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Tucson prepares for MEChA conference

By staff

Tucson, AZ – The National 2016 MEChA conference is being held in the heart of the city of Tucson, Arizona on March 18-20. MEChA stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, the Chicano student movement founded in 1969. Thousands are expected to meet for discussions and workshops on a variety of cultural, political and national struggles that affect the Chicano nation and other oppressed nationalities.

The conference, hosted by the MEChA chapter at the University of Arizona, begins March18 in the Cesar Chavez building. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. and the first workshop at 9:30 a.m.

Veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes and immigrants rights activist Marisol Marquez will present on the “Chicanx Struggle for Self-Determination” at 10:30 and then again at 11:30 in Room #304.

After a Cesar Chavez march and rally in the morning, the two-day conference continues the afternoon of March 19, at Pueblo High School, including a workshop titled “Legalization for All: Immigrant Rights Struggle for Equality” at 2:10 p.m. Legalization for All Network is comprised of immigrant rights groups around the country.

Attending the conference are local immigrant rights and community groups Lucha Unida por Padres y Estudiantes (LUPE), Centro CSO from Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), and Milwaukee’s Youth Empowered in Struggle (YES), and Raíces from Tampa.

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