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Librotraficantes to unite USA for largest Hispanic Heritage Month observation this Friday

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The Largest Hispanic Heritage Month Observation in the Nation

HOUSTON –- Friday, September 21, 2012, the Librotraficante Movement will unite the United States of America for the largest observation of Hispanic Heritage Month ever seen.

Festivities will span from coast to coast, including key swing states such as Greensboro, North Carolina; Iowa City, Iowa; & Milwaukee, WI.

Other major cities participating include Chicago, New York, Los Angeles & Houston.

“Arizona banned Mexican American History,” said Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante.  “We decided to make more. Arizona officials confiscated books near and dear to our hearts from class rooms – we’re spreading them across the country.”

Banned book smugglers

The Librotraficante Movement responded to Arizona’s prohibition of Mexican American Studies by organizing a six-city caravan to smuggle the banned books back into Arizona. Over 1,000 books were donated from around the nation and the group opened six Underground Libraries throughout the nation.

“We are also celebrating major breakthroughs for our culture,” added Diaz. “BLESS ME, ULTIMA by Rudolfo Anaya is one of the classic novels of Chicano literature. It was banned in Arizona but the film adaptation premieres in El Paso, Texas that evening. Also, the special AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS will air nationally that day on PBS. Maria Hinojosa is the host and executive producer. This is the first time that a Latina produces and hosts a national PBS broadcast. Each event will include a screening of this landmark program. Not only will our culture not be banned, our culture will thrive.”

Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante will join banned authors Martin Espada and Luis Alberto Urrea at the New York City contingent of the 50 for Freedom events hosted by La Casa Azul Bookstore at 143 E. 103rd Street New York, NY 10029 (between Lexington & Park Ave.), steps away from the 6 train – 103rd street stop) 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
Diaz adds, “Arizona was the center of the anti-immigrant movement and those laws spread from state to state. We must not let Arizona’s anti-intellectual laws spread.”
Activities will include:
  • Readings and performances from the books banned in Tucson, AZ.
  • Fundraisers for the Raza Defense Fund created due to frivolous litigation against former Mexican American Studies faculty.
  • Partners: The Librotraficante Movement, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, Sangre REFORMA, Latino Public Radio Consortium, Las Comadres, Latino Rebels, Accentos, Casa Azul, Sangre Viva Arts Alliance, and many others.
4 comments on “Librotraficantes to unite USA for largest Hispanic Heritage Month observation this Friday
  1. If Sean Arce is such a great educator, why hasn’t he been snached up by some major city school district?

    How is he current making a living?

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