USA: Solidarity in favor of Latin American culture

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Society & You - Social Critic
Friday, 23 March 2012 11:03

The elimination of Mexico Studies curriculum Americans -and censorship of books, countless school district in Tucson, Arizona, has generated national support that has taken shape in protests , book sales, presentations and readings groups, among other actions. Similarly, censorship of books has generated a very fruitful dialogue in the city of New York and across America.

Examples of these acts of solidarity, here are some videos taken by the writer Erasmo Guerra during the panel organized by a group of students from John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY) last February 25, 2012 .

Among the guests was the writer Tony Diaz, founder of Librotraficante , the movement organized a caravan of Houston, Texas, to Arizona, to reaffirm the right to freedom of literary expression and political resistance.

He continues, Liana Lopez and Bryan Parras, co-founders (along with Tony Diaz) from Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Have Their Say : organization that for 13 years, creating scenarios to broadcast the works of Latin writers in Houston, Texas .

New York was invited Rich Villar , writer who runs the Foundation Accents : literary organization established in the Bronx, New York in 2003. In his presentation very relevant Villar drew parallels between the trajectory - not free of repression - of Puerto Rican writers in New York and the current status in Tucson, Arizona.

(After listening to Villar, if you want to know more about the history of Puerto Rican librarian Pura Belpre, can access the archives of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY.)

We close with the presentation of Sergio Troncoso , author born in El Paso, Texas, to Mexican parents, who resides in New York. Among the works published by Troncoso is The Last Tortilla & Other Stories, The Nature of Truth, From This Wicked Patch of Dust, and the book of essays, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. It also maintains the blog Chico Lingo: Writing, Reading, Money Talk .

As is well known caravan Librotraficante reached its last stop last March 17, 2012, we also know that its purpose will continue through future discussions, educational, social and political alliances and literary creations. And as part of his legacy, celebrate that four libraries "underground "have opened their doors.

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