Monday, November 19, 2007

Comment regarding: Assoc. of Raza Educators, Post-Conference Follow-up!!!

11-19-07 @10:03 PM ~ Gracias Hermano Ron ~ I pray that Raza Educators continue to grow as a powerful force in local, national and global forums that address and advocate a host of critical issues in these times of troubles, plagues and persecutions!
Much remains to be done. As always, the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Vanguard leadership is a critical factor at this point in our collective struggle. We have gone far yet so much more remains to e done, especially with ourselves and our ridding ourselves of the counter revolutionary character defects that we have inherited and been conditioned into from our general reactionary environment.
If we are to be free we will eventually have to stop thinking like the oppressor, stop thinking like asinine Amerikans and come to the firm conclusion that if we are to be free in conjunction with all peoples that we must first free ourselves from old repressed mentalities and old bad behavior patterns. Our patriotism is indigenous, without borders and opposed to all manifestations of narrow cultural nationalism!
An educator must 'lead forth' in the open battlefields of praxis or else is a mere parrot for the parasitic ruling class in our classrooms or a mere pawn in a three-tier chess game with a square checkers mind-set .
I really appreciated the website:
I am glad to see that the Spirit of Paulo Freire lives on! I was blessed to meet him at a small conference we had at Sac State decades ago one Saturday after Marianna Castorna invited me. There was a small dialogue and I got the impression that I was in the presence of a humble master. He had a grandfatherly way about him. I did a little research on him today.
It is clear and certain that a lot of the kinds of essential work he was doing back then in the field of basic literacy still needs to be done by us ~ by all of us concerned with raising a critical consciousness to higher levels of praxis. Action makes the frontlines!
We must really know our people and never distance ourselves from the collective genius of the people. Thus, the basic urgency of community literacy programs in conjunction with the building of a liberated free zone composed of a solid community-based infrastructure ~ learning community centers ~ right here now in the brain of the fascist beast!
Our youth will continue to be our own shock and awe troops in the times to go, especially their adept willingness at utilizing new forms of communications media technology, including Text Messages, Video Clips and utilizing the Power of the Internet with bold imagination!
A few years, the old vanguard of the Chicano Movement overestimted their organizing powers and underestimated the natural power of La Raza Cosmica during the Grand Marcha and failed to see that the basic community work had yet to be done and still remains to be done.
A lot of related complexities were not properly analyzed and estimated
into their calculations.

Nevertheless, some of us contine to plant seeds, grow our harvest and nurture new crops. We have a whole new generation of people who only have a vague idea of what a Chicano is or what the Chicano Movement was in the past. Where is La Raza Unida?
Hell, we are such a complex intricate people that we have not even reached a general understanding of what to refer to ourselves as as a unique people of Aztlan!
Yo soy Chicano yet I identify with all indigenus and Latino peoples. Plus, we need to reach our to our African-American brothers and sisters and all progressive peoples of all races, not corner ourselves into a racial bag and make it easier for our armed class oppressors to isolate us!
Venceremos Unidos!
Towards Total Liberation!
Peter S. Lopez ~aka Peta
Sacramento, Califas, Aztlan

Ron Gochez <> wrote:
Dear Conference Participants,
Please see below for access to a conference survey, as well as a video short on the conference. The Association of Raza Educators thanks all participants, speakers, presenters, and organizers who made this event a reality. We are planning a 2nd Annual Conference on Colonialism and Urban Education with the goal of furthering existing projects and creating a Teachers of Color Congress. Join us and help us organize this amazing conference!!! All progressive educators are welcomed!

In the Movement,

The Association of Raza Educators

Become a member of the Association of Raza Educators in Los Angeles:
General meetings are held the first and third Thursday of every month, from 4:00 - 5:30pm,
at Santee Education Complex. 1921 Maple Ave.
LA, CA 90011 (Third Floor)

For more information please contact us at: or (626) 617-0401.

Progressive Educators Institute:
Join us on a curriculum exchange and reading circle
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Reading Circles provide the space for educators to reflect on their pedagogy, and develop a critical consciousness of their roles as teachers.

Access the article online at .
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The Institute is FREE of charge.

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Access the Conference Survey:
Access the Conference Video Short:

The Association of Raza Educators
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