Also see: THE CASE AGAINST MEChA
and.... The Scourge of MEChA
MEChA is an acronym for Moviemiento Estudiantil Chicano de AZTLAN (Chicano Student Movement). AZTLAN refers to the U.S. southwestern states which MEChA claims were stolen from Mexico (disclaiming the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, $15 million paid, etc.), must be reconquered ("Reconquista") and reclaimed for Mexico. MEChA was founded for the sole purpose of infiltrating our educational system and, by lies and propaganda, literally "brainwashing" students with anti-American sentiment, hate and violence with the ultimate goal of revolution and the overthrow of the U.S. government.
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 first MEChA chapter was established in 1969 on the U.C. Santa Barbara campus as "El Plan de Aztlan". MEChA is a growing and increasingly militant Chicano presence on university, high school and junior high school campuses. According to MIGUEL CARILLO, a Chula Vista HS teacher, there are MEChA chapters at over 90% of the high schools in San Diego and Los Angeles. MEChA receives tax funds. Per UCLA's JACQELINE CARRASCO, "Most chapters get their budget from the (tax funded) schools and sometimes from the associated students. Funds range from $100 to $8000 for larger schools such as Cal State Northridge". Anti-American literature is published on multiple campuses featuring MEChA material. Some include El Popo, Aztlan News, Chispas, Gente de Aztlan (UCLA heros are Che Guevera, Augusto Cesar Sandino, Simon Bolivar and Salvadoran Stalinist, Farabundo Marti). Others are VOZ FRONTERIZA (U.C. San Diego), LA VOZ MESTIZA (U.C. Irvine) and LA VOZ BERKELEY referring to the U.S., as AMERIKKKA, celebrating the death of a Border Patrol agent and identifying conservative U.S. representatives as "Nazi Pigs". TO FOLLOW IS A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF MEChA ACTIONS, STATEMENTS BY THEIR LEADERS AND THE EFFECT OF THEIR PRESENCE ON MANY OF OUR CAMPUSES:
o In 1970, the University of Texas at El Paso MEChA group declared: "We do not seek assimilation; we seek self-preservation of our culture and language."
o The San Diego City College MEChA declared the 5 U.S. southwestern states were no longer part of the U.S., lowered the American flag & raised the Aztlan flag in its place.
o In 1971, U.C. Santa Barbara MEChA was asked to work with campus police to avoid violence. Their reply: "...we view the campus police as an integral part of this whole repressive system...we cannot accept this 'kiss of death'...que viva la revolucion (long live the revolution)!"
o In May 1993, MEChA at UCLA spearheaded the riot that caused $500,000 damage to that campus when they occupied buildings & demanded full department status for Chicano studies.
o MIGUEL PEREZ, Cal State Northridge MEChA:
"The ultimate ideology is the liberation of Aztlan". When asked his preference of government, said, "Communism would be closest. Non-Chicanos would have to be expelled ...opposition groups would be quashed because you have to keep the power."
o PROF. RUDY ACUNA, MEChA advisor, Cal State Northridge, self-described Socialist:
"Chicanos have to get a lot more militant about defending our rights" and promoted violence by his 1993 national telecom to Hispanic students to "TAKE BACK YOUR HISTORY".
o MEChA STUDENT, 3/97 Rally, L.A. City Hall:
"When the people in this building don't listen to the demands of our community, it's time to burn it down!"
o MEChA STATEWIDE CONFERENCE, 11/96:
1000 students parents were addressed with focus on the fury about PROP 187 & PROP 209. Two Anglo members of the press were forcibly removed as they fear infiltration.
DOLORES HUERTA (United Farm Workers): "We need a Chicano Bill of Rights! President Clinton spoke with me face to face and he said he'll do away with the art of the new welfare reform bill that takes away welfare and food stamps from legal immigrants. You students can join us, and we'll train you to be organizers." JUMP TO TOP OF PAGE
RUDY ACUNA: "You are living in Nazi U.S. We can't let them take us to those intellectual ovens."
JUANA MORA Administrator, CSUN: "...now only WHITE students will have access to education."
MEChA NATIONAL CONFERENCE, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, 4/97: Featured huge drawing of EMILIANO ZAPATA holding rifle on knees as face page of their program "CH" was replaced by "X", i.e., Chicano now "XICANO", MEChA now "MEXA", etc. Their Program statements included:
"National revolution is the theme for this year's MEXA conference"
"Throughout Latin America, the university provides the embryo of resistance...the PLO found birth in the university...Cuban revolutionaries as well"
"We of the university are becoming a privileged few - we become part of the machinery that enslaves our nation. We must reject this and become a nation within a nation with a national plan of action as new soldiers in our struggle for national independence, and an emerging XICANO nation."
"This is revolution at its basic level, moving the people toward more confrontational politics."
"Only we can move our families and our communities toward becoming a united people again in building an XICANO nation. We are NOT American or Mexican...we are XICANO, and we must find own way to form a new visible, viable Indian nation within a nation."
"We should do everything we can to promote the Spanish language as a means of solidarity among XICANOS."
o MEChA LITERATURE, U.C. IRVINE: Referencing AZTLAN (U.S. Southwest) -
"This land is ours and always will be."