How did Oregon get so lucky? Our very own Unviversity of Oregon is hosting this years National MEChA conference this weekend. What is MEChA you ask? According to the U of O page:
Chicano is our identity; it defines who we are as people. It rejects the notion that we are an insignificant minority group that should assimilate into the Anglo-American melting pot of materialism, greed, and intolerance upon us. It is a symbol of Resistance as well as a symbol of Unity amongst Mexicanos, Salvadorenos, Chilenos, Puerto Ricennos, Cubanos, and all other Raza.
It became synonymous with the vast territories of the Southwest, brutally stolen from a Mexican people marginalized and betrayed by the hostile custodians of the Manifest Destiny.
But will the conference at our state University be all about racism and taking back the American southwest? Hardly. Imagine these exciting speakers:
Paulina Hernandez is a queer femme cha-cha girl, artist, political organizer & trouble-maker-at-large from Veracrúz, Mexico.
Anita Tijerina Revilla is an assistant professor in Women’s Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Butchlalis de Panochtitlan is a trio that has emerged from community based activist spaces to create visibility . They explore identity and its consequence while mapping the city we live in on the brown female masculine bodies they walk in...
But I'm sure that this conference will involve reputable people who are intent on following the law right? According to the official Principles of Unity for the conference:
We realize that the use of alcohol and drugs outside of conference activities is the responsibility of each individual and their pertaining chapter. However Aztlan del Noroeste asks that you maintain respect for our community and others.
So make sure that you are "respectful" if your particular chapter enjoys recreational narcotics.
I'm glad that everyone has the freedom to assemble in this country. I don't care if these people want to get together and hate American materialism. I just wish that there would be some public scorn directed towards this racist and revolutionary group.
Instead the university and local media will give them a pass.