MEChA changes name to one members can pronounce

by Moctezuma Cortés on May 3, 2012 in El Now, Pocho Ñews Service

(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON D.C.) The board of the historic student organization MEChA voted Wednesday to change the group’s name to something easier for its members to pronounce.

MEChA was born during the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, and its name — Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán — was an artifact of its 1960s’ genesis. But Xicano activism waned in the ensuing decades; every year since 1968, for example, the number of baby girls named Xochitl has declined.

Members are no longer interested in getting back to their Nahuatl roots and Los Angeles local chapter male co-chair David Hernandez told PNS that there’s no need. “I mean, I already am from Aztlán, Whittier, you know? And we don’t speak Spanish here,” he said.

For several years, members of this Latino student organization have been unable to either pronounce the group’s full name or tell others what the acronym stands for. Thus, a change of name.

“We feel that the new name reflects our current place in this country better than the old Chicano name,” said MEChA female co-chair, Vanessa García. “It’s not just easier to pronounce, but it’s more friendly to non-Latinos, whom we are trying to recruit.”

The group’s new name, Movement to Ease Chicano/Hispanic Assimilation reflects the change from its original mission of promoting education and the study of history of Latinos in the U.S.

García told PNS this is because that most members only joined to add another extracurricular activity to their resume.

When some students still reported some difficulty in pronouncing the acronym MEChA, members voted to further change the acronym of the group to something even easier. After a short discussion they voted to change the name to Movement to Ease Hispanicness, or “MEH.”

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{ 16 comments }

Gris May 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Daaaaaang! Mero chingadazo con esta apredada!!

Carlos Hernandez May 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Moctezuma Cortez, I suggest you put your Spaniard armor back on so you can continue your “divide and conquer” agenda on your own. Way to attack and criticize groups like MEChA instead of trying to build unity. Kiss my ass

Kasper Santana-Hernandez May 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

^^Agree with above comment

carlos May 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

LMAO – you had me at “reporting from washington dc”.

MEXISTA FOR LIFE May 3, 2012 at 12:17 PM

For Reals???? Look, first off the word Hispanic is an Anglo-Saxon term for all of suppose Spanish decent that are from Mexico and central America while being Chicano doesn’t mean that you are of Mexican decent only, it is an ideal to hold true Justice! Liberty! Freedom! Fight for Equality in Education, in reforms, in laws, always to stand up for what is true and right!! And so much more….one cannot just change the Name of MEChA, it is historic and stand for so much more. So changing the name is a disgrace, know Ur history! This article turned my stomach upside down! You can keep your name MEH but DO NOT ASSOCIATED WITH MECHA! We are not here to be assimilated but to celebrate our differences in a country that is suppose to stand for liberty and freedom!!

ISABEL May 3, 2012 at 7:09 PM

there you go! Mexista for Life, you know what you’re talking about!! it’s refreshing to see a good-written and well thought out comment!!

DubV May 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Lol its funny all these Mechistas and alumni get offended when people call them out, Mecha is institutionalized, there no more revolution, Jajaja “Hey Xican@s, don’t forget to laugh

ElManConElPlan May 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Having served in every position of ELAC MECHA 20 years ago, including Cargador de L@s Gord@s 2 Statewides Chair, DJ Por Las Pachangas Chair, & Late Night King Taco Munchies Runner Chair, I will not support such a name change. I’m mean what I’m suppose 2 do with the MOVIMIENTO ESTUDIANTIL CHICANO DÉ AZTLAN tattoo that’s written all around my third level from my waist lonja? Anyhow, I guess it’s not that bad. I mean, I’ve got already got MEH most appropriately tattooed above my crouch! U remember, don’t you PNS?

Brent Beltran May 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Some Mechistas are satirically deficient.

El Che! May 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

There’s an app for that.

Gustavo Arellano May 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It’s called Pocho.com!

tc626 May 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

April fools was a long time ago. Don’t believe this gente. its just a dumbass prick trying to be all funny by making it seemed that a certain M.E.Ch.A. chapter is trying to change the name to “M.E.H.”

Hugo Hernandez May 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I fuk@”? LOVE it! Very red onion!….but brown of course. Keep pissing people off! Thanks. You touched a nerve!

Ching-a-DOH! May 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

All you hater comment leavers need to lighten up (no pun intended).

Pocho is a humor and satire site. Read the fine print at the bottom of this article. [“Pocho Ñews Service PNS is a wholly-fictitious subsidiary of Pochismo, Inc”]

Don’t be so self-righteous that you forget to laugh a little too.

MEH! ja ja ja

Gris May 4, 2012 at 6:47 PM

That kat Brent Beltran has the right idea, and some readers might need a dictionary near them when they read the word “satire.”

Si les chingo la apedrada, pues para la otra agaaaachense! Humor is healing, and well then…laughing is just plain human.

I wish there were “Like” and “Este guey esta bien pen…sativo” buttons on these comments.

Sorry to have piggy backed your comment, but it makes so much sense 🙂

O.G. Xicano May 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I think reporter Moctezuma Cortes makes a valid point, especially re: names.

Personally, I think it was a mistake to name my first son Homocacapitl

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