Burn the Wagon Chapbook Series
Our city’s official logo proudly proclaims El Monte’s place at the “end of the Santa Fe Trail.” The white covered wagon at the center of the logo places white Americans as El Monte’s “pioneers.” Indigenous people that occupied these lands before and the Mexican, Latino, and Asian American migrants that arrived after are erased from El Monte’s logo and official historical narrative. Our cities museum and monuments affirm this hegemonic, racist, and outdated narrative. This history is completely irrelevant to Monte’s multiethnic present, and most importantly, to its future. We need to incinerate this white pioneer narrative and give life to one that is inclusive of all Monteros.
In 2012, the year of El Monte Centennial Celebration, SEMAP worked with the Mexico-city based archive and cultural center, La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote to create a new narratives of El Monte and South El Monte and to re-think how we build an archive and share historical knowledge. Since then we’ve interviewed our elders, digitized punk fliers, photographs, and archival documents related to our lost/white-washed murals from the 1960s/70s. We have also written more than thirty essays, which includes topics such as Toypurina and the Tongva, Anarchism in El Monte, the 1933 Berry Strike, Japanese internment, Legion Stadium, and Brown Beret and activist Gloria Arellanes. In addition, we’ve hosted talks, workshops, and lectures at local libraries, high schools, senior centers, and parks. Lastly, we’ve built a digital archive to make this knowledge accessible.
As our country turns to fascism, it is more important than ever to produce narratives and knowledge that honor our multiethnic past, that describe the challenges, struggles, and injustices that we’ve experienced, and that help us imagine and prepare for the future. It is in this spirit that we are collaborating with La Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote to produce the inter-disciplinary chapbook series “Burn the Wagon.” We hope you will join us.
Format/style is open and can include:
-manual/guide to resist deportation and eviction
Submissions are due July 1. Email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org as a word document. Include your name and contact info.
Print at La Casa: July 10th
Chapbook Release/Party early August
Payment: This is a self-funded and grassroots publishing effort, but we are happy to provide authors with copies.