Published On: Sun, Jul 8th, 2012

Librotraficante… is fighting for our culture.

Arizona legislators tried to erase our history. So we decided to make more.

When Arizona House Bill 2281 was used to ban Mexican American Studies, we decided to take a stand. What started as the Librotraficante Caravan to Smuggle Banned Books Back to Tucson has blossomed into a movement. In March of 2012, we organized 6 cities, smuggled over 1,000 books donated from all over the country, and opened 4 Under Ground Libraries.

The Librotraficante movement is the tip of the pyramid. It stands on the base created by its parent organization Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, founded by novelist Tony Diaz. NP has been promoting Latino literature and literacy in Houston, Texas since 1998. In that time, we have worked with most of the authors whose work was banned by the Tucson ISD. The writings of our most beloved authors form the base of our movement.

As you already know… we do not do the politics thing on this website. We are a cultural collective that loves our history, heritage and the legacy that we have built in the United States. What happens when that is threatened, do we as one of the oldest blogs in this space just act like it does not exist… or do we break our own rules and do what is right to protect what we love?

You guessed it… I want you to all know that Sofrito Media Group supports the LIBROTRAFICANTE movement.

To read about Librotraficante’s Read Ins, Caravans and other events…. visit and support, follow him on Twitter @Librotraficante or if you are in Texas listen to the radio show.



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Librotraficante… is fighting for our culture.