From member and Chicana Yaqui Author Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez:
(Cross-posting from change the word)
The Launching: Chumash book is history and medicine. When the stories awaken, stories that heal
By Brenda Norrell, Censored News
Launching the book, Earth Wisdom: A California Chumash Woman, Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez spoke with the magic of a storyteller, as she shared the stories of Pilulaw Khus, elder of the Northern Chumash Bear Clan, and co-author of the book.
Weaving beauty and truth, Broyles-Gonzalez spoke sharp words for the anthropologists who have attempted to divide and conquer the Chumash. She said the book opens the chasm of the violence and slavery that is part of California’s unspoken history, and it offers the solace of the balm of healing.Broyles-Gonzalez, Chicana/Yaqui author and professor of Mexican American Studies and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona, launched the book tonight in partnership with the Native American magazine Red Ink.
“I want to thank Red Ink for their big hearts,” she said.Broyles-Gonzalez began by recognizing the original spirit of the land and the original people of this land, the Tohono O’odham. She also honored the Yaqui elders and people who live here. Then she spoke on the spirit of the land and the struggle to protect the sacred lands of the Chumash people in central California. Although the region around Santa Barbara is known as a resort area to many, it is the sacred place of the Chumash. Just north of Santa Barbara is where the Chumash spirit begins its journey home.
“This is an extremely happy day,” Broyles-Gonzalez said, adding that she had spoken with Khus on the phone three times today. “She is here in spirit,” she said of Khus, who sent her greeting, “This is a very happy day for both of us.”There were also clear words for anthropologists. “We take issue with anthropologists,” Broyles-Gonzalez said. She said in Chumash territory, power hungry anthropologists have attempted to divide and conquer the people, the way anthropologists have done in so many places. “Who gives them the right to decide who is Chumash.”
At the popular Antigone Books on busy Fourth Avenue on Friday, Feb. 3, it was more than a book signing. Broyles-Gonzalez said it was a launching and the first time she has spoken on the book. Broyles-Gonzalez, who went to high school here, spoke of what is happening to Arizona.
“Arizona seems to be going backward all the time,” Broyles-Gonzalez said, pointing out that Mexican American Studies was recently prohibited at Tucson public schools. She said the book’s launch brings sanity at this time and is to elevate environmental consciousness. It also means that Chumash will now occupy print culture. Further, Broyles-Gonzalez said the book’s launch affirms the role of women in Native societies and affirms tribal sovereignty. She said the book was written for the purpose of recovery from genocide and recovery from historical trauma….
From the Las Vegas Sun
UNLV professor researching book on 2006 immigrant rights movement
Student walkouts, march on the Strip seen as turning points in local activism
By Tovin Lapan
Students who were the driving force behind a 2006 march that drew thousands to the Las Vegas Strip in support of immigrant rights are the focus of a new book being written by the director of UNLV’s women’s studies program.
UNLV professor Anita Tijerina Revilla was a co-editor of the book “Marching Students: Chicana Activism in Education, 1968 to the Present” that chronicled the 1968 student walkouts in Los Angeles and how they affected participants and future activism. She authored the book’s chapter on the Las Vegas Activist Crew, a group of students behind the May Day 2006 march that flooded the Strip with tens of thousands of people.
Revilla is now writing a book on the Activist Crew, and she said just as the 1968 student walkouts in Los Angeles had profoundly affected participants and the community, so did Las Vegas’ 2006 march and a series of preceding student walkouts.
The book will be titled “What Happens in Vegas Does Not Stay in Vegas: Social Justice Activism in Las Vegas.” Revilla will be working on it, as well as another book on activism in Los Angeles, during an upcoming sabbatical.
El Mundo Zurdo: An International Conference
on the Life and Work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa
May 16-19, 2011
University of Texas, San Antonio
For more information contact:
Prof. Norma E. Cantú, Department of English, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249; (210)458-5134 (office)
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social calls for participation in the Writing Workshop at the 2012 MALCS Summer Institute at University of California, Santa Barbara, July 18-21, 2012.
DEADLINE: Postmark June 13, 2012
WHAT: Feminist collaboration for publication!
The Writing Workshop is one of the Journal’s formal methods of creating a feminist editorial process. Following the spirit and mission of MALCS, the journal’s editors offer the workshop in order to energize through collaboration, programmatically link scholarship and leadership, and institutionalize mentorship. Participants bring their work-in-progress and depart with clearrecommendations for meeting internal criteria of Chicana/Latina Studies, specific direction about revision, andfirst-hand knowledge about our feminist editorial production process.
To create an intellectual community, prior to the workshop, participants read and commented on the material of the other writers. Attending both two-hour sessions (the first on Weds. July 18, and the second on Friday July 20) is required.
One Writing Workshop will be offered this summer: [Read more…] about CFP: MALCS Writing Workshop – How to Write The Academic Article
The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin announces its first annual competition for three (3) short-term research fellowships at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection in the fields of Mexican American and Borderlands Studies.
Short-term fellowships are restricted to post-doctoral scholars, Ph.D. candidates or holders of other terminal degrees from outside the Austin area who have a specific need to use the Mexican American and Borderlands collections at the Benson Library. Further, projects must demonstrate innovation and substantial contributions to shaping the fields of Mexican American Studies and/or Borderlands Studies. Fellowships are for 2 weeks with a maximum award amount of $750. Fellowships are for travel and housing.
[Read more…] about CFP: CMAS-Benson Short Term Research Fellowships
The New York State Youth Leadership Council is the first undocumented youth based and youth based organization that empowers immigrant youth to stop being afraid of their undocumented immigration status and challenge the broken immigration system through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and a safe space for self-expression.
We are proud to announce that 2012 will be the fifth year the NYSYLC Awards Program will provide monetary support to youth, regardless of their immigration status, who aspire to continue their higher education, being active in the immigrant rights movement and wish to continue their commitment in the coming years.