The Summer Institute of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social is the highlight of the year for MALCS members. The yearly reunion of Chicana, Latina and Native American activists, scholars and artists from all across the country challenges our membership intellectually and creatively by sharing work and ideas; our presence at the Institutes have been the hallmark for creating and promoting our voices in the struggle for social justice.
Since the call for an economic boycott of Arizona has crystallized, the MALCS Executive Committee and members of the Arizona Site Committee for the 2010 Institute have discussed the various responses to the boycott. Many ideas have been raised (finding an alternative site outside Arizona, finding an alternative indigenous site in Arizona, utilizing technology, continuing with a re-structured Institute, etc.). Each of these ideas are our outcry of the passage of SB 1070 and other hateful legislation in the state of Arizona and nationally.
What is urgent is that MALCS support the people of Arizona who are holding the line at the state capitol, demonstrating, working on lawsuits, etc. We want to recognize that the struggle against the repressive legislation has been an on-going part of the MALCS members of Arizona.
As you know, the Executive Committee will work with utmost speed to respond to the membership, and therefore requires a quick response to the following poll.
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Asserting our presence and our voice as a form of protest, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social—an organization of Chicana/Latina scholars, professionals and activists from across the nation—will hold its 2010 Summer Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. We take this stance in opposition to the hate-filled law that targets our collective community. This law is a direct attack on our quality of life and the safety of our communities.
On April 23, 2010, Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, making Arizona the first state in the nation to consider undocumented immigrants as criminals. Under the guise of “reasonable suspicion” state workers have the authority to police individuals “suspected” of being undocumented, as well as to verify status. This all-encompassing law mandates that state government agencies and employees “police” any person that law enforcement officers “believe” to be here without documents. Additionally, it authorizes to arrest, “without warrant.” Moreover, SB 1070 opens up the floodgates for capricious lawsuits against police departments by those who believe legal authorities are neglecting to enforce the law.
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social protests the inhumane treatment of the un-documented. Additionally, we protest SB 1070 as a back door maneuver that erodes basic democratic principles that protect us from becoming a police state.
The 2010 institute…
Arizona State University, Phoenix Derechos Humanos: (Re)Claiming Our Dreams Across Contested Terrains July 21-24
The theme of the 2010 institute reflects our belief in the interrelationship between human rights and the urgent need to reclaim contested terrains and Indigenous homelands. In doing so, we recognize that dreams in our communities all too often go unrealized. The paucity of economic security compounded by limited access to education, health care, urban survival, and civil rights calls us to reflect, theorize, and organize to challenge the powers and inequalities prevailing in our communities and institutions. By contested terrains, we acknowledge the embattled contradictory borders and spaces of our everyday lives in geographical, spiritual, ideological, epistemological, political, and cultural arenas. We claim our rights to dreams, and to instill those dreams in our loved ones and to honor the dreams of those who preceded us. In order to fully learn from each other, we are creating a youth track that inspires and forges cross-generational ties. In the spirit of this institute we invite scholars, activists, cultural workers, artists, students, and community members to join us in envisioning the possibilities and actualizing social change.
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