Saturday, November 12, 2016

In Response to the Presidential Election

In Response to the Presidential Election 

To all MEChA Chapters, Centrales, and Regions,

We, the National MEChA Coordinating Council of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán, are deeply disturbed and saddened by the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. The past 24 hours we have witnessed a grave injustice occur against the nation we find ourselves in. A man unqualified to serve as “leader of the free world” has seized power. He is dangerous, as are those who support him. We have heard this kind of hateful rhetoric before, and it has pierced our hearts and minds and seeks to weaken our resolve. They have alluded to causing us physical harm, deporting immigrants, breaking families apart, further militarizing the U.S. southern border, and a myriad of other divisive tactics meant to oppress our communities.

This shameless individual will inevitably be the next President of the United States. The Republican party will control the House of Representatives, Senate and Supreme Court. In the past we have been subject to oppression from both sides of the U.S. political system, and together we have overcome comparable obstacles. Each chapter knows the best course of action to take to defend their communities moving forward.

We only seek to carve a place for ourselves in this world, and too often our determination for existence is met with hostility. In this time of great despondency, we ask our members across the country to gather their courage and stand strong together. Comfort each other and look ahead to the fight we now face. From Ferguson to Standing Rock, the last few years have set the stage for the future of all marginalized groups in this country, and we must stand together for our fellow Black, Brown, LGBTQIA+, Native American, and Undocumented Immigrant+ human beings. Many of us find ourselves disillusioned, depressed, and perhaps unable to comprehend what new challenges we will now face. We ask that you all comfort your allies, your families, and yourselves. As we continue to press forward, let us remember to reflect and heal often.

La Gente Unida, Jamas Sera Vencida

2016-17 National MEChA Coordinating Council

Additional Resources:

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (trevorproject.org for more ways to talk)
American Civil Liberties Union Immigrant Rights: https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights
My (Un)Documented Life: https://mydocumentedlife.org/
United We Dream: http://unitedwedream.org/

Monday, September 26, 2016

2 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

2 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

Art by Jennifer Espinoza, Donají, and Angel Gómez Cancheiro.

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the disappearance of 43 male students from Ayotzinapa Normal School, a teacher's college that is located in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico. 

It all started on September 26 in the town of Iguala, when police opened fire on three buses full of students, who were en route to protest education reforms and to demand more resources for their college. In that altercation, six people were killed and 43 students were arrested. The cops then handed the students, who were mostly from indigenous and rural campesino towns, over to cartel hitmen from the drug gang Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors). They haven't been seen since.

Online, graphic artists from all over have added art and portraits of the missing students to a Tumblr called Ilustradores con Ayotzinapa or "Illustrators with Ayotzinapa." Each illustration is a detailed portrait of the missing student: a face in a dreamy watercolor of rainbows; another face, crying and rising from Mexico choked by cactus; a third face gagged with the Mexican flag. 

You can visit the online gallery at http://ilustradoresconayotzinapa.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Letter to the protectors of the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation

Letter to the Protectors of the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation

Photo courtesy WLRN Public Radio and Television.

We, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.), stand with you, the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation, in full solidarity over the call to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Time and time again, we have seen what the damage these pipelines can do and the harm they can bring to Creator’s land and their creatures. We saw it in The Gulf Oil Spill in April of 2010 which spilled roughly 200,000 gallons a day.

The construction of this pipeline has already destroyed so much sacred indigenous lands and has even violated treaties signed by the United States and the local Native tribes. We stand with you in solidarity because we see the dangers this pipeline has to not only the neighboring cities and towns, but the Native populations which actually depend and rely on this and other riverbeds for access to clean water. We stand with you because our ancestors also tended to this land, and it is our duty to fight alongside our Indigenous family to protect their rights.

On countless occasions, the Protectors of this land have been attacked by dogs and pepper sprayed by a private security detail sent by the Dakota Access Pipeline company. We; as a people and as a nation, do not condone or stand idly by while people’s rights are wrongfully violated. We do not tolerate the oppression of any people, and fully and unconditionally support the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their pursuit to hold the United States accountable for the treaties that they have signed, and rightfully protect their land.

In solidarity,

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán
National M.E.Ch.A. Coordinating Council 2016-2017
Angel Mandujano-Guevara, National M.E.Ch.A. Co-Chair
¡La Unión Hace La Fuerza!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Letter from M.E.Ch.A. to the City of Orlando, Pulse, and LGBTQIA+ and QTPOC Families and Communities

Letter from M.E.Ch.A. to the City of Orlando, Pulse, and LGBTQIA+ and QTPOC Families and Communities

Getty Images.

We, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA), with heavy hearts would like to extend our deepest condolences to the 50 families, friends, and partners of those who were lost Sunday morning at Pulse in Orlando, Florida. As we mourn for those killed by a man filled with both delusion and ignorance, we want you to know that you are not alone in this struggle.

This cycle of violence and gun culture that at times seems to only effect the most vulnerable of groups, will not beat either of us on our journey to liberation and equity.

We express our love and sincerest condolences to those involved and their families. Your pain is felt throughout the Nation. The pain of the LGBTQIA+ and QTPOC communities is ours and we stand with you in solidarity, we love you and we are here for you.

Yours truly,

The 2016-2017 National M.E.Ch.A. Coordinating Council
National M.E.Ch.A. Organization