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Chicano Awareness Week

PSU M.E.Ch.A. VP/PCUN Organizer Marlena Gangi presents a weeklong event celebrating Chicano Awareness Week called "Art, Education, and Activism."
PSU M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan -- a national student organization that promotes education and defends the rights of Chicanos/Mexicans and Central and South Americans  http://www.azteca.net/aztec/mecha/index.shtml) VP/PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste -- Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United  http://www.pcun.org) Organizer Marlena Gangi presents a weeklong event celebrating Chicano Awareness Week called "Art, Education, and Activism." The schedule presents a wide variety of events that include lectures and slide presentations, film, poetry readings, book signings, and a performance by the Mexica Tiahui Dance Troupe. "This event is the first of it's kind at PSU and it manages to cover the entire history of the Chicano struggle and culture in just five days," said Marlena Gangi during an interview. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Schedule of Events

FRI 3/2 Latina Luncheon 12:00-2:00 pm Multicultural Center, Basement Smith Memorial Center

MON 3/5 Mexica Tiahui Dance troupe: Ceremonial Aztec Blessing 11:00 am Park Blocks/Multicultural Center

Ramon ramirez, President PCUN (Oregon Farmworker Union.) Mr.
Ramirez has been active in the Chicano community for over 30 years. He will show the PCUN documentary Aumento Ya! and provide an update on regional farmworker issues. He will also provide information about how you can bring justice to the fields as part of the March 9th NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION. 6:30-9:30 pm Vanport room, 3rd Floor, Smith Memorial Center

TUE 3/6 Maria Amporo Escandon, lecture and book signing. Ms. Escandon is author of the novel "Espanaza's Box of Saints." Room TBA 12:00-2:00pm.

Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez. Lecture and book signing. Ms.
Martinez has a long history of political involvment that spans participation in the Chicano Rights Movement, Black Power Movement and the American Indian Movement. Still active, she is author of 500 Years of Chicano History and De Colores Means All Of Us. She is currently working on 500 Years of Chicana History.

WED 3/7 Film TBA 6:30-9:30 Room 296 Smith Memorial Center.

TH 3/8 Jorge Melendez, Programa Hispano with Lami Subia, lecture on their work with Latino youth. A discussion of youth, art and culture will follow with poetry readings and art exhibit by students. 2:00-4:00pm. Cascade Room, 2nd Floor, Smith Memorial Center

Rigobeto Reyes, Amigos Car Club San Diego, Lecture "Artisitic and Political Expression of Chicano Car Clubs 1950's to Presnet." Another long time activist and organizer, Mr. Reyes will also share his experience with
Latino youth and cross border organizing. 2:00-4:00pm, Cascade Room

FRI 3/9 Cecelia Alvarez, Seattle artist, activist, educator. Ms. Alvarez will lecture and give a slide presentation on "Art As Cultural Affirmation." 11:00-1:00pm Room 239, Smith Memorial Center

Ernesto Bustillos, educator, activist, organizer. Panel
discussion with Alvarez and Reyes "Retaining Chicano History through Education, Activism and Outreach." Mr Bustillos has been involved in the Chicano Movement for nearly 30 years. He has been an activist and organizer with the Brown Berets, La Raza Unida Party, the National Chicano
Moratorium Committee and the Chicano Park Steering Committee. He is co-founder of Union del Barrio, one of the oldest most consistant, militant Raza liberation organizations. 2:00-4:00 pm. Multicultural Center.

Closing Reception, 6:30-10:00 pm Vanport room, 3rd Floor Smith Memorial Center


(Chicano Awareness Week is sponsored by Portland State University, M.E.Ch.A, Mujeres De La Raza, and Chicano/Latino Studies. Cosponsors include: PSU Multicultural Center and the PSU Speakers Board.)