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Librotraficante Justice

Contraband Prose

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net 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 www.tonydiaz.net 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 www.Librotraficante.com

            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.

Arizona Bans the Books. We Free Them. 100 Banned Books for Texas.

by Tony Diaz - El Librotraficante www.tonydiaz.net on 02/01/15

NACCS Tejas Foco Community Out Reach: Book Drives-Stock the Shelves of Librotraficante Under Ground Libraries in Texas.

Yes!! 25 down, 75 to go. The Tejas Foco wants to thank you for helping us gather a class room set of CHICANO for the Promise Center in Baytown, TX. Now, we set our sites on Dallas.

We want to raise 4 class room sets of CHICANO! The History of the Mexican Amerian Civil Rights Movement by F. Arturo Rosales. This is one of the books banned in Arizona when Mexican American Studies was prohibited.

These are the 4 sites we are raising books for. Once we stock one, we will move on to the next. We will present the books to reps from each UG Library February 26, 2015 at the NACCS Tejas Foco in Houston, TX.

1.) The Baytown, TX Librotraficante Under Ground Library at the Promise Center. 25 copies donated! The classroom set is complted! Now on to Dallas.

2.) The Dallas, TX Librotraficante Under Ground Library at the the Oak Cliff Cultural Center
1 copy collected. 24 more to go for a classroom set.

3.) The San Antonio Librotraficante Under Ground Library at the South West Workers Union.

4.) The Houston Librotraficante Under Ground Library at MECA



 

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