Building Bridges and Smuggling Books with Tony Diaz

July 03, 2014

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Daniel Alarcón speaks with writer and activist Tony Diaz, one of the leaders of a nation-wide movement in favor of Mexican-American and Ethnic Studies.

In May 2010, Arizona House Bill 2281 ended Ethnic Studies, and in the process banned some of the most beloved and important books in the Latino and Latin American canon. Luis Alberto Urrea, Sandra Cisneros, Rudolph Anaya, Dagoberto Gilb, were just a few of the authors whose work was banned. Writer and activist Tony Díaz was among those who who were outraged about this. In 2012, he, and his allies, organized a caravan to smuggle banned books back into Arizona. In this video Tony introduces the caravan, which has now become a nationwide movement to defend Ethnic Studies. Learn more at librotraficante.com

 

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