librotraficante Under Ground Library must have a hard copy of this Charter and link to it through multimedia, so that the institutional attempt to erase our history is never forgotten, and so that our community always has access to its history.

Contents of the Charter

·      Chronological Facts that led up to the creation and repeal of Arizona House Bill 2281 which banned Mexican American Studies.

 

·      The List of all the books banned in Tucson because of Arizona House Bill 2281.

 

·      A list of the Tucson 11, the original Mexican American Studies teachers at Tucson Unified School District

 

·      The list of the legal team and plaintiffs who filed suit against the state of Arizona in response to AZ HB 2281.

 

·      The Librotraficante Manifesto

 

·      The List of the Caravanistas who participated in the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to Tucson.

 

·      List of Allies, Student Groups, organizations, and individuals who joint the movement to repeal Arizona House Bill 2281 so that no one’s history would be illegal.

 

·      One page bio on each of the Librotraficante Under Ground Libraries

2012 Librotraficante Carvan to Tucson: Caravanistas

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 10/05/14


 

2012 Librotraficante Carvan of Banned Books to Tucson


Caravanistas

 

Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante

Harbeer Sandhu-Librotraficante El Indio

2.     Agustin Loredo-Librotraficante El Guti Q

3.     Jacob Shaffer-Librotraficante Sound

4.     Laura Acosta- Librotraficante La Laura

5.     Tony Garcia- Librotraficante Crusher

6.     Susie Moreno- Librotraficante Mom

7.     Bryan Parras- Librotraficante High Tech Aztec

8.     Liana Lopez- Librotraficante Lilo

9.     Joceyln Viera-yolibrotraficante

10.  Antonio Maldonado- Librotraficante Lmokey

11.  Gabriel Carmona- Librotraficante Commandante Carmona

12.  Brandon McGaughey- Librotraficante hi tech hybrid

13.  Belinda Acosta-Texas Observer- Librotraficante la prensa

14.  Cecilia Balli- Librotraficante Texas Monthly

15.  Megan- Librotraficante Daily Beast

16.  Gloria Rubac- Librotraficante La Gloria

17.  Delia Perez- Librotraficante Hashbrown

18.  Ruben Castilla Herrera- Librotraficante buddha-zas

19.  Adam Flopez- Librotraficante Pancho Flopez

20.  Brandon Selman- Librotraficante Pelochin

21.  Blas Espinosa- Librotraficante blaze

22.  Victoria Corona- Librotraficante hasta la Victoria

23.  Luis –kid from ABQ

24.  Diana Lopez- Librotraficante dilo

25.  Dennis

26.  Zelene Suchil Pineda- Librotraficante Rebelen

27.  Paolo Mossetti- Librotraficante El Italiano

28.  Lupe Mendez- Librotraficante Lips Mendez