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

Please send book donations to one of the Librotraficante Under Ground Libraries.

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Book Drive for the Phoenix Under Ground Library

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 04/06/14

Donate OCCUPIED AMERICA to the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Phoenix!!


Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say by donating books to the Librotraficante Under Ground Library in Phoenix.



Help raise 25 copies of OCCUPIED AMERICA by Dr. Rodolfo Acuña for the Under Library book club at Puente.


Mail copies or donations to:


Puente Movement

1306 E Van Buren Phoenix, Arizona 85006



Puente promotes justice, non-violence, interdependence and human dignity.


Puente Arizona wants to begin teaching a Chicano Curriculum for the undocumented community.  OCCUPIED AMERICA is a powerful work for this mission, as the iconic author, Dr. Rodolfo Acuña, has just released a FREE Teacher Manual to accompany the work.


Link to the free Teacher Manual for OCCUPIED AMERICA:



OCCUPIED AMERICA by Dr. Rodolfo Acuña is among the 84 books confiscated from Tucson classrooms after Arizona House Bill 2281 prohibited Mexican American Studies.


Here is an annotated list of all 84 books:


2 bios on the iconic Dr. Rodolfo Acuña



twitter: @Librotraficante

twitter: @PuenteAZ



Houston Day of Action-Pachanga For Mexican American Studies (M.A.S.). Wish the Librotraficantes Good Luck!

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 04/04/14

Houston Day of Action-Pachanga For Mexican American Studies (M.A.S.).
Wish the Librotraficantes Well on their Trip to Austin to fight for M.A.S. in schools.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Noon - 4 pm
Casa Ramirez
241 West 19th Street

Houston, Texas 77008

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We are asking all of our colleagues and friends from across the state and the nation to E-MAIL and CALL-IN
to the Texas State Board of Education. For Houston, join us as we call the State Board of Education and e-mail them this Sunday.

We will also be signing folks up to deliver testimony in Austin next Tuesday.

Find out more about the campaign to defend our culture or call TX SBOE Reps.

Donate $5 and sign the "Houston Loves M.A.S." banner.

Help us make signs for our Rally in Austin.

Or just stop by to wish us well!
Light Refreshments will be served.

The Texas State Board of Education will vote on April 9 on implementing Mexican American Studies.

The Librotraficantes and a state-wide coalition will descent on Austin, Texas April 8 to testify for MAS in TX schools.

More information:

Facebook invite: Click here.

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Wed. April 2. 9 am & 6p Houston: Meet Curtis Acosta, co-founder of the MAS program BANNED in AZ

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 03/28/14

2 Talks:

The 2012 Librotraficante Caravan Smuggled the Banned Books to Tucson.
Now, one of the founders of the brilliant & BANNED Mexican American Studies Program comes to Houston!

Community Charlas with Curtis Acosta, one of the founders and leaders of the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson Unified School District.

This is the program that led to a 98% graduation rate for our youth.

This is the program that Arizona legislators banned!

9 am:
Wednesday April 2, Lone Star College-NH
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073-3499

From the The Daily Show ?to Lone Star College-North Harris, Curtis Acosta joins professor Tony Diaz aka El Librotraficante? on campus Wed April 2 at 9 am CE 101 to discuss Freedom of Speech and Ethnic Studies. Here's a link to the video:

Wednesday April 2, 6pm - 7:30 PM at the Houston Librotraficante Under Ground Library
MECA Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts
1900 Kane, Houston, TX 77007

Both Free.

Defy the national Anti-Ethnic Studies Movement.
Stand together to Demand Mexican American Studies in Texas.

In conjucntion with The University of Houston Downtown
Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say
MAS Texas
And the community . . .

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Texas, Defy the Republican Attack on Ethnic Studies.

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 03/13/14

You need to know that there is definitely an attack on Ethnic Studies being orchestrated nation wide.

            3 major Chicano states are in a struggle: Arizona, California, and Texas.

            This fall Tucson students and teachers are taking their case to the 9th District Court of appeals to defend every American’s Freedom of Speech and overturn AZHB2281.  You can get updates at This will be a huge moment in history. The nation will know that Chicanos stood up for everyone’s freedom of speech.

            Also, right now, in what we thought of the bastion of Chicano Studies-California, Ethnic Studies is under attack via privatization, and a sophisticated use of Donut-legislation meant to encircle and intimidate professors, defund departments, and dismantle Ethnic Studies.

            By studying the tactics of the Far Right Republican Party in Arizona, we have been able to score major victories in the Texas, the home of the Librotraficante Movement.

            Of course, History is on our side.

            Right now, 51% of 5 million Texas Public School students are Hispanic.

            Texas-sized school district Houston ISD consists of over 270 schools. That’s just one of the 1,200 school districts in the state.

            Needless to say there are thousands of Librotraficantes in Texas.

            In March of 2013, we organized a state-wide coalition to stop Texas SB1128 and HB1938 which would have effectively dismantled Mexican American History in colleges.

            Last fall, that same coalition inspired the Texas State Board of Education  (TX SBOE) to add Mexican American Studies to the list of courses to be approved for implementation in high schools.

            The next phase of that campaign comes to head this April 9 in Austin, Texas. To get more info visit:

            The Republican chair of the TX SBOE is blocking a vote on that curriculum.

            We are pushing to make her let the vote happen.

            We must not let the Republican Party shut down Mexican American History.

            We need all of our friends and allies to stand with us to implement this course option that would deliver Texas into a multicultural, multimedia educational system that will revitalize the American Dream for all of our young.

            Every spring, the Librotraficantes seem to take on an oppressor.

            If we can all unite to deliver Texas then we can support our familias in all other states as well.

            Democracy needs to be rebooted every 40 or 50 years.

            This time, the duty has fallen on the broad shoulders and broader imaginations of our people.

            Without a doubt, we shall come through.

            Viva Los Librotraficantes!


Thanks for keeping up with all the action celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Librotraficante Caravan. 

For faster updates, tune into the NP Radio Show #NPRadio Tuesdays 6p-7p Houston, TX 90.1 FM KPFT Also, follow @Librotraficante on Twitter and Facebook.

More and more huge news as we deliver Texas to the a new era of education and the American Dream.

Tejas Foco 2014 Fiction Awards Announced

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 02/17/14

For Immediate Release:                                                                           
Contact:   Tony Diaz 
                    (713) 867-8943

Houston, TX (February 10, 2014)-The  2014 NACCS Tejas Foco Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 NACCS Tejas Fiction Awards.  This year's awards features a new category for Young Adult Fiction.


FOR FICTION: First Place

Daniel Chacon, University of Texas at El Paso

Hotel Juarez, Houston's Arte Publico Press, 2013


FOR FICTION: Second Place

ire'ne lara silva

flesh to bone, Aunt Lute Books, 2013



Young Adult Fiction : First Place

Xavier Garza

Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch, Cinco Puntos Press


Young Adult Fiction : Second Place

Diana López

Ask My Mood Ring, Little, Brown Books


Description of Awards 

The NACCS Tejas Fiction Awards recognize outstanding work of fiction or young adult fiction that best represents a significant topic related to the Mexican American experience in Texas. Any novel or collection of short stories published in 2013 in Texas or elsewhere was eligible.  


Awards Luncheon

First place recipients will be formally presented NACCS Tejas Fiction Awards at the awards Luncheon at the Tejas Foco Conference in San Antonio, Texas among hundreds of scholars, students, activists, and politicians from throughout the state Friday Feb 21, 12:30-1:40 at Courtyard Marriott on HWY 151 and Wiseman BLVD. They will also share excerpts from their work. Second place winners will also be aknowledged. For a full conference schedule visit:


Winners will be scheduled to appear on the NP Radio Show which airs Tuesdays 6p-7p on 90.1 FM KPFT, Houston, with podcasts and live streaming available at


Broadcasts of the award-winning work begins Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6p-7p, 90.1 FM KPFT, Houston, Texas, with 2014 NACCS TEJAS AWARD

Young Adult Fiction winner Xavier Garza author of Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch, published by Cinco Puntos Press


Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, and chairman of the NACCS Tejas Foco Fiction Committee said, "I love smuggling books, and the Librotraficantes are great at it; however, it is also very moving to be able to bestow an award from the Tejas Foco to a writer from our community and then broadcast them at 100,000 watts during prime time. Without a doubt, the Chicano Renaissance is upon us."


For next year's contest info visit:


NACCS Tejas Foco Fiction Committee Members


Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante (Chair)

Director of Intercultural Initiatives

Lone Star College-North Harris

Houston, TX


Dr. Marci R. McMahon

Department of English
University of Texas-Pan American
Edinburg, Texas


Dr. José F. Aranda Jr.

Associate Professor of Chicano/a & American Literature

Chair of Spanish & Portuguese

Director of the Américas Reseach Center at Rice University

Houston, TX



2014 NACCS-Tejas Conference Awardees



Isaac Chavarría Poxo, Slough Press


Nonfiction Book

Marci McMahon,University of Texas Pan-American

Domestic Negotiations: Gender, Nation, and Self-Fashioning in US Mexicana

and Chicana Literature and Art. Rutger's University Press, 2013



Antonio L. Vásquez, "Roots and Flows of the Tejano Diaspora in the Southern United States." Michigan State University


Aaron E. Sánchez, "From Pocholandia to Aztlán: Belonging, Homeland Politics, and Citizenship in U.S.-Mexican Thought, Texas 1910-1979. Southern Methodist University


Letras de Aztlan Awards

¡Somos MAS! San Antonio

Here is a link to  a blog post announcing the awards for your social media convenience:

Tejas Foco Announces Fiction Award Winners!