Sunday, March 18, 2012

Librotraficante Caravan received rousing welcome in El Paso, Texas

As the Librotraficante Caravan passed through El Paso, TX en route to Tucson, AZ last week, they were met by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters at a March 14 evening event.  A Book Bash welcomed the caravan and celebrated Latino voices, the event sponsored by BorderSenses, a literary nonprofit organization, in collaboration with Cinco Puntos Press, Mercado Mayapán, and local writers and activists.

The event featured writers and activists from the Caravan who came from various parts of the country, as well as several prominent local artists. These notable locals included Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Minerva Laveaga, Donna Snyder, Richard Yañez, Carolina Monsivais & Jeannette Monsivais , Selfa Chew, Roberto Santos, María Maloney and Griselda Muñoz.

The Librotraficante Caravan is a movement that started in Houston, TX and that is responding to the book ban in Tucson United School District after the disintegration of the Mexican American ethnic studies program. The objective of the caravan will be to take books that are currently prohibited from being taught in Tucson schools into Tucson. Caravanistas hope to bring awareness to Arizona's unconstitutional law that prohibits Mexican American ethnic studies in schools. Headed by Tony Diaz, the caravan is set to pass through San Antonio, El Paso, TX, Mesilla, Albuquerque, NM,  finally ending in Tucson, AZ.

Diaz and fellow caravanistas salute performing artists.
“The caravan is intended to raise awareness of the prohibition of the Mexican American Studies Program and the removal of books from classrooms, to promote banned authors and their contributions to American Literature and celebrate diversity. Children of the American Dream must unite to preserve the civil rights of all Americans and create a network of resources for art, literature and activism.”
- Tony Diaz (founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers having their say)
Danza Azteca lead event's opening ritual.
Danza Azteca opened the evening with indigenous dance ritual. Local representatives and officials addressed the assembly, including El Paso City Council member Suzie Byrd and Texas state representative Marisa Marquez.

Themes of self-pride, border issues, freedom of expression, ethnic pride and ethnic oppression cycled throughout the evening. The excitement of the crowd was palpable; an undercurrent of conversation persisted throughout the evening as activists connected in an electric atmosphere.

The event showcased local artists--with many presenting original works--as well as voices from around the nation. Caravan participant and former El Pasoan Zelene Pineda read a poem she penned while living in Sunset Heights, her response to the Juarez drug war violence she witnessed. Pineda now works for the New York Immigrant Coalition.

4 comments:

fan of Gaia said...

Thanks for showing the world that the suppression of history never works. Gosh, how are those bigots in Arizona going to explain all the Mexican/Spanish sounding names all over the US?

Vicente Duque said...

Billie :

Thanks for very beautiful article on things of togetherness of several people, ethnics and races,with a beautiful tone or color of ART.

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Vicente Duque said...

Be a Smuggler of Banned Books - Unitarian Universalists - Association of Congregations - Social Justice - Immigration Justice - Smuggle a Banned Book to an Arizona school child! - To move forward as a diverse society.


Civil Defiance for Cultural and Ethnic Freedom : Unitarirans smuggling banned books to Arizona and Georgia.

Bringing a banned book is a simple, joyful individual act through which we together push for equitable treatment and for freedom to read, to teach, to disagree in love, to move forward as a diverse society.

Bring a Banned Book to an Arizona school child! Be a librotraficante! If you’re not going to Phoenix, please pass on this invitation to folks you know who are.

The right to read, to explore, to discuss new, different and even conflicting ideas – nothing could be more central to the humanist enterprise, nor more ingrained in Unitarian Universalist history. The decision by Arizona political leaders to deny such opportunities, and the attempt to thoroughly control education and intellectual freedom of the school children of Arizona is an affront to all free people. No one need agree with the ideas in these books to know instinctively that to take them off classroom shelves is a bad idea.

If you are going to the Phoenix GA, please join us as a Banned Books SmUUggler.


http://immigrationjustice.blogs.uua.org/education/smuggle-a-banned-book-to-ga/


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