HUEHUETLAHTOKAN & IN XOCHITL IN CUICATL
ELDERS GATHERING & FLORICANTO
DEC 3-6 UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA & El RIO NBHD CENTER TUCSON AZ
The Dec 3-6 events at the University of Arizona & El Rio Neighborhood Center will be historic. It will bring together elders from throughout the country, along with elders from AROMAS & Los Universitarios. This gathering will permit my students in my Movimiento Ollin Movement class (MAS 350) to present their research on Tucson’s/Arizona’s Movimiento/Movement. They will present their work, both to elders and to the public. Other students from the U of A and Raza Studies-Tucson Unified School District students will also present. The idea behind this is rooted in the idea of elder epistemology – that the knowledge of our communities comes from elders and that students must return that knowledge back to the elders and our communities.
Students will present on Dec 4 & 5, symposium-style, in front of AROMAS or the abuelitos & abuelitas associated with the
Chicano/Hispano Centro on campus & Los Universitarios – a group active on campus since the 1950s. Some will also present their research in poetry, hip-hop, song and theater. Capping the event will be a 7:30 pm rally on Sat. Dec 5 in support of Raza Studies – from kindergarten through the proposed PhD at the U of A. Raza Studies remains under attack nationwide, particularly in Arizona. Part of this rally will include a concert by Aztlan Underground which has just released their first CD in 8 years. Suggested donations are $10 students and $15 gen adm. It will be $15 students at the door and $20 gen. adm. at the door. See enclosed flyer for details.
All the transportation & housing has been covered for the invited out of town elders. Quite a bit still needs to be raised to cover honorariums, food, etc. Due to the economy, here is a creative way to raise the needed funds. Please consider making a donation (from you or your organization). Any amount is welcome. If you donate $50, Dr. Patrisia Gonzales will make her book: The Mud People, available for this donation. If you send $100, you will get The Mud People and a historic book I wrote in 1984: Assault With a Deadly Weapon. It has recently been reprinted. Whatever you can donate will help us put on this historic event.
To contribute, make CHECK payable to: The UA Foundation, and mail it to: Department of Mexican American & Raza Studies: Attn: Veronica Peralta. Cesar Chavez Bldg., Room 208, PO BOX 210023 / Tucson, AZ 85721-0023. CREDIT CARD: Please send an email to Veronica Peralta at: firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions. Pleas indicate if you want the books.
All contributions are tax-deductible. For more info, write me at: 520-626-0824 or email@example.com
* If you would like tickets for the Dec 5 Raza Studies Rally-Aztlan Underground Concert, please contact MEChA directly at: Jessica: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tiffany at: email@example.com. Proceeds from the concert will go toward building the Dolores Huerta-Cesar Chavez Arch, slated to be constructed in front of the UA-Cesar Chavez building. My earlier books, The X in La Raza & Codex Tamuanchan have been recently reprinted and have been donated to UA-MEChA in their efforts to build the arch. Contact Jessica & Tiffany above for further info.
Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
Mexican American & Raza Studies-UA
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PO BOX 85476
Tucson, AZ 85754
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