Sunday, November 5, 2017

M.E.Ch.A. National Conference 2018

M.E.Ch.A. National Conference 2018

Find more information for the conference at mechanationals2018.com.

The University of Utah M.E.Ch.A. chapter is excited to host you in beautiful Salt Lake City for the 25th MEChA National Conference! MEChA de University of Utah is thrilled that you have chosen our chapter to host this momentous annual meeting on March 15th-18th, 2018. We are well underway in our planning efforts!
MEChA de U of U has been saddened and angered by the recent political discourses and the surge of racist, anti-queer, sexist, xenophobic, islamophobic violence, both physical and emotional. We are truly inspired by the tenacity that our communities have demonstrated by continuing to fight back. We hope to celebrate and affirm our community’s resilience by sharing space, connecting, dialoguing, and collectively healing. We hope that the conference provides a space to think critically and explore issues of power, history, self-identity, and how we can decolonize the toxicity we have learned to normalize in order to take action and rebuild our communities.
We also recognize that an important part of MEChA is building relationships amongst our members, chapters, and community. We hope you take this time to check out Salt Lake City and Utah’s natural beauty. Salt Lake City is surrounded by national and state parks like Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. In recent years, Salt Lake City has also been experiencing a demographic change where over half of the students in the public school system identify as Chicanx/Latinx. Despite its predominantly white population, Utah is home to increasing populations of color whose cultures and communities remain present and vibrant. Please be sure to support some of the local business owned by raza and check out the great work being done by some of our community members!
We look forward to hosting you. Much peace and love, and see you soon! 
-MEChA de U of U

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

3 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

3 Year Anniversary of Ayotzinapa

Art by Carlos Gamboa, Jorge Zapata, and Lau Zárate.

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa Normal School, a rural teacher's college that is located in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico. 

It all started on September 26th 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.

On yet another sad anniversary without justice, MEChA stands with the families of the 43 disappeared students and the thousands of disappeared family collectives across Mexico. 

¡Vivos se los llevaron, Vivos los queremos!

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. We invite you to visit this art gallery in remembrance of the missing students.

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In Response to DACA Being Rescinded

In Response to DACA Being Rescinded

As a collective council of all ten regions representing students across the United States, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (Chicanx Student Movement of Aztlán), also known as M.E.Ch.A., is heartbroken and disgusted at the Trump Administrations decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA was created on the foundation that those who applied and qualified for the program would remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation, allowing them to continue to work, study and be active members of our society. As our communities have been shocked into fear based on the decision that that was made early this morning, we have to ensure our communities that we will do our best to be reactive – ensuring that they know their rights and what the decision on DACA means for them.

All of our MEChistAs, regardless of their documentation status in this country, are invaluable to the teaching we do in our organizations. MEChAs mission is to promote higher education, history and culture – we are firmly committed to protecting the rights of each and every single student, MEChistA or not, who are part of our communities.

Let us continue to march, be loud, unapologetic and unafraid until our voices are heard for not just the 800,000 DACA recipients, but for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Ending DACA and its protections undermines the work that so many MEChistAs, past and present, have made to work hard to get to where they are and achieve so much.

¡La lucha sigue!


Angel Mandujano-Guevara
MEChA de Oregon State University
National Co-Chair 2016-2017