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Photo of Tony Diaz, with some Banned Books in Arizona

“My first job as a child was to translate the outside world for my parents. Now, I translate our culture for the rest of the world.”
-Tony Diaz


Tony Diaz is leading one of several caravans from Texas to Arizona. Visit to learn more about him.  He is the founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say.  Tony Diaz “El Librotraficante” is a novelist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

 Arizona has banned Ethnic Studies books!

On March 2012, will be bringing contraband Latino and Mexican American books back into Arizona from Houston, California and elsewhere.

Some of the banned authors include Sandra Cisneros, Howard Zinn, Sherman Alexie, Shakespeare, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dagoberto Gilb, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Luise Alberto Urrea Manuel Muñoz, Rene Alegria, Roberto Rodriguez, Christine Granados, Diane Lopez, Zelen Suchlit, Elena Díaz Bjorkquist, Harbeer Sandhu, Lupe Mendez and Liana Lopez. Honoring their Tucson Cultural Heroes: Curtis Acosta, Sean Arce, UNIDOS, PIMA MECHA, Tucson High Mecha and others.

 This is a free speech issue.  It is about preserving our cultural histories in America for present and future generations. Many folks have endorsed this movement, including the Association of American Publishers.

Here are some of the authors supporting Librotraficante:  librotraficante Allies

Here is their caravan schedule

For more info. call:  (713)867-8943. Or visit Press Release and and list of Librotraficante libraries

If you would like to donate any novels or books by these authors to one of the libraries, please visit this website for their mailing addresses:

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About the Author:

RISHA is a freelance writer, visual artist (abstract painter), fiber artist, diversity consultant and educator. She is an Asian American Buddhist and a native of the USA. Her family has lived in America, since the 1800's. Risha has been a writer, educator and an author for decades. She has published a sociology and ethnic studies text (race and gender issues) with an academic press. She has also published many articles, along with some of her poems and paintings in art & literary journals ----- including "Asian Week", "Body Images" (Tufts University, Women's Center), "Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism," "The Asian American Encyclopedia", and other venues. Risha is a member of a few global, online art organizations and humanitarian groups; adviser on diversity issues and board member.
  • Cher Duncombe

    Risha, this is such an important issue. Thank you for raising awareness of book-banning. Where does it stop?

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  • It won’t stop if we’re silent…so, like Risha, we don’t plan to be silent. Thank you for spreading the word!!! As the wise TUSD MAS student Nicolas Dominguez requested, “Keep talking about it, to everyone you can.” You’ll be surprised by how many people don’t know this is happening.

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  • Risha

    Thanks, Librotraficante Lilo and Cher, for your comments. You’re welcome. Yes, this is an important free speech issue for writers, librarians, booksellers, authors, scholars and everyone. Thank you for sharing and working to educate folks.

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