Librotraficante Caravan Launches Underground Libraries in Texas, New Mexico & Arizona
HOUSTON - Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts (MECA)
1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007
Alice Valdez, Founder/Director
SAN ANTONIO - Southwest Workers Union
1414 E. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205
Genaro Rendon, Director
ALBUQUERQUE - Los Jardines Institute
803 La Vega Dr. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Sofia Martinez, Program Coordinator
TUCSON - John Valenzuela Youth Center
1550 S 6th Ave., South Tucson, AZ 85713
Gloria Hamelitz, Director
The Librotraficante Caravan is partnering with nonprofit organizations to help receive, catalogue, distribute and provide an open environment for students and communities to access books.
We intend to collect 1 complete set of the books banned by the Tucson Unified School District for each of these libraries. We also ask all multicultural writers to donate copies of their books, when they are published, from now on, 3 years, 5 years and ten years down the line. We will also donate copies of the banned books to public libraries once a complete set has been collected for each of the Underground Libraries.
"You can bet I'll be donating my books to the Librotraficante Underground Libraries,” -Sandra Cisneros, author of HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, now prohibited by the Tucson Unified School District.
“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.
WEBSITES: www.Librotraficante.com, www.NuestraPalabra.org
ORGANIZERS: Tony Diaz, Liana Lopez, Bryan Parras, Lupe Mendez & Laura Acosta
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