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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

MEChA de Cal State Fullerton Hosts Talk on Contentious Name Change Vote

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

An iconic emblem of an eagle with the lit fuse of a dynamite stick clenched in its beak and a macuahuitl fastened by its talons is painted on the wall of a student activist meeting room at Cal State Fullerton. It symbolizes the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán–better known by its acronym MEChA for the past 50 years. These days, an “X” drawn on a piece of paper is taped over to make the art read “Chicanx,” updating the identity with proper gender neutrality. Only, that’s not the change that has many former Mechistas and community members up in arms after a majority of chapters, including Cal State Fullerton, voted at MEChA’s national conference at UCLA in late March to strike “Chicanx” and “Aztlán” from the legacy organization’s name

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