OCTOBER, 1996

MEChA Calls for the Liberation of Aztlan


Chicanos call the seven states of the Southwestern United States Aztlan. Its roots stem from a mythical land which the Aztecs supposedly once occupied north of Mexico City. In the modern context, Aztlan is the territory ceded to the United States by Mexico as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848. Mexico agreed to the settlement and the U.S. paid for the land.
Aztlan is the "A" in MEChA - Movemiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan - The student movement of Chicanos of Aztlan...one of the largest student movements in California...


The preamble of the MECHA constitution reads:

"Chicana/Chicano students of California must take upon themselves the responsibilities to promote Chicanismo within the community; as well as politicize our Raza (Race) and continue the struggle for self-determination of the Chicana/Chicano people and the liberation of Aztlan"
The following is from the October, 1996, VCT newsletter:

1995 Textbook Calls for Liberation of Aztlan

SANTA BARBARA...Oct 12...Santa Barbara County has adopted a textbook which calls for the "liberation of Aztlan" by Chicanos. The book, The Mexican American Heritage, will be used for high school "Chicano studies" throughout Santa Barbara County.

According to a review of the book by Debora L. Sutherland of Santa Barbara, the book introduces the concept of "Aztlan" in the first chapter and from that point on uses the term to mean the seven states of the Southwest which were ceded to the U.S. by Mexico in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.

"The book consistently questions the validity of our existing border with Mexico," Sutherland wrote." It also makes it very clear that with the continuing influx of Latinos into the Southwest along with their high birthrate, these so-called 'natives' will realize their power to control Aztlan once again."

On page 107 it says,

"Latinos are now realizing that the power to control Aztlan may once again be in their hands."


THOSE WHO SCOFF AT THE IDEA OF A MEXICAN TAKEOVER OF THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES DON'T UNDERSTAND HISTORY AND THEY UNDERESTIMATE MEXICANS.

Also see: The Scourge of MEChA


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