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.”
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.
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.
- 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.