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Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Tony Diaz "El Librotraficante" is a novelist, activist, and professor. He began his graduate studies at Kansas State University then moved to Houston, Texas where in 1998 he founded Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say to promote Latino literature and literacy. That same year his first novel THE AZTEC LOVE GOD was published.

Nuestra Palabra has organized one of the largest book fairs in Texas and the largest book events in Houston-for any demographic. Diaz co-hosts the group's weekly radio program THE NP RADIO SHOW on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston, part of the Pacifica network. Nuestra Palabra provided the expertise, volunteers, network and resources that blossomed into the Librotraficante Movement.

In response to Arizona prohibition of Mexican American Studies through Arizona House Bill 2281, Nuestra Palabra organized the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to Smuggle the Wetbooks back into Arizona. Thousands of books were donated from around the country, 4 Under Ground libraries were opened along the 6-city caravan route and a movement was launched.

Diaz holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has just completed his 2nd novel THE PROTESTER'S HANDBOOK, which is in the hands of his agent.

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Do Republicans Hate Latinos?

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:58 AM

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A June 15, 2011 file photo shows Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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"Republicans hate Latinos." Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta famously uttered these words in 2006...

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Top 10 Chicano Films for M.A.S.

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:12 PM

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Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves) with Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante.

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Mexican American Studies (MAS) is spreading like wildfire in Texas.

By the time you read this, Texas will have the most schools...

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Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:41 AM

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Gaspir Mir III, Dr. Dorthy Caram, Alex Lopez Negrete, Gracie Saenz, Esq, Edward James Olmos, Dr. Tatcho Mindiola, and Tony Diaz kicking off the 2004 Latino Book and Family Festival-the largest book fair in Texas, organized by Nuestra Palabra....
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The Jury's in: Texas Wants MAS, Mexican American Studies is Act II of the Civil Rights Act

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:20 PM

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The Texas State Board of Education can mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by voting to implement Mexican American Studies. This would stamp out one of the last vestiges of the discrimination...

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Ted Cruz Shut Down the Government, But We Won't Let the Tea Party Shut Down Mexican American Studies

(14) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:32 PM

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Texas has become the center of the universe.

I must admit we have some characters here.

From Ted Cruz, a Canadian Cuban-American who shut down the government, to the Texas State Board of Education...

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Galveston: The Home of Texas Mexican Literature

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 3:31 PM

A version of this article was first published in The Galveston County Daily News Sunday, October 5, 2013

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Texas Mexican Literature began in Galveston.

Now don't get nervous.

You already love Mexican-American Studies.

You love Mexican-American Studies when you tan.

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Columbus Janitors Clean Columbus Day's Clock

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 9:09 AM

It's ironic that Columbus Day falls during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Let's just say that it's not the Day Columbus discovered the Americas. It's the day that Columbus invented corporate America.

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He fine-tuned the policy of imposing the royal business agenda on an entire people,...

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All Educated With No Place to Go

(3) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 1:07 PM

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The author circa 1995. Originally published in the Los Angeles Times.

I thought I was a hyphenated American because I chose to call myself a Mexican-American. But looking at my resume, I realize I earned the designation because I've worked as a free-lance journalist,...

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Mexicans Ain't White: The Gus Garcia Story

(26) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 9:26 AM

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Spoiler alert: The life of Civil Rights lawyer Gus Garcia doesn't have a happy ending, but the true story of our people lies between the echo of the gavel at the Supreme Court hearing, where he brilliantly defended our rights, to...

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Blue Grass Librotraficantes Use Border Crossing Art to Spread the Chican@ Renaissance to Louisville, Kentucky. Yes, Kentucky!

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:50 AM

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Saturday, June 22, the Chican@ Reniassance spreads into the fabric of Louisville as the Librotraficantes open at Under Ground Library in Kentucky at the Americana Community Center.

That's right, Kentucky has Latinos! And we're supplying them...

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7,000+ Attend Outdoor Ethnic Studies Class in Downtown Houston

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:31 PM

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Of course, I don't want the organizers to get in trouble for violating City of Houston Fire Codes, so let's say 6,081 attended this amazing Ethnic Studies...

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The Librotraficante Creed: A Poem

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Read poems.

Write Poems.

Defend freedom of speech & critical thinking.

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By Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante

My parents picked crops. I pick my destiny.

My mother and father...

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Texas Republican Dan Patrick Wants to End Rock 'n' Roll History With the No Grateful Dead/No Day of the Dead Bill

(12) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 1:33 PM

I thought Republican Texas Sen. Dan Patrick's Senate Bill 1128 was going after ethnic studies.

Turns out he's going after rock 'n' roll instead.

At least that's what one of his staff members told the Librotraficantes on March 14 when we visited Dan Patrick's...

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Feds Condone Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's Civil War

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 6:52 PM

One year to the date that the Librotraficante Caravan launched from Houston to smuggle books banned in Arizona back into Tucson, the Empire struck back.

On Friday, March 5, 2012, the Federal Court upheld Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's Anti-intellectual law Arizona House Bill 2281 (AZHB2281).

This is the...

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The Gloria Anzaldua Under Ground Library

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Being a Librotraficante through and through, the first thing I wanted to see when I stepped on to the University of Texas-Pan American Campus in Edinburg was the monument to its star alum-Mexican American literary icon Gloria Anzaldúa.

Yes, of course, her book

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Viva Hillary Clubs Would Turn Texas Blue for Clinton

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:00 PM

If Hillary Clinton ran for president, Viva Hillary Clubs would turn Texas Blue for her in 2016.

Instead, since it seems that La Hillary won't run, Latinos are left singing the blues.

Everyone knows that at some point Latinos will win Texas for the Democrats. The...

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Top 10 Ways Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Wants to Work With Latinos

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:54 AM

After the results of the presidential election, even far right Republican Sherriff Joe Arpaio, famous for his bullish anti-immigrant stance, says that he wants to work with the Latino community. Here then are the:

Top 10 Ways Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants to work with Latinos:

10. Learn...

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Romnesia Could Send George P. Bush and the GOP Into the Bush Leagues

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 2:15 PM

King George III has announced his arrival.

I mean George P. Bush, of the Bushes of Texas.

He filed forms with the Texas Ethics Commission to appoint a campaign treasurer to run for office.

Of course, he isn't a monarch, but his completed form for filing...

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