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2020 NACCS Scholar

Professor Albert M. Camarillo

At its Midyear meetings in Seattle, Washington, the NACCS Board unanimously selected the Northern California Foco nomination of Dr. Albert M. Camarillo for NACCS Scholar.  Camarillo has been a pillar in the Chicano/a community, training a cadre of Chicana/o Historians and working on the front lines to create and include Chicano/a Studies within the Academy. He was part of the initial wave of Chicanos and Chicanas to attend college in the 1960s before affirmative action programs and laid the foundation for generations of students and faculty.

Professor Camarillo earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in History in 1975 and promptly became a professor in the Department of History at Stanford University where he spent his entire academic career (42 years) until his retirement this year.  During his tenure at Stanford Dr. Camarillo held numerous academic and administrative positions including Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Diversity (2007-2019), Founding Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (1996-2002), Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies (1992-94), Founding Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUP) (1985-88), and the Founding Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research (1980-1985).

Professor Camarillo taught thousands of students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.  Among his students are Antonia Castañeda, (Ph.D. 1990), David G. Gutierrez, Monica Perales, Stephen J. Pitti, Vicky L. Ruiz, George J. Sanchez, and William Deverell.  It is fitting to note that in many ways Dr. Camarillo has paved the way for students to become historians in his numerous leadership roles in the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, the Urban History Association, and in the National Association for Chicano Studies (sic).  He served as a co-editor of the 1979 NACS proceedings “Work, Family, Sex Roles, Language” along with Francisco Hernandez and 1999 NACCS Scholar Mario Barrera.

His dissertation, “The Making of the Chicano Community:  A History of the Chicanos in Santa Barbara, California, 1850-1930”, was nominated in 1975 as one of the best Ph.D. theses in American History in the nation and augured the impact he would have in documenting Chicana and Chicano History in the future.  Author of multiple books and articles focusing on the experiences of Mexican Americans and other racial and immigrant groups in North American Cities. Dr. Camarillo is widely regarded as one of the founders of Chicana and Chicano Studies history from his very first article and beyond.  

The NACCS Scholar award was established in 1981 to recognize “life achievement” contributions of scholars to Chicana and Chicano Studies. 

It is our sincere honor to welcome Dr. Camarillo as the NACCS 2020 Scholar in recognition of his life’s dedication, mentorship, and leadership in the field.  We invite everyone to celebrate Dr. Albert Camarillo in Seattle, Washington at the NACCS 47th Annual Conference during the Awards Dinner on Friday evening.

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NACCS XLVII

April 15-18, 2020
Seattle, WA

New Fire: The Flowering of a Union of Free Pueblos

Submit your Proposal Today

 Deadline to submit a presentation for the 2020 conference is November 1, 2019.

https://www.naccs.org/naccs/General_Info.asp

The year 1968 has long been heralded as a year of global revolution. From the Tet Offensive to Tlatelolco, and from Black, Red, Yellow and Chicano Power to Brown is beautiful and the Blowouts, the stage was set for the emergence of Chicana and Chicano Studies. The following year witnessed the Santa Barbara and Denver conferences where, respectively, the blueprint for Chicano Studies and MEChA were born and for the first time Chicanas/os declared themselves a People, a Nation, a Pueblo among other Pueblos, and Aztlán itself as a Union of Free Pueblos. As we commemorate the various 50 th anniversaries of many of these events and accomplishments, as well of several respective departments, let us also heed the call of the Zapatistas for the need to rethink our cartographies and calendars. So rather than the uncritical mapping of Aztlán premised on the national-territorial borders of western colonial nation-states or the marking of yet another decade or half-century as is the hallmark of western temporalities, let us use this upcoming 2020 conference to develop the critical hindsight and conceptual clarity on the need for a New Fire – the ceremonial rebirthing ceremony that occurs every 52 years among several Pueblos of the misnamed territories currently named Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

Building on last year’s theme to engage with the ways Indigenous knowledge informs our lives and work, we invite further exploration of building relationalities with the diverse Indigenous Nations and Pueblos of las Américas Profundas, Turtle Island, Abya Yala, Pachamama. A New Fire Ceremony is the basis for a rebirth, one that marks the end of four cycles of 13 years, which is integral to the cosmologies of several “Meso-American” and “Southwestern” Indigenous Nations and Peoples. Let us thus disobey the cartographic and temporal conventions of western disciplines and nations and reignite a New Fire within Chicana and Chicano Studies to intellectually, politically, epistemically and spiritually combat the violence, destruction, and displacement that characterize the civilization of death and its various modalities (racism, sexism, compulsory heterosexualism, patriarchy, genocide, classism, coloniality, epistemicide, Christian-centrism, eurocentrism, ableism, ageism, etc) that we have accepted as the norm.

In 2020, the Peace and Dignity Journeys, an intercontinental spiritual run to reunite Eagle and Condor nations by building on the autonomy and interrelationship of all Pueblos of the northern and southern continent, will devote its prayer to the Sacred Fire. Similarly, Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress has pointed out that, “¡Ha llegado el tiempo del florecimiento de los Pueblos!” – The time of the flowering of the Pueblos has arrived! Chicanas, Xicanos, Chicanxs, Raza of all nations, genders, colors and ages have been part of and accompanied both movements from the start. So let us revisit that original call of our own for a Union of Free Pueblos to think about how Chicana and Chicano Studies can serve to (re)light the embers and kindlings of new temporalities, cartographies, epistemologies and relationalities in Abya Yala.

Towards these “ends” or rather openings and distinct forms of walking and being in this world, we welcome papers, panels, workshops, and presentations that address the following types of questions and topics, by no means exhaustive:

  • How can we foreground a rigorous, yet combative spirit in our work, without losing sight of a creative and rasquache aesthetics and poetics ?
  • How do we dispense with pretensions to objectivity that continue delimit the possibility of decolonial imaginings and openings in academia?
  • How do we better elucidate the ways Chican@ Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, and related fields produce knowledge above and beyond the limited myopic scopes, national imaginaries, disciplinarian divides and accompanying methodologies of traditional
    disciplines?
  • How can we re-ignite the fire of action research in defense of our pueblos, barrios, communities, territories, lands, bodies, waters, climate, earth?
  • What might be the bases for a collective and shared understanding and refoundation of a decolonial Chicana and Chicano Studies?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Unthinking Nation-States
The history and politics of MEChA
Bridging or reengaging with our various Pueblos
Learning from the land
Indigenous foundations of Chicana/o/x Studies
Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Indigenous Relationships
Internationalizing Chicana/o/x Studies
Decentering state-centric migration subjectivities
Returning to self, ceremonia spirit and healing
Indigenous Knowledge and Language reclamation
Decolonizing eating and farming
Two-spirit identities  
Autonomies and the politics of naming
The future of autonomies and sovereignties
Politics of Recognition and its limits
Critiques of appropriation
Practices of reconciliation
Reconceptualizing Aztlán
Aztlán as praxis, Chicana/o/x ethnogenesis, emergence and axis mundi
Aztlán as kinship, migration story, performativity, and queer nation
Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Indigenous community organizing
Urban Zapatismo
Asambleas, caracoles and other social formations
Collectivity as praxis
Indigenous theory and research methodologies
Indigenous feminisms
Social media and technology
Danza, Folklórico, and traditional dancing
Youth and restorative justice
Decolonizing borders
The future of Ethnic Studies
The Works of Early Chicano Thinkers and Writers
The Historical Moment of Chicana/o/x Studies
Xican@ Time
Un Nosotros sin estados
Xican@ futurities, or, the ashes of Chingon Politics

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Conference Hotel Information

Sheraton Grand Seattle
1400 6th Ave
Seattle, WA  98101
206.621.9000
Conference date: April 15-19, 2020
Reservation information available soon.

Conference Dates: Participants can begin their stay at the hotel starting April 13 and/or stay until April 20 with the conference rate based on availability. For additional dates and/or room options, please contact the hotel directly.

The 2020 conference will be hosted at the Sheraton Grand Seattle
Located in the heart of downtown at 6th and Pike, the Sheraton Grand Seattle provides a gateway to the diverse sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest.

Rates: (not including taxes) Reservations must be made by March 15 to guarantee the conference rate.  Room Rate: $159.00. Triple/Quads rooms are limited and are in high demand. Make your reservations early.

If you plan to travel to Canada before or after the conference make sure to bring your U.S. Passport.  Canada is only a ferry ride away.

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The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize

The award is in recognition of a published scholarly article or book chapter of an historical orientation on the intersection of class, race, gender, and sexuality as related to Chicana/Latina and/ Native/Indigenous women. The piece must have been published in November 2018 – 0ctober 2019 by a woman who is an ABD graduate student, pre-tenured faculty member, or an independent scholar. The award is designed to promote and acknowledge scholarship of an historical orientation by Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous scholars working on issues of intersectionality. No books or creative writing considered. Deadline: November 1.

Application/Nominations Process:  Both applications and nominations are encouraged. Submit  a PDF copy of the published manuscript, paper, or article and a two-page curriculum vita of the applicant or nominee.  The submission must include a short letter by the applicant or nominee addressing the merits of the article or book chapter’s contribution to the field.   Applicants are also required to solicit a letter from a third party to that effect (e.g., from an adviser, a chair, a colleague). In all cases, applicant or nominee contact information, email address, telephone number, and mailing address, must be included in the application/nomination letter.  Submissions of all materials shall be delivered electronically by the deadline directly to: CastanedaPrize@naccs.org

November 1:  Application due to NACCS at CastanedaPrize@naccs.org

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Immigrant Student Beca Award Extension

EXTENDED TO JANUARY 15th, 2020

NACCS Board has agreed to extend the deadline to accept applications for the NACCS Beca Award from students.   NACCS offers scholarships for current undocumented immigrant students who are committed to furthering the well being of Chicanas and Chicanos. Applicants must be members of NACCS, be enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution and be an immigrant of Chicana/o heritage. The NACCS Immigrant Student Beca Fund was founded in 2008 to help Chicana and Chicano college students complete their education. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis for community college, four-year college, and graduate students. Awards range from $100 to $500. Application form at: Link Here

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NACCS – Statement on the Climate Crisis

The NACCS board believes it is important to have our voice as part of the global movement against climate chaos, and we have asked NACCS environmental scholars Dr. Devon Peña and Dr. Gabriel Valle to compose the following statement:

The climate change crisis is affecting all living organisms and ecosystems on the planet but the enduring effects of decades of environmental racism are resulting in disparate impacts. Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), including Chicanx/Latinx populations, are already suffering major deleterious effects from this global process of environmental violence. It is important to understand first of all that climate chaos is not simply driven by anthropogenic (human-caused) forces but by the type of ravenous destruction of the planet’s life support systems of the global capitalist economy. The combination of extreme heat and cold weather events illustrates for us how so-called “global warming” and even “climate change” are inadequate terms to describe what is occurring and that the concept of climate chaos illustrates how the entire climate system is characterized by unpredictable disruptions with cumulative effects that scientists are only now recognizing and understanding. It is also important to understand how the effects of climate chaos are destroying ecological systems that we depend on to produce our food, medicine, clothing, and shelter. Climate chaos destroys the natural conditions of material cultures.

We are facing a crisis in which Native communities from the Arctic to the Andes and the Pacific Rim island nations are already being devastated by the chaos of climate change. We are facing a crisis in which BIPOC and low income persons are already being killed or displaced by the effects of climate change.

The evidence of disparate impacts must be weighed when we consider what our policy and political needs are in light of these devastating processes:

1. Urban heat islands. Research confirms that African Americans are 52% more likely than whites to live in “urban heat islands” (UHIs) defined as microclimates that can get an extra 5 to 10 degrees hotter during heat waves. Asian Americans are 32% more likely and Latinxs are 21% more likely to live in UHIs. In the Phoenix area, the mostly Native American neighborhood of Guadalupe suffered more than a dozen deaths during the summer heat wave of 2017 which led to 155 people dying. That set a record for the state of Arizona, passing the 2016 total of 150. Most of these deaths involve BIPOC communities. These differences are results of the longstanding shameful practice of residential segregation and a lack of open green spaces and tree cover in these segregated neighborhoods.

2. Extreme Cold Weather Mortality and Illness. Beyond the effects of heat waves, BIPOC populations are also suffering higher rates of mortality and illness as a result of extreme cold weather events affecting urban low-income barrios and rural communities including reservations.

3. Farm and other natural resource workers. There are 2.5-3 million farmworkers in the United States. Of these 80% are Latinx and more than half of these are Mexican-origin workers an increasing number of whom are Native Mesoamericans. Between 2000 and 2010, 359 occupational heat-related deaths were identified in the U.S., for a yearly average fatality rate of 0.22 per 1 million workers. Highest rates were found among Latinx males in the agriculture and construction industries. Farm and construction workers accounted for nearly 58 percent of occupational heat deaths from 2000 to 2010, and Latinxs had three times the risk of heat-related death on the job than did non-Latinxs.[1]

4. Climate refugees (Central America, Mexico). The so-called “Dirty Wars” and decades of neoliberal “Shock Doctrine” (including NAFTA) initiated a set of violent forces that – combined with severe drought and climate change impacts – have led to a mass forced migration of mostly Indigenous populations. These are the same populations that are being dehumanized and terrorized by US border and immigration control forces that are separating families and placing their children in cages.

5. Displacement of ‘cultures of habitat’. Indigenous peoples are recognized for their deep traditions of resilient inhabitation of ancestral territories and are renowned for providing ecosystem services to the Earth. This is why ethnoecologists the world over have long defended “ecosystem peoples” or “cultures of habitat” and their resilient and regenerative livelihood traditions and practices.[2] The same corporate and settler colonial nation state agencies that are underlying forces of climate chaos are actively engaged in the forced relocation of Indigenous communities. In the Southwest, Native American/Chicanx acequias communities are facing the prospect of extinction and displacement due to declining mountain snowpack that serves as the water source for these celebrated community irrigation systems.[3] The cultural landscape and ecological services of the acequia systems are being damaged by the effects of drought, past and ongoing deforestation, and extreme fluctuations in weather patterns. In Alaska, the Iñupiat village of Kivalina is being relocated due to rising sea levels and it is only one of many dozens of such Arctic communities directly affected by climate chaos.

6. Food system and food sovereignty impacts. BIPOC communities are already disproportionately affected by hunger and malnutrition. A USDA study of so-called “food insecurity” demonstrates that Mexican immigrant children suffer the highest rates of hunger and malnutrition in the U.S. BIPOC communities have long faced death by “nutricide” and are already increasing experiencing the loss of traditional foods, foodways, and heritage cuisines and of the agroecosystems and land and waterscapes that support our direct livelihood traditions and food cultures. Climate chaos is intensifying these deleterious losses of heritage cuisine, and traditional foodways and undermining our agroecosystems and our access to traditional hunting, foraging, and fishing areas.

7. Air Quality. In 1987, the Commission for Racial Justice at the United Church of Christ released the groundbreaking report, Toxic Waste and Race in the United States.[4] The report was one of the first documents to use the term “environmental racism” to explain how communities of color are more likely to be exposed to unhealthy air, which can lead to conditions of asthma, among other things. The report shows that three-fifths of BIPOC communities live in or near areas of toxic waste. These conditions are not simply because many of these communities live in urban areas, but because of the historical process of urban planning and policy making that dictates where industrial business reside, where freeways are built and expanded, and even the flight patterns of air traffic. The commission released a second report, Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty 1987-2007, and their findings show that in spite of laws and policies created to promote justice, the conditions in many BIPOC communities remain much the same.[5] In the coming years, the climate crisis will exacerbate these conditions. In urban communities, the heat island effect (see item 1) will worsen air quality and increase the prevalence of asthma. In rural communities, the climate crisis will compound drought conditions. Air quality in Fresno, CA, recently received an F by the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2019 report.[6]  Today, approximately 43.3 percent of Americans live in counties that have unhealthy ozone and/or particle pollution – that is more than 141 million people exposed to unhealthy air.

8. Water and Water Quality. The availability and the quality of water are both exacerbated by the climate crisis. A recent report notes that half the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas by 2025. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Even in non-water stressed areas, the quality of surface water could deteriorate as more rain and storms drive erosion and the release of toxins. These dynamics could affect everything from the availability of drinking water for people to a shortage of water for livestock and crops (with negative effects for the food supply) to decreases in hydroelectric power generation.”[7] These water quality impacts are already affecting the health of U.S. urban BIPOC communities. We have learned that Flint, MI, is not an isolated incident, but just the tip of the iceberg. Municipalities access the country are being to realize this. In predominantly Latino, agricultural communities that rely on groundwater, community members experience elevated and long-term exposure to nitrates in their drinking water. Epidemiological evidence suggests an elevated risk of cancer and congenital disabilities in communities that experience nitrate exposure at levels below U.S. EPA’s drinking water standard (10 mg/L NO3-N).[8] Recent findings have shown high levels of lead in public schools. In California, the Community Water Center conducted as state-wade report that concludes from 2003-2014 over one million students attended schools that did not meet primary safe drinking water standards. The report also finds the schools impacted by unsafe drinking water had higher percentages of BIPOC students.[9] The struggle over water, while frequently framed as an environmental problem (i.e., drought), is, in fact, a highly political matter that influences the livelihood and wellbeing of urban and rural BIPOC communities. Climate chaos is only worsening these problems aided and abetted by the perverse logic of neoliberal policies that eliminate the investments in environmental quality and the protection of the Earth’s life-support systems like air, land, and water.

Therefore, the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies declares the climate crisis the most paramount issue of our time. The systems and institutions that destroy the environmental conditions needed for clean air and water are the same systems and institutions that have historically denied Chicana/o and Latinx peoples a means to self-determination. The climate crisis is not amendable through “technological fixes” or “green consumerism,” because the climate crisis is deeply rooted in a particular type of settler colonialism and capitalism that prevents, and even erases, the sustainable livelihoods of Chicana/o and Latinx people and communities. The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies recognizes that while the climate crisis becomes more perilous by the day, Chicanas/os and Latinx peoples have always been engaged in struggles to improve our environments. From the acequia farmers improving soil health and agrobiodiversity through traditional agricultural practices,[10] to the mujeres organizing against polluting industry,[11] we have been there. From the campesinxs resisting pesticides,[12] to the ciudadanxs reusing coffee tins,[13] we have been there. The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies declares that in order to truly address the climate crisis, we must remake our social, political, and economic systems to promote diversity, autonomy, resilience, and a just sustainability.

The NACCS Board of Directors specifically calls for the following actions in support of the vital climate justice movement:

  • NACCS endorses the climate strike actions that youth across the U.S. and the rest of the planet have launched and call for continued widespread activism by BIPOC youth and their allies in these campaigns for climate justice.
  • We call on U.S. universities and colleges to divest themselves of stocks in fossil fuel and other extractive industries that are the principal drivers of this environmental violence.
  • We further call on higher education institutions to end their participation in the global “land grabs” that are displacing Indigenous and other land- and water-based communities because this robs the first peoples of their ancestral lands while the world as a whole suffers the consequences of the loss of these sustainable, resilient, and equitable cultures of habitat that protect the planet.
  • We resolve that the Green New Deal is an essential tool for education and civic engagement and especially call on the shapers of this initiative to include community-based and grassroots-led projects for ecological restoration of our wounded watersheds and ecosystems.
  • We call for legal recognition of access to safe water and culturally appropriate food as basic universal human rights.
  • We support reparations associated with climate chaos and the harm this has caused to Indigenous and other land and water-based communities in the U.S. and the world. The primary reparations must involve investments to return Native lands to rightful Indigenous care-giver heirs and to heal the colonial wounds suffered by the land, water, air, and people.

[1] Gubernot, Diane M et al. 2015. Characterizing occupational heat-related mortality in the United States, 2000-2010: An analysis using the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries database. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 58:2: 203-11.

[2] Nabhan, Gary P. 1997. Cultures of Habitat: On Nature, Culture, and Story. Washington DC: Counterpoint. Nazarera, Virgina, Ed. Ethnoecology: Situates Knowledge, Located Lives. Tucson: U. Arizona Press.

[3] Elias, E. H., et al., 2015. Assessing climate change impacts on water availability of snowmelt-dominated basins of the Upper Rio Grande basin. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 3: 525-46. URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.04.004. Peña, Devon G. 2019. “Climate Chaos, Acequias, and Land Grants Sin agua no hay vida, sin tierra no hay paz.” Paper presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Thematic panel: “Land and Water Wisdom: Exercising Cultural Resistance and Sustainability Practices.” Albuquerque, NM, April 4-6, 2019.

[4] United Church of Christ. 1987. Toxic Waste and Race in the United States. Commission for Racial Justice. New York.

[5] United Church of Christ. 2007. Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty. Commission for Racial Justice. New York.

[6] American Lung Association. 2019. State of the Air Report https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/sota/

[7] Goldman Sachs. 2019. Sustainable Growth: Taking a Deep Dive into Water. URL: https://www.goldmansachs.com/insights/clean-technology-and-renewables/cohen/report.pdf. Accessed October 10, 2019.

[8] Schaider, Laurel, Lucien Swetschinski, Christopher Campbell, Ruthann Rudel. 2019. “Environmental justice and drinking water quality: are there socioeconomic disparities in nitrate levels in U.S. drinking water?” Environmental Health 18(3) URL: https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-018-0442-6#Abs1

[9] Community Water Center. 2016. “Are We Providing Our School Kids Safe Drinking Water? An Analysis of California Schools Impacted by Unsafe Drinking Water.” Full Report available at URL: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/communitywatercenter/pages/824/attachments/original/1462656752/CWC_MCL_05.07.16a.pdf?1462656752

[10] Gallegos, Joseph. 2017. “Chicos del horno: A Local, Slow, and Deep Food.” In Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives. Eds. Devon G. Peña, et al. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.

[11] Pardo, Mary. 1998. Mexican American Women Grassroots Community Activists. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

[12] Pulido, L. 1996. Environmentalism and economic justice: Two Chicano struggles in the Southwest. University of Arizona Press.

[13] Diaz, David. 2005. Barrio Urbanism: Chicanos, Planning and American Cities. New York: Routledge.

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NACCS – Statement on the Continued Targeting of Chicana/o/x Communities

Statement on the Continued Targeting of Chicana/o/x Communities by White Supremacy

At the request of the NACCS Board this statement was prepared by Dr. Carlos Reyes Guerrero (Past-Chair) and Dr. Armando Ibarra (Past At-Large Representative)

¡Basta… Ya Basta!

We oppose white supremacy, in ALL of its manifestations and forms. The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies is a collective of scholars and activists from diverse communities and with unique histories. Our Association’s consciousness is rooted in collectivity, community building, and participation in social movements that resist ideologies that normalize exploitation and degradation, and we work to replace institutions and practices that thrive on predatory and unjust practices with new, resilient practices based on solidarity and democracy. Our aim is the creation of institutions, critical standpoints, and beneficial practices based in a tapestry of struggle cemented by respect of all humanity.

The events of the last three years under the escalating violence of white supremacy have added urgency to our struggle. Violence against our communities has long been standard State practice.  Now, the State effectively demands that everyone in the United States accept and endorse this violence. Atrocities multiply, from the massacres in El Paso and Gilroy, to the ICE raids in Mississippi, the shocking and inhumane detention of thousands of migrants throughout the country in for-profit prisons, the separation of children from parents at the border, the rising death toll of migrants crossing the border (nearly 10,000 since 1994), attacks on LGBTQ+ lives and civil rights, the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, the dismantling of asylum opportunities, the outsourcing of border control to the Mexican government, continuing and exacerbated environmental racism, and the attempts to erase our history by institutions, and, even, by some allies who question our authenticity, fields of study and actions.   In all this, the powerful present their whims to us as necessities for progress and security. These attacks hearken back to eras of systemic attacks on Chicana and Chicano communities who faced lynchings, murder, displacement, miseducation, and deprivation of basic human needs and dignity. Today as then—WE RESIST!  

WE, the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, stand in solidarity with all communities assaulted by White supremacist ideologies and practices. We commit to continue to engage in research, education, and actions that counter White supremacy and offer an alternative rooted in respeto for humanity.

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2020 Leadership Nominations

Nominations sought for 2020-2021 leadership

The Nominations Committee seeks candidates and/or self-nominations for Chair-elect, Treasurer-elect, Secretary and two At Large Representative. If you are interested in running or want to nominate a candidate, the nomination form includes 3 questions regarding participation in NACCS, in Chicana & Chicano Studies and Community. The contact information you provide must also include a short biographical sketch.

Preferred/Eligibility Criteria

  • Current membership in NACCS
  • Immediate past membership in NACCS (for Chair-elect/Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer-elect/Treasurer 4 years minimum of past membership; for At-Large Reps two years minimum of past membership)
  • Significant and Demonstrated active participation in NACCS
  • Significant and Demonstrated active contribution to Chicana & Chicano Studies
  • Demonstrated contributions to advance the interests and needs of the Chicana & Chicano community
  • Active participation in NACCS Foco and/or Caucus

The nomination of any individual is not considered final. Based on the nominations received and/or outreached to, the Nominations Committee will decide on the slate that best represents the diversity (region, interest, and/or research) of the NACCS body. 

Submit your nomination(s) by November 30, 2019.

Submit Nomination Here

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Resolution Procedure

Resolutions must be submitted fourteen (14) days before the national conference begins so that Board may review them in advance of the conference.

For the 2020 conference resolutions must be submitted by April 1st.

Resolutions must be voted and approved by the body of the foco or caucus prior to submitting. No individual member can submit a resolution. Access to the form is available to members only.

The person listed on this submission must be a member who will be at the conference so that the Board can address any questions prior to the business meeting. The member must also be present at the business meeting to answer any questions from the floor.

Resolution must be written and formatted in the proper format to be accepted.  See an example.

The form is available at http://www.naccs.org/Forms.asp?MODE=NEW&Forms_FormTypeID=-229

Resolutions submitted must conform to the following rules:

  1. Resolutions must identify the Foco/Caucus that is putting the resolution forth;
  2. Resolutions must provide names of contact person(s) with phone numbers and email address in case further clarification is necessary;
  3. If the resolution has budget implications, the resolution must include amount and purpose;
  4. The resolution must be worded in such a way that the implementation of such resolution be realistic in terms of funding requirements and logistics involved.
  5. Resolutions not properly formatted will not be considered. (Writing a NACCS Resolution Link)

The Foco/Caucus must take responsibility for wording its resolution in such a manner that it is actually a resolution and not a call for support on an issue relevant to only one region. Resolutions must be edited so that they are easily understandable to the general membership. Resolutions must provide names of persons who are expected to act on behalf of NACCS and their professional or community affiliation. Resolutions that do not meet the criteria will not be considered. Once the Board approves the resolutions, the NACCS Secretary will compile, duplicate, and distribute the Foco/Caucus at the NACCS general business meeting. A consent agenda format (all resolutions are approved automatically unless a member requests that a specific resolution be removed for discussion and vote) will be followed during the business meeting. Resolutions that are pulled from the consent agenda or do not make the consent agenda will be voted on by the membership within two months of the conference online.

Members will have an opportunity to discuss the resolutions online. Details of this discussion will be forthcoming. Any questions should be directed to the Chair of NACCS or Secretary.

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