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The FOR Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation (FCCSF) works toward equality for Chicanos, Mexican Americans, immigrants with or without documents and other Latinos in higher education and society in general. The mission of the foundation is to agitate the community to take back its history. In 1836 and again in 1848, Euro-Americans adventurers and squatters, receiving material aid and military support from the United States government, invaded Mexico, claiming and occupying over more than 50 percent of its land. These historical events resulted in colonialism during the 19th Century, leaving a legacy of hate that has contributed to the continued inequality on both sides of the border.
The FCCSC wants to contribute to the community's intellectual understanding of U.S. history and its institutions. Large waves of working class Mexicans and Central Americans have migrated to the United States since 1979. This has led to an irrational antagonism toward immigrants. Hence, it is necessary for the Chicana/o community to become more proactive in fighting for the rights of the foreign born. At the same time, immigrants must be made more aware of their rights in this country, and that the Chicana/o and Mexican American generations fought and won these rights. We are all part of this civil rights heritage; they are the foundation of our entitlements and protections under the law. The sacrifices of the Mexican American and Chicano generations ended
segregation; they made possible the admittance of large numbers of Mexican and Latino students into higher education.
The Chicana/o community must form its own institutions to fight its battles in the courts and in the arena of public opinion. The foundation supports victims of discrimination who want "to fight back" and refuse to be passive litigants. It wants to raise funds for financial support for students and donate a minimum of $9,000 annually for scholarships. This web site takes the first steps in creating an online research journal to promote these ends; the access to knowledge is a right, and by making research available to the community, the foundation gives the community a weapon to counteract the rampant ethnocentrism in society. Open access to higher education is a right for all, and articles will appear reviewing and critiquing Chicana/o studies and institutions of higher learning. Aside from racism, the foundation opposes all forms of sexism and homophobia. Through the truth we hope to motivate the community to fight back!
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Empire Zinc Strike, Hanover, New Mexico,
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Clinton E. Jencks Collection
Los Mineros Photographs, Arizona State University
The FOR Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation was initially founded to fight discrimination in higher education. The failure of academe to hire Mexican American professors was and is due to racism. Witness that Latino students make up almost 40 percent of California’s K through 12 students, and only about 3 percent of the
professors at the University of California and California State University professors are of Mexican extraction. The number of Mexican-origin doctoral students has also declined in the past decade.
The Foundation was formed in 1996 by volunteers and activists who supported Dr. Rodolfo F. Acuña’s successful discrimination suit against the University of California Santa Barbara. They formed a nonprofit foundation to the victims of discrimination in higher education. In addition to providing a support network, the FOR Chicana/Chicano Studies gave out grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to individual plaintiffs to pay for costs such as court filing costs, paying for depositions and the like. The purpose was to help victims take control of their professional lives and force academe to comply with state and federal discrimination laws. Unfortunately, we failed to garner public support and most plaintiffs were not in a position to wage political fights. Supreme Court decisions also made justice an illusion. So in 2008, we expanded our mission to the awarding scholarships to students regardless their immigration status, and made plans to launch Chicana/o Studies Public Scholar Journal.
The First Annual National Conference on Latino and African American Race Relations May 30, 2006
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