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Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015 - Day 3 of NACCS Election

DEMOCRATIZATION… That was last night’s word, but also this morning’s word…  so as to make sure people know that it was not an April Fool’s joke. I have formally asked the NACCS leadership and board to extend voting privileges to all those NACCS members that pay their annual membership dues during the election cycle which is from March 31-April 14. The conference begins April 15. At the moment, the cut-off date for eligible voters was March 22. It’s a great way to expand the electorate and membership. Please make the same or similar request of them, as it would help equalize the election. And time is of the essence. Incidentally, the info re the election went down March 31 form the NACCS ( website and it is not back up.

I have been posting a daily message to the NACCS FB page. I also have everything archived at (, in case people need a further explanation re my continued rejection of my nomination for Chair-elect, year after year. This continues to be done with reasons that do not comport with the by-laws and a practice that leads to unopposed elections, which amounts to not having an election at all. Rather than sending the board members letters via email (their contact info is on their official website), perhaps a better strategy is to write open letters to them on the NACCS FB Page for everyone to see ( And remember, expanding the voter rolls is but the first step in DEMOCRATIZATION… it is the first step in ensuring that it is the membership that runs the organization. This upcoming conference is a great opportunity to transform all future conferences into tlahtokans or consultas, as the Zapatistas refer to them, which feature "leading by obeying." Again, thanks for the continued letters to the NACCS board and leadership.

“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.” Popul Vuh

Thanks and Sincerely
Roberto Rodriguez (Dr. Cintli)
Mexican American Studies, University of Arizona
520-271-6796 -

Here is the NACCS contact info. If you write a letter, ask questions, be respectful and please also post it on their FB page: (

Julia E. Curry Rodriguez, Ph.D. - San Jose State University
office: 408.924.5310

General Information or]
408-808-2097 - Kathryn Blackmer Reyes

Carlos Guerrero, Chair - Los Angeles City College

Nelia Olivencia, Chair Elect
University Wisconsin-Whitewater

Ed Muñoz, Secretary
University of Utah

Ann Marie Leimer, Treasurer
Midwestern State University

At Large Representatives
Irene Mata - Wellesley University

Armando Ibarra
University Wisconsin - Extension

Aureliano DeSoto
Metropolitan State University

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