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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
April 2012 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf� Cultura's mission is to promote unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim oral and written traditions, and become leaders in their communities. 

We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits.  This newsletter helps us keep you informed of the increased number of performances, events, and workshops we are organizing. Please review and support the list of events below. 

Cafe Cultura & Su Teatro presents ReclAim



this Friday (4/13/12)

@ Su Teatro 

Spread the word...Bring your family & friends!!!!! 

Cafe Cultura & Su Teatro presents


ReclAim...our stories
        ReZist...Ethnic Studies

& Book Ban
  A special Cafe Cultura @ a special location (Su Teatro)

Fundraiser to benefit Ethnic Studies programs in Tucson
(for more info, videos, & resources) 


Open Mic, food, vendors, readings from banned books, book giveaway, & community!    





Note: Make sure to come early to sign up and get a good seat. As always, we welcome anybody who is willing to help in the organization of the event. 


WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month (April 13th, May 11th)

--->6:30pm to 10:00pm

WHERE: Su Teatro (721 Santa Fe Dr)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3-$20 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

-April Features:
--->Screening of Award-Winning Film..."Precious Knowledge": "With over 50 percent of Latino students failing to graduate nationwide, Precious Knowledge walks the viewers through the relentless battle over several years by headstrong anti-ethnic-studies extremists in Arizona to outlaw Tucson's Mexican American Studies (MAS) program. Based in six Tucson high schools, the MAS program graduates 93 percent of its college-bound students...With unprecedented access to the classroom, Precious Knowledge allows the viewer to understand the role of culturally-relevant material and critical pedagogy that challenge the student to read the word, and the world...We meet students who emerge as their own advocates to not only defend their right to a decent education, but their very existence and cultural heritage."(from Article about Film in The Huffington Post)

---->Jose Gonzalez: Teacher from Tucson's Mexican American Studies program 

(for more info, videos, & resources) 


Precious Knowledge - Trailer
Precious Knowledge - Trailer


Daily Show Special: Tucson's Mexican American Studies Program 

 (hilarious & sad)  


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Special Invite to Educators & Youth Advocates

Cafe Cultura is offering an opportunity for educators & youth advocates to participate in a special pre-event discussion with Jose Gonzalez (teacher from Tucson's Mexican American Studies Department) on Friday, April 13th @ 5pm at Su Teatro (721 Santa Fe Dr). Question for discussion:

How do we implement effective & culturally relevant education for our youth?
@ CSU Ft. Collins

@ Metro

From press release:


Friday, April 27th, 2012

MSCD-JTOH Caf� Cultura 

W /Michael Heralda 

St. Cajetan's Church

1298 Lawrence Way.

Denver, CO 80204

6:00 P.M.


On Friday April 27, a spectacular evening event will include MSCD Caf� Cultura, featuring an open mic poetry slam in honor of the late poet Mauricio Saravia, who died of a rare disease at the age of 39 after establishing an art school for inner city children in the Denver area. Poets from the Caf� Cultura perform alongside Michael Heralda, students,  and community musicians to celebrate poetry. Pizza, beverages, and desert will be served. All poets and "hope to be poets" welcome to read!

Scheduled Programs & Updates
-Cafe Cultura presents ReclAim ReZist this Friday-
-Special Invite to Educators & Youth Advocates-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Help fund our workshops-
-Exciting Updates-
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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
P.O. Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211-1791

Workshops for Youth

We had the honor to present our spoken word/poetry workshop to youth at the Colorado Queer Youth Summit. We will do the same at the Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival on April 24th at St. Cajetan's on the Auraria campus from 9:30 to 10:45am as well as at the La Raza Youth Leadership Conference on April 28th  (see We will also work with 7th graders from Carbondale and students at Littleton HS. If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.

Our workshops at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School and The Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton continue to be rewarding. Here is a sample of what they've produced:


"I am the strength of a brown woman who defends her country.

I come from a rancho where all the mujeres wear braids that look like ropes in their hair.

Our hair is as long as our story.

I will never forget how they sacrificed for me."


We are taking steps to publish chapbooks from each group and would appreciate your financial support (see below for details)...



Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates from our workshops...

Help fund our workshops and support young people in telling their stories...

Cafe Cultura - Colfax Marathon (May 20, 2012)
Running for Creative Expression

Click here to donate online

Members of the Cafe Cultura Collective will be running in the Colfax Marathon on May 20, 2012 to fundraise for our increased work in the community...specifically to conduct more spoken word workshops for youth and publish their work.

If you are interested in joining us as a runner (options: 5k, 10 miler, half-marathon, marathon, 5 member team relay) or volunteer, let us know (you get special perks/gifts). So far, Alejandro Jimenez, Hannabah Blue, Derek Brown, Jozer, & Ara Cruz will be running in the half-marathon (13.1 miles).

Exciting Updates

-Great news! We received the 2012 Cesar Chavez Organization Leadership Award for our work in the community over the last 7 1/2 years. Cafe Cultura Collective members Eden, Derek Brown, & Ara Cruz were honored to accept the award on behalf of Cafe Cultura.

-Cafe Cultura officially elected a Board of Directors in order to guide us through our transition as a nonprofit organization. Board members include: Desirea LaMotte (Co-Chair), Derek Brown (Co-Chair), Marisela Zepeda (Treasurer), Hannabah Blue (Secretary), and Nicole Dickinson. We also selected our Director: Ara Cruz. We look forward to the leadership they will provide as we continue to serve our communities.

-Cafe Cultura Collective members had the honor of hosting a Cafe Cultura open mic during the 2012 Women of World Poetry Slam and at KIPP Denver Collegiate HS. We also performed for CU's Ethnic Living and Learning Community Studies Program.

-We have more merchandise (t-shirts, stickers, earrings, etc).

-We will once again host our summer edition of Cafe Cultura ("Art in the Park") at La Alma/Lincoln Park Amphitheater during June, July, & August. Look for a flyer announcing those details.

-We need your help: We're still distributing Cafe Cultura Collective Compilation books to local schools and organizations working with youth (especially to those serving mostly Native & Chican@/Raza youth) free of charge. If you're interested or know of contacts, send us an email ( We'd definitely appreciate it...
Compilation Cover
-Website!!!: We are excited to have an incredible website soon (

For now, you'll find links to our facebook page and our previous newsletters.