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Underground Libraries
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.


ORGANIZERS: Tony Diaz, Liana Lopez, Bryan Parras, Lupe Mendez & Laura Acosta

Become a part of history in the making.​