Thursday, April 06, 2006

Walkout debrief II

The newest Herald story is up. It includes this cute photo.

I also woke up early enough to catch the early morning newscast from KVOS and they did cover it...with a short little snippet from our counter-stand in the square.

Still lacking more photos...hunting them down. Interesting note from the Herald story--apparently Tom Williams from the local Minutemen chapter was on hand downtown. Good to know there was someone on the other end of the march.

Background notes:

Don't know how much you've heard about MEChA, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (Chicano student movement of Aztlán), the organization behind the walkout. It's a separatist group with the avowed intent to create:

A nation autonomous and free - culturally, socially, economically, and politically- will make its own decisions on the usage of our lands, the taxation of our goods, the utilization of our bodies for war, the determination of justice (reward and punishment) (emphasis mine), and the profit of our sweat.
-“Plan Espiritual de Aztlan” (spiritual plan of Aztlán)
BUT, according to Western professor Larry Estrada, who was recently featured in David Horowitz new book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America:

“MEChA has never stood for secession from the United States,” [Estrada] said. “It stands for involvement and inclusion.” (The Bellingham Herald - April 4)
Estrada also denies Horowitz' charge that he is a founder of MEChA, even though he admits he was present when they formed in 1969.
<< Home 5 Comments:
Anonymous A.N.W. said...

Yeah Meneltarma! You have my vote.
If non Americans want to work here aply for a green card.

10:45 AM, April 07, 2006  
Blogger Gloria said...

My Dad can go on and on about this. Personally I do have my point of view, but I'm not going to get into a big debate over it.

10:41 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Ruth said...

"A big debate" -short of burrying your head in the sand, how can you avoid it? We've discussed the issue a few times at school... I can't help but find sympathy for those who risk their lives to reach freedom. Not so much the Mexicans, but Cubans who are fleeing the repression of Castro.

6:59 PM, April 08, 2006  
Blogger Mark R said...

The main difference, of course, in the Cubans' case is that they can legally stay if they can make it--only being considered illegal by the prison/country they are fleeing.

11:37 PM, April 08, 2006  
Anonymous Ruth said...

"Wet foot, dry foot" I think they call that... but I thought it applied to Mexicans as well. I think I'll go bury my head in the sand :P

9:46 PM, April 09, 2006  

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