UT Students Sit-In Against Shared Services

I just received the following information about UT Austin students who are currently staging a sit-in at President Powers’ s office in thr UT Tower.


Minutes ago, 18 students began occupying President Powers’ office, demanding that Powers withdraw his support for the Accenture-driven ‘shared services’ plan that will lay off 500 UT employees. The group includes members from USAS, the University Democrats, the University Leadership Initiative, and Queer People of Color and Allies.   For the past year and a half,
students, faculty, and staff have campaigned against shared services and asked to meet with President Powers to discuss this plan, but the coalition has been denied a meeting.  Despite widespread opposition to this plan, the administration has begun implementing shared services and laying off critical members of the UT community.  The students plan to stay in the office until Powers agrees to meet with them and withdraw his support for the plan.  Join us for a rally in support of the students sitting-in and the staff
who make this campus run!

Political Prisoner Ramsey Muniz Releases a Statement About the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela‘s Obituary at Al Jazeera

A Message From Chicano Political Prisoner Ramsey Muniz:

Rest In Power Nelson Mandela

Rest In Power Nelson Mandela

I am greatly saddened about the passing of Nelson Mandela, but at the same time I see him embracing my beloved brother, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for freedom, justice, and love for the world. Even as I share these words of spiritual wisdom, I cannot stop tears of sadness and sorrow because at the moment that I heard of his passing, I was reading his recent book, making comments about his thoughts which made an impact on my heart. He spoke with the same voice, knowing the true meaning of oppression, discrimination, racial bias, loneliness, chains, shackles, and a long imprisonment. Those who continue to feel the cold iron and steel doors that shut their hearts and minds can understand.  I will be with my brother, Nelson Mandela, as I will pray for his journey to heaven, and I ask that after his resting and taking his spiritual position that he come into my heart and soul and give me the courage, pride, love, heart, and soul to become a free man once again and to bring freedom to the masses of humanity.

To Nelson Mandela I say, “I will always love you for coming into my life when I was in solitary confinement.  My wife, Irma Muniz, sent me your most famous book — Long Walk to Freedom. I read the book twice, and I shall always love you for being the man, father, and spiritual human being that you shall forever be.”

I have fasted, drinking only water for the last four days. I shall continue to fast in dedication to the spiritual life of my beloved freedom brother, Nelson Mandela.

Freedom. Freedom. God, give us our freedom.


Ramsey R. Muniz

Confined 21 years in the prisons of the United States of America






UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Announces New Acquisitions

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center picked up a great collection of material recently. The Ernesto Chavez Collection and the La Raza Newspaper & Magazine Records are important for scholars of the movimiento. This is great news for archives junkies, as one of my profe’s likes to say.

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Newsletter
September 2013  Volume 12, Number 1
UCLA – CSRC Library

The CSRC is proud to announce the addition of two archival collections to its holdings: the Ernesto Chávez Collection of Chicano Movement FBI Records, and the La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records. The former is a collection donated by Ernesto Chávez, associate professor of Chicana/o studies at the University of Texas, El Paso. Chávez collected FBI investigative files through the Freedom of Information Act while researching the Chicano Movement for ¡Mi Raza Primero! (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966–1978 (University of California Press, 2002). These records include materials on the Brown Berets, the Chicano Moratorium, CASA, and La Raza Unida Party.

The records associated with La Raza include close to 20,000 negatives of photographs that were shot between 1967 and 1977, as well as ephemeral items. This valuable resource documents the experiences of the Chicano community and the Chicano civil rights movement, with a particular emphasis on Los Angeles. We would like to thank the La Raza photographic staff for coordinating this acquisition. The CSRC will be working closely with our donors to preserve the images through digitization and making them widely available on the UCLA Digital Library. To learn more about these collections please email your queries to CSRC librarian Lizette Guerra at lguerra@chicano.ucla.edu.

TDP Sent Me a Thank You

A good friend, and current/future Texas leader, Huey Rey Fischer delivered a pretty cool message from the Texas Democratic Party recently. I didn’t even know I was on the TDP’s radar. I guess that means I did something right.

Texas Democratic Party - SDEC

Texas Democratic Party – SDEC