PART 3: Unión del Barrio’s Report & Analysis On The 2019 MEChA National Conference

PART THREE of THREE Social Media Woketivism Is A Representation Of Political Culture, Not The Real Thing A significant number of social media-centric raza activists, including MEChistas, have embraced a tendency that privileges individual identities over collective expressions of political struggle and political power. This tendency appears within forms of neoliberal performative politics sometimes referred […]

Originally Published In 2009: 40 YEARS OF STRUGGLE: EL PLAN DE SANTA BARBARA, MEChA & CHICANO STUDIES

Exactly 10 years ago Unión del Barrio published this article in the March-May 2009 edition of our newspaper ¡LA VERDAD!. Though we are currently developing an organizational statement to address the March 31, 2019 name change of MEChA, we felt there was clear value in re-publishing this article from 2009 to help inform our communities about […]

Los Angeles 2019: When LA Educators Go On Strike, They Teach Us What It Takes To Bring About Change

Unión del Barrio stands in solidarity with Los Angeles teachers! Los Angeles teachers are showing District Superintendent Austin Beutner that when it comes down to defending public education, they are not afraid to go on strike. During the past 20 months the LA teacher’s union (UTLA) has been in negotiations with the LA Unified, struggling […]

Today We Were United In The Defense Of Chicano Park & Our Community

Today, September 3, 2017, a broadly unified raza-led front of elders, high school and college students, barrio youth, political radicals, muralists, artists, cultural workers, academics, activists, native people of the Kumeyaay nation, labor organizers, religious people, etc. unconditionally joined forces with at least 500 local community people to defend Barrio Logan’s historic Chicano Park. Click […]

First Hand Testimony From Herman Baca: “The Chicano Moratorium of August 29, 1970 Still Remembered – The Day Police Rioted!”

“LEST WE FORGET!” Committee on Chicano Rights (Reprinted & Updated from UCSD Herman Baca Archives) I still vividly remember what happened to me personally and politically in Los Angeles, California on August 29, 1970. Thirty thousand Chicanos from throughout the U.S. marched in the streets to protest and call for an end to the war in […]

The Never-Ending Ballad of Esequiel Hernández Jr.

The tiny border town of Redford Texas is located about four hours southeast from El Paso. On May 20, 1997 an 18-year old U.S. citizen of Mexicano heritage named Esequiel Hernández Jr. was shot dead by a group of Marines who had been deployed to intervene in the drug trafficking that was reportedly taking place […]

During February of 2017, Trumpistas Sent Our Communities A Clear Message Of What They Have In Mind For Us

The real question is, what are we going to do about it? Among the generalized political division and increasing hatred that Trump has fomented during his first weeks as president, it takes a little work to discern what is now clearly a pattern of white nationalist aggression that has been unleashed against our communities. Indeed, […]

Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez – ¡PRESENTE!

Unión del Barrio sends our condolences to the family of compa Chunky. He was an central figure of the Chicana/o Movement for several generations; a leader of political culture and song; an icon of Chicano Park; and a representative San Diego-based raza struggle. Throughout the years he also left his mark on Unión del Barrio, […]

The Militarization of Logan Heights

San Diego “Noches De Conciencia” On Friday May 27th, presidential candidate Donald J. Trump held a fascist rally at the San Diego Convention Center. People from all over San Diego joined multiple protests to reject his politics. A well organized march called by Unión del Barrio rejecting Trump’s colonialism (racism) and hateful campaign descended from […]

A DECADE OF STRUGGLE: UNION DEL BARRIO REACHES ITS 10TH YEAR OF STRUGGLE IN LOS ANGELES

Unión del Barrio (UdB) was formed in 1981 by a half-dozen activists as a San Diego barrio-based organization, and has over time transformed itself into a Raza Internationalist formation with Bases of community work in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Davis California, as well as members in other locations. Over time UdB participated in many actions, conferences, […]

Hindsight 2008: “What Does The Election Of Barack Obama To The Presidency Of The Empire Mean For La Raza?”

Real Change Will Only Come From Those Who Struggle For Dignity, Justice & Self-Determination Editor’s Note: A version of this essay was originally published the day after the U.S. presidential elections on November 5, 2008. Responding to multiple requests, we decided to repost an updated version edited for readability and enriched with links from numerous outside […]