"Dia de Los Muertos" or "Dia de Los Santos" is a day in which predominantly Latin American people come together celebrate the "Dead". It is a day full of reminiscing your past loved ones to show appreciation towards them.
On the Chico State campus we partner up with organizations to create a day to appreciate Nov 2 as the "Day of the Dead."
As you all could guess this day is dedicated to sharing the holiday spirit with a neighboring community named Hamilton City. Why Hamilton City? Their library's annual budget is under $50 dollars. Which gives a sense on how poorly their community is funded as a whole. Therefore we MEChistA;s create a committee dedicated to making this lovely day reality!
Our Annual Pozole Feed is a Fundraiser in which M.E.Ch.A y Amigos sell a traditional Mexican Soup as the main dish alone or in Combo. The purpose is to raise money for the Christmas Toy Drive Event that occurs every year as M.E.Ch.A teams up with Hamilton City Fire Dept. to Hand out Gifts to the low-income community.
A day to embrace the civil rights leader Cesar Estrada Chavez who organized persistently yet peacefully. His accomplishments in organizing unions towards the goal of securing a living wage for farm workers. His life was between April 23, 1993 March 31, 1927.
Unfortunately, many others who are not aware of this history treat this federal commemorative holiday as a day to celebrate in a way that embraces stereotypes about Mexicans. Every year as disrespectful actions occur, we as an organization fight and reject through education.
On March 31, as we celebrate his birth and legacy. M.ECh.A de Chico State Educate the Chico Community on what this day means to others and why it is not about drinking yourself to a coma.