The Librotraficante Caravan

First things first.

Before I take you on this wild journey across the Southwestern United States, let me tell you why you’re here:

My name is Zelene and I am part of the Librotraficante Caravan.

I am a poet, painter, immigrant rights activist, organizer, and now: Librotraficante Rebelene

What is a Librotraficante? It is someone who smuggles “wet books” into Arizona. “Wet books” are books that have been banned from Tucson Unified School District.

To be more precise, the Librotraficante Caravan is a movement to create underground libraries throughout the Southwest in reaction to the  eradication of the Mexican American Studies and confiscation of 50 titles of books, mainly written by Latinos, from Tucson Unified District classrooms. The mandate took effect on January  10th of this year.

Here is the Schedule for Texas:

Houston, TX: Monday, March 12, 2012,

10 am Press Conference: Casa Ramirez Folk Art Gallery 241 W. 19th St., Houston, TX 77008 

4 p.m. San Antonio, TX Press Conference at The Alamo.
7 PM Inauguration of Under Ground Library Southwest Workers Union, 1414 E. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205

Tuesday, March 13:

10 am – Noon: Latino Cultural Caucus: SA School Board Review    Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212      

1 pm – 4 PM: Teach In for 100 Teachers Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201

7 PM: Librotraficante Banned Book Bash: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center 1300 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, Tx 787207

The people involved in this project range from age to profession. Some are writers, poets, activists, students, or all of the above. We are all working together using our talents and resources to take a stand against psychological warfare and making sure that our generation as well as the ones to come, enjoy Latin@ literature and history.

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