El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan sets the theme that the Chicanos (La Raza de Bronze ) must use their nationalism as the key or common denominator for mass. El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan, drafted at the Denver Youth Conference of , was perhaps the single most important philosophical document. El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan [The Spiritual Plan of Aztlan] calls on Chicanos to assert their nationalism by mobilizing the masses and realizing a free, independent.

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The Chicano Movement was one of many movements of the late s and s, like the Black nationalism movement of the United States or aztlqn Black Consciousness Movement of South Africa, in which people of color in white-ruled societies adopted the ideas of nationalist liberation movements that had successfully overthrown colonial regimes in Africa and Asia.

Indigenous Philosophy in “El Plan Espiritual de Aztl├ín”

In a territory of the Mexican Cession where Mexican American history was often neglected in education, and where discrimination against and segregation of Astlan Americans was common, the idea of a program of decolonization had special resonance for young Mexican American activists, who called themselves “Chicanos” as a mark of pride.

The document was written by the poet and activist, Alurista.

One of the demands that was communicated in El Plan was that of control over Chicano communities by the Chicano people. It is clear that social justice movements that advocate for communities of color see the need for representation regarding the present and future of said communities.

When El Plan de Aztlan was introduced, there was also a strong initiative for the creation of Chicano Nationalism within communities, dubbed ‘ Raza Nationalism’. This was in response to the notion that there is a rejection of traditional Democratic and Republican political parties. El Plan states how nationalism is expiritual key to organization transcends all religious, political, class, and economic espirotual or boundaries. Nationalism is the common denominator that all members paln La Raza can agree upon.


It created a political middle ground for the Chicano movement and community. This also relates to the Raza Unida Partya political party that was centered around Chicano Nationalism which leaned toward democratic values. This list of Organizational goals is pulled espigitual from the El Plan de Aztlan document [2] itself. UNITY in the thinking of our people concerning the barrios, the pueblo, plwn campo, the land, the poor, the middle class, the professional-all committed to the liberation of La Raza.

Cultural background and values which ignore materialism and embrace humanism will contribute to the act of cooperative buying and the distribution of resources and production to sustain an economic base for healthy growth and development Lands rightfully ours will be fought for and defended.

Land and realty ownership will be acquired by the community for the people’s welfare. Economic ties of responsibility must be secured by nationalism and the Chicano defense units. Community control of our schools, our teachers, our administrators, our counselors, and our programs.

Restitution for past economic slavery, political exploitation, ethnic and cultural psychological destruction and denial of civil and human rights. Institutions in our community which do not serve the people have no place in the community.

The institutions belong to the people. The front line defense will come from the barrios, the campos, the pueblos, and the ranchitos. Their involvement as protectors of their people will be given respect and dignity.

Plan De Aztlan: Early Chicano Activism

They in turn offer their responsibility and their lives for their people. Those who place themselves in the front ranks for their people do so out of love and carnalismo.

Those pln which are fattened by our brothers to provide employment and political pork barrels for the gringo will do so only as acts of liberation and for La Causa. For the very young there will no longer be acts of juvenile delinquency, but revolutionary acts. Our culture unites and educates the family of La Raza towards liberation with one heart and one mind. We must insure that our writers, poets, musicians, and artists produce literature and art that is appealing to our people and relates to our revolutionary culture.


Our cultural values of life, family, and home will serve as a espirituall weapon to defeat the gringo dollar value system and encourage the process of love and brotherhood. Where we are a majority, we will control; where we are a minority, we will represent a pressure group; nationally, we will represent one party: La Familia de La Raza! During the conference, a young poet named Aluristaborn in Mexico but raised in San Diegotook esoiritual stage.

To a captivated audience, he read the aztoan.

In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal ” gringo ” invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.

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