Wednesday, April 05, 2006

MEchA: Working to Make Aztlan Real

MEchA = Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán = Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan. MEchA chapters exist on college and high school campuses across America. Their goal is the liberation of Aztlan:

The philosophy of MEchA:
1) We are Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán reclaiming the land of our birth (Chicana/Chicano Nation);

2) Aztlán belongs to indigenous people, who are sovereign and not subject to a foreign culture;

3) We are a union of free pueblos forming a bronze (Chicana/Chicano) Nation;

4) Chicano nationalism, as the key to mobilization and organization, is the common denominator to bring consensus to the Chicana/Chicano Movement;

5) Cultural values strengthen our identity as La Familia de La Raza; and

6) EPA, as a basic plan of Chicana/Chicano liberation, sought the formation of an independent national political party that would represent the sentiments of the Chicana/Chicano community.
Here's what MEchA has been up to lately:

From The Daily Aztec (San Diego State University):
MEChA members supervised the high school students at Chicano Park in Barrio Logan before the demonstrators made their way downtown to protest the proposed legislation bill HR4437 - which would make it a felony to be an illegal immigrant - and other proposed immigration bills.
From Yale Daily News:
On April 10, MEChA members will participate in a National Day of Action meant to increase awareness of immigration issues, Placido said. In addition, the organization is planning an awareness campaign titled "The Many Faces of Immigration" for the week of April 10-14 that will feature panel discussions, movie screenings and talks by immigration activists.
From the Oregon Daily Emerald (University of Oregon):
Guzman: And I, coming from being an internal director for MEChA this year and holding different positions in MEChA, I would bring, I would say, the outside perspective of programs and as a perspective that usually was not heard, I would say.
From the Daily Bruin (UCLA):
Student activists like Galvez, the chairwoman of MEChA, came back from spring break ready to address how several immigration proposals in Congress are affecting life around them.
From the The Western Front (Western Washington University):
The Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán, MEChA, a human rights organization that focuses on chicano issues, is sponsoring Western’s walkout, which is scheduled for noon Wednesday in Red Square.
Also posted at The Jawa Report and Vince Aut Morire.