Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Featured, News

A Stand for Centro Cultural: Mexican Resistance to Cultural Genocide

A Stand for Centro Cultural: Mexican Resistance to Cultural Genocide

Seventeen years ago, a group of Mexican farm workers led by Hector Martinez, decided to start an organization – – Centro Cultural – – to preserve their culture and help improve the quality of lives of Mexicans in the area. The history of how those Mexicans came to be in Minnesota goes back much further. Mexicans, devastated by the revolution of 1910, found hope in the beet farming of Minnesota and thousands of people started pouring in to meet the labor demands of the region. By the beginning of the 1930’s Mexicans made up 90 percent of the beet harvesting labor force. But, their quality of life was that of impoverished slaves living in substandard housing and receiving poor wages. The advent of civil rights and worker’s movements of the 1960’s such as Cesar Chavez’s American Farm Worker movement struck fear into Minnesota farmers who quickly moved to mechanize their farming operations to eliminate the threat of Mexican uprisings in the Midwest. To read more about the history of...

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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Featured, News

The Real Cinco de Mayo -Cindy Gomez-Schempp from Mexi-can.org

The Real Cinco de Mayo -Cindy Gomez-Schempp from Mexi-can.org

Defining A Day of Independence Mexican Independence day is NOT Cinco de Mayo. Most people in the U.S. think it is, but they are wrong. For some background on the history of the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico vs the U.S. check out my take from 2012 here: http://mexi-can.org/cinco-de-ma-yo-no/ The article I wrote about Cinco de Mayo a year ago is relevant and true. But there is more to the story of Cinco de Mayo. This year, I want to dig deeper. We must begin by remembering that Mexico’s indigenous nations, conquered by Spain, were enslaved or eradicated. Those who survived became catholics, as much of Mexico remains to this day. Those who survived have made many sacrifices. Among them, the loss of their indigenous languages, and shed identities that tie us to tribal nations, tradition, and wisdom. The loss of medicine, history, and identity has affected us every generation since our conquest. The “fight for independence” from Spain in 1810 was a European-on-European fight between the...

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