Lalo Alcaraz vs. CSUF MEChA
The telenovela that is unfolding on Facebook with national cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and his updates on what seems to involve CSUF MEChA students, a sign that read “special featured artist LALO ALCA…RAZ”, some art and some bad event is as juicy as a spicy jalapeno!
Alcaraz, the man behind “La Cucaracha” comic strip has officially declared a Facebook MEChA smackdown on the Mechistas from Cal State University Fullerton! Maybe Lalo is having a bad day since MALDEF kept telling him the wrong date that his 20 page comic book encouraging Latino Census efforts would debut in LA Opinion newspaper (today!) or maybe he has some legitimate beef carne asada with the Mechistas, but either way, I hope a good cartoon comes out of it!
[Sidebar: A few of you have asked, “Where can I get a copy of the 100% awesome MALDEF Comic Book?” So here’s the deal, apparently, the comic book was made in limited quantity to be distributed via La Opinion Newspaper. The comic insert was available on the Monday April 5th edition. So, if you can, go buy it and support!]
Personally, I have always had certain unapologetic issues with MEChA groups who disregard professionals as vendidos or those other MEChA extreme nationalist groups who think they are above all other brown people because their trenzas are longer or because they got a brand new Che shirt. Whatever.
So I am glad that Lalo is putting them on blast. Below is the up to the minute account of the shenanigans. Latest on the bottom. Anna Diaz Villela, whom I dont know, but share three friends in common with and who has a default pic of a dia de los muertos bride posing with a female and male student (don’t know who is who), has responded to Lalo’s allegations of mistreatment over the sharpie non-elitist-artist sign on Facebook for all to see… let’s see where this drama takes us…
TAN TAN TAAAAAAN!
Lalo Alcaraz Thank you TUCSON, had a great time and a good show at the U of A for the SJEP group, doing good work in Educational Justice. Happy Easter everybody! Later I will tell you all about how I became the target of a Cal State Fullerton MEChA Power Trip© on Saturday night at their Art Fair event, which I had to remove myself… from to preserve my last shred of dignity… LOL!!!
Yesterday at 11:04am · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz SO…Saturday morning I dragged my ass from TUCSON to LAX, took a Super Shuttle to Fullerton, got a ride to the event for an early setup for this CSU Fullerton MEChA/ The Spanish Club (Sorry dont remember the Spanish acronym) so that I could support the event put on by these CSUF Raza students, setup and dress up my little table with
Yesterday at 8:37pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz whatever I could pull out of my smelly LUGGAGE (I had been on the road (in Mesa and Phx) since 430am WEDNESDAY morning, like cardboard, old posters, tape, etc…so I tape a crappy sign I made with sharpie and tape from my stint at the San Diego Film Festival 2 weeks before, that said: “special featured artist LALO ALCA…RAZ” and about 45 minutes into the sparsely attended event, my host
Yesterday at 8:39pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz and another young woman from MEChA, march up to my table and demanded that I take down my sign. I was a little stunned, and thought I had misheard them. “Your sign is not promoting equality among the other artists,” or something to that effect is what she said. I said, “You;re kiddding me, right?” hoping for a late April Fools gag.
Yesterday at 8:43pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz I told them it was kind of a joke, and it was just an old sign I grabbed from my bag from an old event, and that I didnt mean anything by it, but they DEMANDED all up in my old MEChA grill that I must take it down- as I had put up a sign that says: “VIVA SHERIFF JOE” or “Support your local Border Patrol”…! I told them,
Yesterday at 8:46pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz “Uh, I dont think people are really going to think I’m trying to make myself out to be better than anyone else, or do you think people are really stupid?” Apparently they are! I instantly felt the way I feel at art auctions/benefits and other events where artists are invited to setup their art, donate pieces, participate in silent auctions,
Yesterday at 8:49pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz generally dress up a joint with artwork, then don’t sell a damn thing because we are just there for window dressing. I was invited by these students to be at their event, and didnt appreciate the effort I made to be there- I could have blown them off and gone straight home from my 4 day lecture trip in Arizona to see my family and spend time with my 3 little kids
Yesterday at 8:51pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz who were missing their dad, but I wanted to support the MEChistas, and make a little bit of extra cash for my 3 little kids, and I was rudely commanded to take down my crinkly taped up sign. They could of asked me nicely, but their MEChA instincts kicked in, and I was not a current member,
Yesterday at 8:55pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz so it didnt work out for them… Serves me right! I told them, okay, I will take it down, but really, I took everything down and got the hell out of there! Oh god, I was so pissed off for wasting 5 hours of my life that I packed my shit up and walked about half a mile til I found
Yesterday at 8:57pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz The Cantina Lounge and bought myself a beer with the $10 I made selling one poster! Thats when I started laughing my ass off. My family picked me up, my kids were sooo happy to see me. I guess I really felt annoyed because I think I’m the last adult proponent of MEChA (that’s not affiliated with a university!) and I al…ways celebrate my time at SDSU and Berkeley MEChAs, as “the guy who made the fliers in MEChA.”
Yesterday at 9:00pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz So, the moral of the story is, what? It’s NOT boycott MEChA, that’s for sure! Maybe students should just try to pick up some manners when you ask professionals for help, support, whatever… So, that’s what happened! Like my new homie out at MESA Community College, the guy in MEChA who makes the fliers, “Stiven” (thats… kind of his name) told me, ‘MECHA ROCKS YOUR PINCHE FACE!”
Yesterday at 9:04pm · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz On the much brighter side: Tomorrow is the revelation of my formerly TOP SECRET Project for MALDEF: I drew a 20 page full color Comic Book on the 2010 Census, encouraging Raza to complete their Census forms, and it’s being distributed through LA OPINION starting Monday, (100, 000 copies!) and nationally, and an English language version is on the way.
Yesterday at 9:31pm · Comment · Like
Anna Diaz Villela Lalo-MEChA did not go on a power trip; all we did was ask you nicely to please take down your sign (that you said was a joke from a previous event) in order to have equality and inclusivity among all artists and performers. All participants were a crucial part of Arte de la Calle. If you felt offended, I do apologize, but that was not our intention to do so.
about an hour ago · Comment · Like
Anna Diaz Villela These types of situations should be reminders that if one has success that they should also have humility and be respectful of all expressions of art; no one is better or less of person, we are all equal. As former MEChistA, you should remember that carnarlismo and hermandad are some of the key concepts in the MEChA ph…ilosophy, and as a comunidad, we should be working together, learn from our struggles, and grow with each experience that we encounter.
Anna Diaz Villela We, MEChA de CSUF, respect you as an artist and your contributions to the community, and we ask to you be to respectful as well by not writing about this experience which can hinder the struggle that MEChistAs across the country have worked for many years because it would be another reason for marginalization of the fe…w socially and politically conscious organizations on campus by the higher powers at each institution.
about an hour ago · Comment · Like
Anna Diaz Villela If there is any way to resolve this, we are gladly to have a discussion between yourself and MEChA de CSUF.
Anna Diaz Villela
External Rep for MEChA de CSUF
about an hour ago · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz Dear Anna from CSUF MEChA: How could you let your MEChA friend talk to me like that? We were having such a pleasant time discussing Nayarit and how you don’t claim the OC, and you guys came at me like good cop/bad cop, and it seems you guys didn’t care I had come all the way from Arizona to be there, and you spoke to m…e like I was some kind of spotlight hogging child.
28 minutes ago · Comment · Like
Lalo Alcaraz How about to resolve this little situation that hurts the image of Raza college students(not just MEChA), next time you host artists and ask professionals to donate time and effort, BEND OVER BACKWARDS AND BE SUPER NICE AND UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATIVE AND DON’T TELL THEM WHAT TO DO, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THEM. Tha…t would make me happy. And don’t lecture them about MEChA and carnalismo on their Facebook page…
25 minutes ago · Comment · Like