UChicago MEChA

Who is M.E.Ch.A?

El Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) is part of a larger movement and our specific M.E.Ch.A. chapter is both an activist and cultural recognized student organization, that uses community service, political involvement and education as a means for change. M.E.Ch.A. is not only open to Chicana/o or Latina/o students but also to anyone who identifies with and commits themselves to promoting culture, history and higher education as devices of change among the oppressed.


Our weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:00PM in OMSA: 5710 S. Woodlawn

Donations are always welcome! Mail checks to 5706 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
Payable to: The University of Chicago- M.E.Ch.A

Monday, November 8, 2010


Thanks to everyone who joined us for our annual Dia De Los Muertos event, it was a great success!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Officers 2010-2011


Co-Chair

Cindy Agustín
4th Year- Comparative Human Development
Chicago, IL
cagustin@uchicago.edu






Co-Ch
air
Lupe Leon
3rd Year- Political Science
Phoenix, AZ

guadalupel103@uchicago.edu








Secretary
Nancy Pantoja
2nd Year- Psychology
Chicago, IL
npantoja@uchicago.e
du






Treasurer
Eric Bejarano
2nd Year

Los Angeles, CA

ericbejarano@gmail.com






Community Engagement Chair
Oscar
Martinez
2nd Year- Political Science/International Studies

Chicago, IL

oscar
muc13@gmail.com






Publicity Chair
Juan Guevara

2nd Year

joguevara1@gmail.com








Historian
Melissa Chaidez
3rd Year- Comparative Human Development
Chicago, IL
mchaidez@uchica
go.edu

Sunday, May 16, 2010

UChicago Coalition for Immigrant Rights

MEChA at the University of Chicago has been actively working in partnership with the newly registered student organization UChicago Coaltion for Immigrant Rights, a student group serving as part of the local, state, and national movement for comprehensive immigration reform.


UChicago Coalition for Immigrant Rights (UCIRR) is a student group meant to educate various communities on the immigrant experience and its history. The group uses this as background to stress the importance for modern day immigration reform with projects carried out in conjunction with partner organizations in Chicago and across the U.S. UCCIR has also initiated local campus projects to push for university support of aid for undocumented students.


Latest events:


EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY RALLY


Chicago Students Launch Statewide Week of Action
Starting with University of Chicago Tuesday May 18th @ 12 noon on the main quads (Ellis and 58th)

Each year, 65,000 students graduate from American high schools without having the realistic possibility to attend college

2 million undocumented minors in the U.S. equals 2 million minds that will be prevented from furthering their knowledge through attending college

University of Chicago Coalition for Immigrant Rights Presents:
"Rally for Equal Access to Education For All Students"

Students around Chicago demand equal access to education for all students regardless of their legal status!

Come hear them talk!!

For further info contact Cindy, cagustin@uchicago.edu


and check out the facebook event!

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?profile=1&id=1158900583#!/event.php?eid=123356101016763&ref=ts

Monday, April 12, 2010

2010 Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Commemoration Week


Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Commemoration Week Presents:

"Latinos Unidos"


What is Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Commemoration Week?
M.E.Ch.A de University of Chicago continues the tradition of putting forth a weeklong commemoration in honor of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta who were leaders in the struggle for equality and justice. This commemoration week is constituted of five events that emphasize different aspects of Latino advancement; we take this event to heart. This year we will focus on education, labor, health, culture and community. Please join us in celebration!

Monday

Tuesday



Wednesday

GUEST SPEAKER: RUDY LOZANO JR.
Chicago Politician and Notable Community Activist
Wednesday, April 21st
Social Sciences 122
7:00-8:30PM



Thursday



Friday

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

See here for a link to our facebook event!
Any questions or comments please email mecha@lists.uchicago.edu

Monday, February 15, 2010

Aramark Updates!






First, thank you so much to all those who helped and reported back on the call-in today! As proof of its success, UChicago Aramark replied at 3:30pm TODAY wanting to set up a meeting with us!

But we're not through just yet. They also gave us the same spiel about how Aramark has been working with the CIW, which we already know isn't legit so aside from setting up a meeting with our Aramark reps...we're switching gears and calling up headquarters tomorrow and Thursday! We figured this time around we could make it specific to CEO Joseph Neubauer since he's on our Board of Trustees.

So now our script is looking a little something like this:

Hello, may I speak with Joseph Neubauer? My name is ______, and I am [insert affiliation/where you're calling from ]. I’m concerned that Aramark has yet to sign an agreement with the CIW to improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato workers.

In response to student demands, Aramark campus managers at The University of Chicago, where Aramark CEO Joseph Neubauer sits on the Board of Trustees, will soon be meeting with students to talk about these issues. But this is not the only step.

Until Aramark signs the agreement, the campaign against Aramark labor practices will continue. Thank you for your time.

These are the general numbers we want to call to ask for Neubauer:

215-238-3000
1-800-ARAMARK

But here are some more in case those for some reason don't go through:

215-238-7795 (Associate VP of Corporate Responsibility Robert Dennill)
215-413-8529 (Bruce Alperin, Senior Director of Marketing, Facility Services, Aramark Higher Education)
215-409-7320 (Nicole Handy, Human Resource Representative, Aramark Higher Education)

Check out Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213745354985&index=1


Spread the word and on behalf of the UofC, thank you so much!

Aramark Campaign








For more information please contact Vicko Alvarez lizardkueen@gmail.com

This message is to inform you that UofC will be having a call-in for the CIW Dine with Dignity Campaign this Tues, Wed, and Thurs and we'd love to have all of your support. We have two targets right now, the president of our University (Robert Zimmer) and our Aramark Dining Service provider. They still have not replied to our request to set up a meeting with them. We figured they could ignore our letter but they can't ignore all of our calls. Below is the script we wrote up. I believe the Aramark office and Zimmer's office close by 5pm central so if you could call one or the other (or both!) before then that would be great. Our campus also has the CEO of Aramark on our Board of Trustees so the more support at UofC the better.

Thank you so much and as always let me know if you have any questions!

In solidarity,
-Victoria
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Aramark Dining Services Phone Number: 773-834-8450 Hi, this is a message for the head manager at UChicago Aramark. My name is ________, and I’m a student at the University of Chicago. I’m calling in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a Florida-based farmworker organization. I’m concerned that Aramark has yet to sign an agreement with the CIW to improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato harvesters, especially since Aramark’s competitor, the Compass Group, signed just such an agreement in September 2009. It appears that Aramark is dragging its feet in responding to this issue and as a student of the university, I expect communication and association with the CIW workers to result in a signed agreement with the CIW as soon as possible to address the problem. I also request that you respond to students request to meet and discuss the issue at hand. Until this is carried through, the campaign against Aramark labor practices will continue. Thank you.



President Zimmer Phone Number: 773-702-8001
Hi, this a message for President Zimmer. My name is ________, and I’m a student at the University of Chicago. I’m calling in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a Florida-based farmworker organization. I’m concerned that the university has not addressed the problem concerning Aramark’s failure to improve CIW wages and working conditions for Florida tomato harvesters. Aramark has yet to sign an agreement to deal with the issue. The university’s affiliation with Aramark services reflects poorly on university principles and thus we insist in taking action against such unfair practices. It appears that Aramark is dragging its feet in responding to this issue and as a student of the university, I expect communication and association with the CIW workers to result in a signed agreement with the CIW as soon as possible to address the problem. I also request that you respond to students request to meet and discuss the issue at hand. Until this is carried through, the campaign against the university’s association with Aramark labor practices will continue. Thank you.