Aztlán Reads

Aztlán Reads is a dedicated group of professionals, academics, activists, students and more that believe in promoting literacy and awareness for Xicana/o fiction and non-fiction literary work as well as activist issues. You can learn more about Aztlán Reads at our site:


"On the eve of the 45th Anniversary of the founding of Chicana/o Studies… My major is illegal in Arizona while others are writing legislation to ban it. Meanwhile, California doesn’t need laws to ban it since it uses the "budget cutbacks" defense to not implement it… But just remember this: Chicana/o Studies survives because it was created by the people, for the people. Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!!! Know your history!!! "


From the Archives: National Raza Huelga Day 1999


In Exile: Brief Notes on Chicana/o Cinema


Hispanic Branding & Los Chipsters


Love the Kids Hate Gangs: Changing Culture by Rodolfo F. Acuña


Ruminating There, but for the grace of God, Go I by Rodolfo F. Acuña


Chicana/o Identity: An Unresolved Question (The answer is not found in translation) by Rodolfo F. Acuña

"You do not become indigenous by wishing it. This clouds the discussion that is carried to the extreme by opinion rather than fact. One does not become indigenous by taking or smoking herbs"


Hispanic Branding & Los Chipsters by David Cid

"Recently, a “talk” took place on Twitter about Los Chipsters and its significance to the Chicana/o community and the Movement. This talk evolved out of a Telemundo segment exploring Los Chipsters in Boyle Heights.

Chipster is a term that has been out in the community for awhile. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a badge of honor, but if you think about it, it sure makes for a perfect Madison Avenue marketing campaign.

If you been reading some of my previous posts, you’ll realize that nearly every piece in Notes From Aztlán is written within the prism of history. To make sense of the present and get a glimpse of the future, it is important to have an understanding of the past.

I believe that every moment in life is connected to the (in)actions of what occurred in the past. Nothing happens in isolation.

In particular, Chicanas/os are usually one giant step away from achieving political and economic parity, but as always falling short when the rug suddenly gets pulled out from under its feet by some tragic political event or an act of God.”


The Rise of the Hispanic Factorship & the Co-optation of the Chicano Movement by David Cid - Notes From Aztlan

"The NCLR is in the midst of its annual conference in New Orleans. The anti-union and low-wage exploiter Walmart is one of many sponsors of the conference. Meanwhile Miller-Coors is slated to sponsor the “President’s Reception.”

In addition, one of its “featured” speakers is Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU). The ACU was founded by William F. Buckley in 1964, and is one of the nation’s oldest lobbying groups on the far Right.

It should be evident by now that the NCLR and other Hispanic factorships sleep with the enemy. The Hispanic factorship opposes true genuine self-determination.

Like Sisyphus, the Chicana/o community pushes the rock up the hill, doing all the necessary work to open doors that were once closed, while making change possible in an unjust system.

However, the Hispanic factorship interferes and allows the rock to roll down needlessly and the process starts all over. The Hispanic factorship purposely piggybacks off the struggle of the Chicano Movement while doing absolutely nothing other than to parade a fantasy of “progress” and “community” under the umbrella of the pseudo Pan-Hispanic narrative.

Its time to fight back. Ya Basta! This commentary is just one fight. Hasta La Victoria Siempre.”