Monday, October 01, 2007

Arlington Street Fair

September 29, 2007 at the Arlington Street Fair we had a name book and tarot card readings. It was fun and interesting to find out about people possible futures. It was our fundraiser...the money made will be used to buy Tortas for the upcoming GB meeting this Thurs. 10/4 @7pm in the ALANA center!

Thursday, September 27, 2007


WELCOME CLASS OF 2011!! New projects...more changes!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

International Day of the Worker


Tuesday May 1st
*Wear White in Solidarity*
3 pm – meet on Vassar College library lawn to MARCH to the Family Partnership Center (29 N. Hamilton St.)

4:30 pm – RALLY at the Family Partnership Center

Who are we?
In honor of International Workers' Day we, the May Day Working Group are celebrating the spirit behind the shared struggles of workers and immigrants for dignified living conditions and basic human rights. In addition to fostering a sense of solidarity, we hope to connect the diverse voices and concerns of the people of Poughkeepsie with the greater civil rights and immigration rights movements.

Contact for more information

Día Internacional del Trabajador

Martes 1 de Mayo
*Lleva blanco en solidaridad*
3pm – MARCHA de la biblioteca de Vassar College al Family Partnership Center (29 N. Hamilton St.)

4:30pm – RALLY en el Family Partnership Center

¿Quienes somos?
En honor al día Internacional del trabajador y en solidaridad a todos los migrantes y trabajadores del mundo; Nosotros, el grupo del primero de Mayo celebramos el espíritu de unión y hermandad y reconocemos la batalla por una vida digna y derechos básicos. Además de promover un sentimiento de solidaridad, deseamos conectar las diversas voces y preocupaciones de la gente de Poughkeepsie con la comunidad de grupos de derechos civiles y derechos del migrante. para más información

May Day!!

On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in honor of International Workers' Day and in solidarity with immigrants and laborers everywhere:

We, the May Day Working Group, and the people of Poughkeepsie will participate in this international day of action. We are celebrating the spirit of unity that first brought together the shared struggles of workers and immigrants here in the United States in 1886. By doing so, we also recognize that these struggles for dignified living conditions and basic human rights continue to this day. Finally, in addition to fostering a sense of solidarity, we hope to connect the diverse voices and concerns of the people of Poughkeepsie with the greater civil rights and immigration rights movements.

A series of peaceful and educational events have been planned in Poughkeepsie. Workshops are scheduled at Poughkeepsie High School between 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm. At 3:00 pm there will be a rally at Vassar College to call attention to May Day on campus. Another rally will take place at the field behind the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton Street at 4:30 pm. The rally will focus on a range of issues concerning labor. These contradictions and complexities from history must be addressed. We all can participate in recognizing our efforts at community building and labor, as well as approaching these issues on May 1st 2007.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Dulce Jueves

Join your favorite MEChistas every Thursday from 10am-3pm in the College Center for Dulce Jueves. We will be selling an assorment of yummy treats like Arroz con Leche, Tembleque, Chocolate Caliente, Pan dulce and more. We will also be selling movies about El Salvador and the bloody Civil War that left lasting scars on the people. Learn something and eat good food también! Please help us as we try to fundraise for our trip to Chicago as we stand in solidarity with our hermano/as in the struggle for Farmworker Justice.

Here are some pics of us in action:

CIW Action on April 13-14 2007

In April, MEChA de Vassar will be joining the Coalition Of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for a major mobilization for farmworker justice in Chicago. We will be joining a national effort to demand that farmworkers get paid decent wages for their hard work in the fields. McDonalds, our favorite little worldwide exploiter has (for two years) refused to hear the concerns of the farmworkers and their allies, so this mobilization will take place outside of their world headquarters in Oak Brook, IL on April 13th-14th 2007.

**Major rally outside McDonald's global headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, Friday, April 13, 2007.
***Carnaval and Parade for Fair Food, Real Rights, and Dignity - Saturday, April 14, 2007 in downtown Chicago.

If you would like to join us at the historic march shoot us an e-mail at and we'll discuss the arrangements.

For more info visit the CIW website at:

Representing MEChA de Vassar

On January 27, 2007 MEChA de Vassar joined the anti-war march sponsored by United for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C.

New Meeting Time for Spring Semester 2007

Meetings are every Thursday at 6pm @ the ALANA Center

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Monday November 20th!!

Oaxaca No Esta Sola!

Come out and stand in Solidarity with the EZLN and the people of Oaxaca. You say you do, so come out and show it!

< MONDAY NOV 20th >

8pm Teach in at Blegen House
8:30pm Candlelight March to Main Circle

Say NO to Government Repression. Say no to state violence.



On Oct. 29, Federal forces of the Mexican government attacked and killed three people in Oaxaca. This atrocity is but another occurrence of the ongoing state repression in the region.

The following day the E.Z.L.N. (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) issued a statement calling for a day of solidarity with the victims to let them know that they, Oaxaca, are not alone. On November 20, they ask that all highways and roads be closed, literally where possible & symbolically where not. Being the solitary voice of the Chicano and Chicana people on campus, we, el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan, have taken it upon ourselves to participate in the closure.

Our tentative actions for Monday (11/20) are as follows: 1) we will hold a brief teach-in at Blegen House that will explain the Oaxaca situation in detail 2) after sundown, we will march in candle light from Blegen House to Main circle.

To close off the road we will need many bodies and to generate consciousness we will need many voices. Join us in telling the Mexican government that its actions are reprehensible! Join us in demanding justice! Join us in letting the people of Oaxaca know that they are not alone!

On behalf of M.E.Ch.A. de Vassar,

Mikey Velarde, Secretary

A Call from the Zapatistas: Oaxaca Is Not Alone

General Strike Called for November 20!
By the Sixth Commission of the EZLN
The Other Mexico

October 30, 2006


October 30, 2006.

To the people of Mexico:
To the people of the world:
To the Other Campaign in Mexico and the other side of the Rio Grande:
To the entire Sixth International:

Compañeros and compañeras:
Brothers and sisters:

It is now known publicly that yesterday, 29th of October 2006, Vicente Fox's federal forces attacked the people of Oaxaca and its most legitimate representative, the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).

Today, the federal troops have assassinated at least 3 people, among them a minor, leaving dozens of wounded, including many women from Oaxaca. Dozens of detainees were illegally transported to military prisons. All this comes in addition to the existing total of deaths, detainees and missing persons since the beginning of the mobilization demanding that Ulises Ruiz step down as Oaxaca's governor.

The sole objective of the federal attack is to maintain Ulises Ruiz in power and to destroy the popular grassroots organization of the people of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca's people are resisting. Not one single honest person can remain quiet and unmoved while the entire society, of which the majority are indigenous, is murdered, beaten and jailed.

We, the Zapatistas, will not be silent; we will mobilize to support our brothers, sisters and comrades in Oaxaca.

The EZLN's Sixth Commission has already consulted the Zapatista leadership and the following has been decided:

First: During whole day of November 1, 2006, the major and minor roads that cross Zapatistas territories in the southwestern state of Chiapas will be closed.

Consequently, we ask that everyone avoid traveling by these roads in Chiapas on this day and that one make the necessary arrangements in order to do so.

Second: through the Sixth Commission, the EZLN has begun making contact and consulting other political and social organizations, groups, collectives and individuals in the Other Campaign, in order to coordinate joint solidarity actions across Mexico, leading to a nationwide shut-down on the 20th of November, 2006.

Third: the EZLN calls out to the Other Campaign in Mexico and north of the Rio Grande, so that these November 1st mobilizations happen wherever possible, completely, partially, at intervals or symbolically
shutting down the major artery roads, streets, toll booths, stations, airports and commercial media.

Fourth: The central message that the Zapatistas send and will continue sending is that the people of Oaxaca are not alone: They are not alone!

Ulises Ruiz out of Oaxaca!

Immediate withdrawal of the occupying federal forces from Oaxaca!

Immediate and unconditional freedom for all detainees!

Cancel all arrest warrants!

Punish the murderers!


From the North of Mexico.
For the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
For the EZLN Sixth Commission.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
Mexico, October, 2006.

Translation: Radio Pacheco


The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), embroiled in a conflict with the Attorney General's Office (PGR), will present a report before the U.N. human rights officials saying that torture in Mexico has increased 300 percent during the current administration. Additionally, the report by the autonomous government-funded body points to the PGR as the judicial entity that most uses torture in Mexico.

Following a U.N. report in May of 2003 lambasting the widespread use of torture to extract confessions from suspects, PGR officials defended their office's practices, insisting torture was a punishable offense, and that the CNDH itself had the power to make sure that any police agent attempting to torture would not go unpunished. But the CNDH, calling torture "the most extreme humiliation a person can receive," says that torture has been practiced three times as much during the Fox administration as during the previous administration of Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000). In a broader view, the CNDH reports that it had received 2,166 complaints of torture between 1990 and 2004, most of them coming during arrests or while the suspect was being held by authorities before trial.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Mexican Government Crushes Oaxaca

[ Xicano activists on the streets of Los Angeles, extending their solidarity to the people of Oaxaca - Saturday Oct. 28th.]

Vicente Fox has ordered up to 4,000 or more heavily armed Mexican Federal Preventative Police (PFP) into Oaxaca. Dressed in riot gear and carrying heavy automatic weapons, the police are using armored cars with water canons, bulldozers, and brut force to push their way to the city center, where protestors vow to put up a massive resistance. With helicopters roaring overhead, PFP units wearing masks to hide their identities, are invading private residences and arresting protest leaders.

Oaxacans are calling on people around the world to protest the government violence in front of Mexican Embassies and Consulates at 6:00 pm on Monday, October 30th. Mexico’s Zapatistas have also issued a call for unity with the people of Oaxaca. Zapatista Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos called "to compañeros and compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice for this dead compañero." Masked thugs working for the Mexican government murdered American William Bradley Roland and three Mexican nationals in an armed attack against the Oaxacan people’s movement - now the government of Vicente Fox is using that violence as an excuse to unleash even more violence against the people.

[Federal Preventative Police prepare to attack the people of Oaxaca with armored bulldozers- Sunday Oct. 29th.]

The family of Brad Will has released the following statement: "We are grieving over the tragic and senseless loss of Brad's life. Brad's friends and family admired his brave support for the downtrodden and willingness to act tirelessly upon his convictions. We believe he died doing what he loved. We will all miss Brad's compassionate, loving and adventurous spirit, and it is our hope that his life's work reporting on the human struggle will never be forgotten."

In Los Angeles a Press Conference denouncing the murders of Will and his fellow activists will be held on Monday, October 30, 2006, 12:00 pm, in front of the Mexican Consulate (Park View & 6th Street, Los Angeles). A demonstration will also be held at the Consulate on, Thursday, November 2 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 pm. Stay up to date - don't believe lies told by the corporate media.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Sovereign Chicano Nation Recognized: Esteban Zul named Ambassador of Aztlan to Cuba

*Public roundtable at 4PM on October 27 on 90.7 FM, KPFK*

Friday, October 13, 2006—The Cuban Ambassador to Mexico, Jorge A. Bolaños Suárez, announced that the government of Cuba officially recognized Aztlan as a sovereign Chicano nation. The announcement was made at the Cuban Ambassador's residence in Mexico City where the dignitary was hosting a visiting entourage of invited Chicano artists, musicians, and writers from Los Angeles.

The Cuban Ambassador declared Esteban Zul, a member of the California rap group Aztlan Nation and co-host of the popular Los Angeles talk radio show, "The Pocho Hour of Power" on KPFK 90.7 FM, as the official Ambassador of Aztlan to Cuba.

Also present at the announcement were officials from the Mexican government, including the Chief of Government of Mexico D.F., Alejandro Encinas and the Secretary of Culture of Mexico D.F. Raquel Sosa who also acknowledged Esteban Zul as official Ambassador of Aztlan.

As a newly recognized sovereignty, the Chicano emissaries quickly selected a cabinet of ministers and convened later that evening to discuss their national agenda and other important matters of state.

A public forum to address state issues is to take place on live radio on October 27th from 4 to 5pm on 90.7 FM KPFK. Panelists will include artist Harry Gamboa Jr., Professor Mariana Botey, L.A. Weekly writer Daniel Hernandez, syndicated La Cucaracha cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and satirist / actor Paul Vato.

This public roundtable is intended to provide public access and input to the direction and agendas involved in the foundation of a new republic. In light of the historic recognition of the national sovereignty of Aztlan by Another nation, the new representatives of Aztlan believe that open participation is the best way to form a more perfect union.

*Aztlan new government roundtable
4PM-5PM (PST) on 90.7 FM KPFK Los Angeles CA
Also webcast live on the internet at:

Contact: Gabriel Tenorio (323) 273-0588