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About

War of the Flea website is a website dedicated to bringing critical analysis of the contemporary colonial situation and how it affects the Xicanx/Indigenous/Latinx communities in the United States. The increasingly overt militarized nature of the attacks on our Indigenous communities across the hemisphere demand an intentional and critical analysis of events be undertaken. Our hope is that this website will become a clearinghouse for voices doing that work. 

Cecilia Olvera

War of the Flea & The Reality Dysfunction Team

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Ernesto Todd Mireles, Ph.D

Faculty at Prescott College where he teaches Xicano/Ethnic Studies and community organizing.His recently published book Insurgent Aztlan: the liberating power of cultural resistance is available on Amazon. 

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Alexandra Lozada

Dedicated to creating networks and making connections to improve the pipeline of Black and Latino students in higher education. Additionally, she is involved in implementing retention based strategies to close the performance and graduation gap for Black and Latino college students. She holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MA from New York University. As an undergraduate Alex found her political feminist voz and has been on a soap box ever since.  She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Francisco Tenox Lopez

A native of Mexico City, came north to Michigan in 1979. His participation in community organizing led him to serve the youth in Michigan and California as an educator for over 20 years. He holds degrees from Columbia College Chicago, Chapman University and Cal State San Bernardino.

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Rainer Delgado

Rainer Delgado is a Xicano from the Great Lakes region. He works in the telecommunication industry and is active in the labor movement. Most important to note is that he still knows where his towel is. 

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Daniel R. Soza III

Born and raised in Saginaw, MI and currently serves as the Director of Samaritas Community Center in Saginaw’s south side. Prior to that, he served as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America for 15 years.  He then attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. 

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Cecilia Olvera

Cecilia Olvera, MPAP, Pronouns-she/her: I am a Chicana, Native American woman from Saginaw, MI. I have a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy. My research interests include; non profit-government collaborations in consumer financial education and the foreclosure crisis in Detroit. Currently, I am a program coordinator for a nonprofit in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. I assist low to moderate income families with the education and financial assistance to save their homes from foreclosure. In my free time, I garden, bake, exercise, and volunteer with youth, survivors of abuse, and the undocumented communties.

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Juan Carlos Vega

Born en San Juan, Puerto Rico, currently diaspora Boricua, Activist Librarian, and equal rights bilingual advocate looking to change shit up at the local and national level. JC has been developing and implementing best practices for public health, schools and libraries, and grassroots initiatives to address how the lack of data, resources, and supermarkets directly affect the health, social and economic parity for LGBTQIGNC+, Latinx, Immigrant, and other POC.