Friday, August 29, 2003

A Republican on MEChA: "It's bizarre to assume this is some kind of radical group."

Via a commenter at Atrios:

"It's bizarre to assume this is some kind of radical group, seeking to overthrow part of the United States," said Mike Madrid, who has worked on Latino affairs for the state Republican Party. "It was part of the Brown Beret and Chicano studies movement, but it's mainly a social group and has been for years. To suggest it's involved in paramilitary training or some underhanded conspiracy is ludicrous."


Plenty of Latino politicians and businesspeople were involved with MEChA during their college days, said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund.
"MEChA was basically the Hispanic student organization on campuses," said Vargas, who was a MEChA member at Stanford in the 1980s. "Anybody who had a sense of social activism and community involvement probably found their involvement through MEChA."

Republican attacks on MEChA are Prop 187 all over again - even if they're successful, they'll kill Republicans among Hispanic voters for another ten years.