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Book signing and discussion celebrates workers
Book signing and discussion celebrates workers
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Viva La Raza
Book signing and party
New Freeway Hall
May 3


After all of the marching (which brought out more than 2,000 people) for immigrant rights and against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan earlier in the week, it was a good feeling to sit down to a delicious chicken mole dinner at New Freeway Hall last weekend. And even though I was too late to partake in the dinner, the discussion by co-author Megan Cornish on issues raised in her and Yolanda Alaniz' book, Viva La Raza was equally as toothsome.

The discussion brought out facts about the early days of the Latino and Latina resistance both in the Northwest and all over the country, and shed light on little-known facts about activist Che Guavara and his assistance to anti-illegal immigrant organizers in the early days of the movement. This information surprised many, including myself, who'd always seen Guevara as a Chicano hero. Cornish also made the correlation between how capitalism thrives on racism to keep going, and how organizers/activists, then and now, have sought to change this system, so there are more rights and benefits for Chicanos/Chicanas, both legal and illegal.

After the presentation, there were many questions and a lively discussion about experiences by some of the Chicano/Chicana leadership present at the book signing, and what direction they felt the movement needs to head to assure more immigrant rights in the future. Many in the audience stayed later to further discuss the issues raised in the book and to talk about the marches earlier in the week, and how the mainstream media had downplayed some of the numbers of marchers and the importance of the march itself. For more information on future events at New Freeway Hall, call 206-722-6057.

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