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Houston, TX 77254-0181. 

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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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The Librotraficante Under Ground Library Charter

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante 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.



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 on 10/05/14


2012 Librotraficante Carvan of Banned Books to Tucson



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


Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz comes to Tejas for the Border Convo Tour!

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante on 08/28/14


Librotraficante &

Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

are proud to bring to Houston-

cartoonist and author Lalo Alcaraz

kicking off the Border Convo Tour.


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

Angela Morales Lecture Hall

6815 Rustic Street

Houston, TX 77087

Mexican Amerian/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:

Contact: Tony Diaz



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


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,


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

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Librotraficante Under Ground Library Community Charla

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante 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.


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


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

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