We discuss issues regarding current events in present politics, plan community engaging events, promote cultural diversity and promote higher education. We welcome everyone to join us. We hope to see you there!
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. M.E.Ch.A was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society.
Each word in M.E.Ch.A symbolizes a great concept in terms of la causa (the cause). Movimiento means that the organization is dedicated to the movement to gain self-determination for our people. Estudiantil, identifies the organization as a student group for we are part of our community's future. At the heart of the name is the use of the identity: Chicanx. At first seen as a derogatory word, now taken for a badge of honor. In adopting their new identity, the students committed themselves to return to the barrios, colonias, or campos and together, struggle against the forces that oppress our people. Lastly, the affirmation that we are Indigenous people to this land by placing our movement in Aztlan, the homeland of all peoples from Anahuak. We are self aware that the term Aztlán is problematic in itself. The Aztlán ideology reinforces the idea that the Mexica originated in this territory and therefore it rightfully belongs to them. What this fails to address is that this land does not belong to the Mexica, but belongs to other tribes besides the Mexica.
On campuses across Aztlan, M.E.Ch.A and MEChistAs are often the only groups on campus raza and non-raza alike that seek to open the doors of higher education for our communities and strive for a society free of imperialism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. An inspirational statement in El Plan Santa Barbara that speaks to this notes:
"M.E.Ch.A must bring to the mind of every young Chicana and Chicano that the liberation of her/his people from prejudice and oppression is in her/his hands and this responsibility is greater than personal achievement and more meaningful than degrees, especially if they are earned at the expense of her/his identity and cultural integrity. M.E.Ch.A, then, is more than a name; it is a spirit of unity, of sisterhood and brotherhood, and a resolve to undertake a struggle for liberation in society where justice is but a word. M.E.Ch.A is a means to an end" (El Plan de Santa Barbara).
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What are the minimum requirements for a person to join your organization?
Requirements to become a M.E.Ch.A member.
Receive a M.E.Ch.A 101 Presentation.
Can only miss two consecutive meetings out of the month.
Tabling at least once a week. 1 hour shifts.
Volunteer at two M.E.Ch.A.sponsored events a semester.
Wednesdays (When school in session)
5:30 pm (Unless announced otherwise)
ARTS 227 (Unless announced otherwise)