Sep 192007
 
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“In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal “GRINGO” invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan (Southwest U.S.) from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny. (Mexicans want to reconquer a large part of the Southwest United States that was taken from them in the Mexican/American War of 1848.)

“Aztlan belongs to thoses who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the FOREIGN EUROPEANS. We do not recognize capricious frontiers (Mexico’s border with America) on the bronze continent.

“With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the INDEPENDENCE of our MESTIZO NATION…Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlan.” (El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan) [1]

MEChA, the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, was born as a result of a conference in March of 1969 by a large group of “Chicana/o students from across Aztlan…in Denver, Colorado.” Aztlan, of course is the home of the Chicanos’ ancestors, the rightful owners of the land.

The students who attended that National Chicano Youth Liberation Conference drafted El Plan de Aztlan (the Plan of Aztlan). The following month, at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Chicano manifesto, the Plan of Santa Barbara, was completed. It became the framework for MEChA.

The students called for a new identity. It would “…be based on symbols of traditional indigenous culture and a total rejection…of the culture of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant…Chicano Studies programs were implemented to teach Chicanas and Chicanos their history, and culture, and bilingual education was sought to assure the continuity of the Spanish language.” [2]

Their motto: Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada. For the race everything. Outside the race nothing.

As a result of our government’s failure to enforce our border with Mexico over the past 40 years or to insure assimilation of legal immigrants, the movement has seen tremendous growth across America. There are now MEChA chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges from the west coast to the east coast, including Stanford and Yale, all approved by the educational institutions. The National MEChA has divided the United States into 9 regions in order to coordinate their plan of action. [3]

Some organizational goals for the mechistas from the Plan of Aztlan include:

Unity in the thinking of our people concerning the barrios, the pueblo, the campo, the land, the poor, the middle class, the professional-all committed to the liberation of LA Raza (from the White European exploiter).

Economy: economic control of our lives and our communities can only come about by driving the exploiter out of our communities, our pueblos, and our lands…(a little ethnic cleansing of gringos).

Political Liberation can only come through indepen-dent action on our part, since the two-party system is the same animal with two heads that feed from the same trough. Where we are a majority, we will control, where we are a minority, we will represent a pressure group; nationally, we will represent one party: La Familia de La Raza!

ACTION (Examples)

Community nationalization and organization of all Chicanos: El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan. (Remember those marches in 2006?)

Creation of an independent local, regional, and national political party. 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), and the profit of our sweat. El Plan de Aztlan is the plan of liberation! [4]

Aztlan consists of California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and portions of Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. Mexicans are taught that this part of America belongs to them and maps show it as part of Mexico in school books, both in Mexico and in some  California schools. As a result, “…58 percent of Mexicans in Mexico believe that the American Southwest belongs to them and 57 percent believe that they do not require U.S. permission to enter this country.” (Zogby International Poll, June 12, 2002)

This attitude provides a fertile ground for MEChA and other Chicano activist groups to push their agenda for reclaiming lost territory. MEChA “graduates” become leaders of the Chicano community, sometimes through elected office.

Cruz Bustamante, Lt. Governor of California, and Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, are former members of MEChA. When Villaraigosa was elected to office, he made a trip to Mexico and conferred with the President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, to discuss topics of mutual interest.

Fox was a major participant in the Reconquista, the reclaiming of the Southwest U.S. by demographic dominance (massive illegal immigration). “His efforts toward making the dream a reality included dual citizenship for Mexican-Americans, guidelines to illegals heading for America, support for a new temporary worker program, drivers’ licencies for illegals and the legalization of millions of undocumented Mexican workers in the U.S.” [5]

He also initiated the idea of a merger of Mexico, Canada and the United States into a union, with open borders. Fox said, “The new framework we wish to construct is inspired in the example of the European Union.” (Madrid, 2002)

“That would be a definite gain for Mexico and the soon-to-be predominately Mexican Southwestern United States…Spanish would be the primary language and support for Mexico (remember dual citizenship) would make that area a de facto part of Mexico, or, at least a region, uncooperative with the U.S. national government.” [6]

The MEChA National Constitution Preamble is clear about their objectives:

“Chicano and Chicana students of Aztlan must take upon themselves the responsibilities to promote Chicanismo within the community, politicizing our Raza with an emphasis on indigenous consciousness to continue the struggle for the self-determination of the Chicano people for the purpose of liberating Aztlan.    (University of Michigan chapter) [7]

MEChA is a national organization, firmly embedded in our education system at all levels, indoctrinating those who would work toward the breakup of our nation. With the Bush administration, Congress and corporate America unintentionally  aiding this subversive movement for their own reasons, the chances for that happening are excellent.

[1] http://www.utpa.edu/orgs/mecha/aztlan.html

[2] MEChA at UCLA

[3] http://www.utpa.edu/orgs/mecha/MECHAlnk.HTM  partial list of schools with MEChA chapters

[4] ibid, #1

[5] http://www.raykania.com Reconquista: The Invasion of America, March 8, 2006

[6] ibid, #5

[7] http://www.umich.edu/~mechaum/Natconst.html