July 11, 2016. Houston, TX.- "It appears as if it's open season on Latinos," said activist Tony Diaz, leader of the Librotraficantes. "We have a presidential candidate who has called Latinos rapists and now a textbook that will teach students that Chicanos are violent and Latinos are uneducated. Houston is uniting to stop this."
This is just one example of a direct quotation from the book: "Chicanos, on the other hand, adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society." There are more examples, many more.
The book is beyond repair. The flaws in this text can't be fixed with a few, or even, several simple edits.
Who: Houston Latino leaders, activists, community members. Incumbent Texas State Board of Education Representative for District 6, which covers Houston, Republican Donna Bahorich and her Democratic opponent have been invited.
Coalition members include the Librotraficantes, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, MAS Texas, The National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco, and others Texas-wide.
What: Meet to plan responses to the racist textbook proposed by the Texas State Board of Education. We will also provide an update from the first Texas-wide Chicano Summit held in San Antonio last month. Participants are also creating more ways to spread Ethnic Studies in a positive manner that leads to increased graduation rates.
When: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9pm.
Where: Talento Bilingue de Houston - TBH 333 S. Jensen, Houston, TX 77002.
Why: Writer and activist Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante said, "If the racist textbook 'Mexican American Heritage' by Momentum Instruction makes its way into Texas classrooms, it will teach a generation of students to discriminate against Latinos."
We must unite for the elimination of the dissemination of discrimination in education.
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In March of 2012 the Librotraficante Caravan smuggled the books banned in Tucson back into Arizona. www.Librotraficante.com They opened 4 Librotraficante Under Ground Libraries along the way and have opened several more since. Last year they organized the first Librotraficante 50 for Freedom of Speech. They have also stopped Anti-ethnic Studies legislation in Texas. www.StopTXhb1938.org
Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante