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WAR OF THE FLEA: THE FIGHT FOR XICANO STUDIES

FilM OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE

Our film War of the Flea fight for Xicano Studies  is about a group of rascuache college kids from a tiny town in the Midwest fighting for racial equality.  The backdrop is Michigan State University, a major Big 10 College in the 1990's and the first land grant university in the U.S. Michigan is largely a blue collar state dedicated to labor and workers.  At the time Xicana/o/x (pronounced Chicano) students were roughly 2% of the MSU undergraduate population before diversity was a 'thing' and yet managed to achieved what many adults could not: participation in the United Farm Worker Grape Boycott , a Xicano Studies Program, Scholarships,  and a Cesar Chavez Library Collection.

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The Usual Suspects

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As the Xicana/o/x and Latina/o/x community in the United States expands toward 60 million people, stories like this are important because they document the political life of our community and the contemporary political resistance of our people. This is a story of Xicana/o/x/Latino resistance that hasn't been told and is well documented. Your donation will help generations of young activists, and scholars write the first draft of history for our community.

Our film War of the Flea fight for Xicano Studies  is about a group of rascuache college kids from a tiny town in the Midwest fighting for racial equality.  The backdrop is Michigan 

State University, a major Big 10 College in the 1990's and the first land grant university in the U.S. Michigan is largely a blue collar state dedicated to labor and workers.  At the time Xicana/o/x (pronounced Chicano) students were roughly 2% of the MSU undergraduate population before diversity was a 'thing' and yet managed to achieved what many adults could not: participation in the United Farm Worker Grape Boycott , a Xicano Studies Programscholarships,  and a Cesar Chavez Library Collection.

 

We've done as much as we could on a shoestring budget relying on  friends, family and anyone who would help us . We've slept on couches, used friends' airline miles, driven thousands of miles, borrowed equipment, and spent precious time developing this story. Now we've reached the end of our camino (path).  In order to push this to the next level and finish, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

We're asking for donations to get us to our goal of $20K. This will help us obtain the resources we need to edit the video, and sound, and register this important historical recollection with film festivals around the world.This is a story of a giant (MSU, Agri-business) vs. the Flea (the Xicana/o/x, the marginalized opponent ) and the flea WON. Will you join us in our fight against institutional racism? Will you help us go down in the history books?

 

Will you help us tell a tale of GANAS (desire), grit, passion, love of self and community and DONATE to our cause?  This would mean the world to us and the Xicana/o/x community we serve. Did you learn about Xicana/o/x history in school? Us neither; help us tell this story so we can educate our community and youth. Given the outright hatred the Trump administration  and the mainstream media has shown for Mexicans and immigrants, the Xicana/o/x community must rely on ourselves to tell this story or it will NEVER be told.

 

This film is for every underserved human being, every person who's been overlooked, misjudged, dismissed, marginalized or told they cannot achieve their dreams. Here is a short presentation I did about the documentary. Please take a look . This important project celebrates the people's history.This very important project could have happened with the financial support of Prescott College . 

Story of an eight-year student movement that created, through direct action and persistence, a Xicano studies program at Michigan State University in the 1990s.

War of the Flea: The Fight for Xicano Studies is a real-life David v. Goliath story of Xicano students at Michigan State University. The film details their involvement with Movimiento Estudiantil Xicano de Aztlan (MEXA), agitation, and grassroots community organizing. It examines how they forced a major university to establish a Xicano/Latino Studies program despite their small numbers and how an increasingly marginalized community was barraged by attack after attack. This documentary chronicles the main events that changed the trajectory of their lives:

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Read more about the Fight for Xicano Studies at Michigan State University

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