NOW ONLINE: La Nueva Raza barrio resistance news archive shares Texas Mexicanx/Xicanx history (2004-2009)
Announcing the release of the La Nueva Raza news archive, a multimedia platform that engaged barrio resistance movements from Texas and the Southwest from 2004-2009.
La Nueva Raza was a multimedia project born out of a series of meetings starting in 2002 where members of the Chicano-movement era La Raza Unida party and other interested folks began to reconvene in Texas. This multimedia news project originally started as a website and quarterly printed newspaper, which, since its inception was distributed physically across the Southwest and northern Mexico.
In the beginning, several volunteers came together to weave a statewide multimedia network to share under-reported news affecting our communities. They were quickly joined by numerous voices from across the borderlands in producing news articles and art conveying an independent and progressive discourse for our gente. The intention was to offer a platform to overcome media blackout of community issues by passing the mic to the community at the center of a struggle, as well as offering solutions for the challenges facing the broader Mexicanx/Xicanx community at the local, state, and national levels.
La Nueva Raza was a name that was agreed upon but its intent and effect reached far beyond the idea of a “new race.” In Texas, the term “raza” is/was used within our community as a term (that is defiantly not in English) that we use to describe ourselves as brown peoples. Despite the current academic debates on identity politics around Eurocentricity or mestizaje that “nueva raza” may evoke, the term “raza” (in Texas at the time of this series of historical gatherings) was not a word commonly used in the context of highlighting Spanish heritage or mestizaje. At the time, it was a word that made racist white people scared. It was a word that at times made our own people scared, because of the linguistic defiance it presented when inserted into English language conversations on race or identity. It was simply the best word we had to define ourselves at the moment.
The project lasted five years and reached barrios, schools, and homes across the borderlands. The network included the print paper, daily/weekly emails, and a website.
The original website no longer exists but a surrogate website is currently active and holds over 1,000 articles.
In the archive, you will find a PDF collection (almost all) of the printed newspapers. At the bottom, you will find the email archive for the listserv.
Note: The email compilation was difficult to compile because of it’s age (and having been on Yahoo) but from this document, important dates, issues, and events can be studied.
The La Nueva Raza news Yahoogroups listserv archive is available for viewing and download in PDF. Click on the image below to view, print, or save the archive.