Courtesy of San Benito High School:
Students from the San Benito High School Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan) M.E.Ch.A. Club attended the 26th Annual M.E.Ch.A. National Conference hosted by University of California Los Angeles on March 29-31.
The conference coincides with the 50th Anniversary of MEChA, an organization built on the values of self-determination, youth empowerment, cultural consciousness, and political activism.
At the conference, students were able to attend keynote speeches, community-, student-, and alumni-led workshops, panels, conversations, and demonstrations. A few of the numerous topics students were able to discuss during workshops and throughout the weekend included under-served communities, discrimination, economic inequality, exploitation of labor, lack of preventative health care, domestic abuse, immigration insecurity, homophobia, and many more.
“We all had such an amazing experience and am so proud of M.E.Ch.A. Club and hope to use this experience to aim for a better future for all around us a human beings,” said club advisor and SBHS teacher Tracey Torres.