La Voz de Aztlán_ (The Voice of Aztlán) is the Internet publication, or webzine, of the Nation of Aztlán, a secessionist organization based in Whittier, California. The organization’s chief objective is the formation of a country named Aztlán, which would be composed of present-day Mexico, parts of Oklahoma, and the entirety of Texas, New Mexico, California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. According to La Voz, “Aztlán” was the name of the Aztec homeland that supposedly existed in Mexico and the Southwestern United States prior to the Spanish conquest of 1519. The group now seeks to recapture this territory that it claims was “stolen” by white America.
La Voz, which launched its operations on January 1, 2000, is managed and edited by Hector Carreon, a former member of the radical Brown Berets and now the leader of the Nation of Aztlán. La Voz has earned a reputation for its hatred of whites, Jews, the United States, and Israel. Its articles commonly make reference to “La Raza” (“The Race”), a broad term signifying those whose ancestry is indigenous to the area of “Aztlán” and therefore worthy of respect, unlike whites in general, and Jews in particular.
La Voz has ties with MECha, the radical student group that supports open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, and U.S. recognition of Spanish as an official national language. La Voz believes that the United States (“the white industrial and agricultural complex [that] is addicted to cheap immigrant labor”) has racist reasons for opposing Mexican immigration. La Voz asserts that the economies of Southwestern states “would collapse if immigrants would stop working for one week.”
“Eventually,” says La Voz, “La Raza will overcome all these injustices. At that time we may be able to built [sic] our own ‘Monument to the Mexican Immigrant’ as was done [with the Statue of Liberty] in New York Harbor for the Europeans. Perhaps a huge Aztec Pyramid with a statue on the top would be in order. The monument could be built in Los Angeles which has the greatest number of Mexicans next to Mexico City.”
La Voz takes a particularly dim view of the U.S. criminal-justice system. “Police officers,” it says, “operate like military occupation forces in minority communities. Those who actually control the police appear to have hired ‘occupation administrators’ as the Nazis did with the ‘Judenrat’ in Germany.” La Voz further condemns “the wretched and unequal treatment that historically has been meted out against the Mexican-American soldier, marine, airman and sailor…. The USA military has pillaged and raped the American Indians and the Mexicans in the [S]outhwest in the same way they are now doing to the Iraqis. Even today, naive Latinas who join the U.S. Armed Forces are being brutalized and raped by racist Jews and white military personnel.”
After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, La Voz ran a series of articles supporting Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan‘s assertion that the catastrophic flooding of certain black neighborhoods was the result of a white plot to eliminate black people.
In addition to its anti-American hatred, another hallmark of La Voz is deep-seated anti-Semitism. A December 29, 2003 opinion piece noted the “synchronicity” surrounding the February 1, 2003 explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia, where “7 astronauts, one a Zionist Israeli, came raining down over the town of Palestine in Texas, the home state of President George Bush.” The article added: “God has cursed the Jews from time immemorial and they have been the curse of mankind since the beginning of written history.”
La Voz sees “great similarities between the political and economic condition of the Palestinians in occupied Palestine and that of La Raza in the Southwest United States. … The primary one of course is the fact that both La Raza and the Palestinians have been displaced by invaders that have utilized military means to conquer and occupy our territories.”
The La Voz website features a petition, addressed to President George W. Bush, demanding an end to U.S. aid for Israel. The website also contains a lengthy tribute to eight female Palestinian suicide bombers who killed many innocent Jewish civilians, describing them as “freedom fighters” who “made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and independence of the Palestinian people.” Moreover, La Voz has referred to the late Yasser Arafat as an “extraordinary courageous leader.”
La Voz is intolerant of Latinos who hold views that conflict with its own. One such individual is Linda Chavez, President George W. Bush’s original nominee for Secretary of Labor and an outspoken opponent of bilingual education and racial and ethnic preferences for minorities whom it called, an “extraordinary malinchista” (traitor) and a “coconut” (brown on the outside, white on the inside) similar to “the brutish Jewish female Kapos at Auschwitz who received special favors for sleeping with their Nazi masters.” La Voz accused Chavez of wanting “to relegate Latinos as working slaves for corporate America and the large agricultural and industrial conglomerates and at the same time … maintain the economic privileges of whites.” The publication compared her to black “‘Uncle Toms’ like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas” and “House Niggers” like former UC Regent Ward Connerly (a black opponent of affirmative action).
Immediately after September 11, 2001, La Voz said nothing about the terrorist attacks but rather condemned the “round’em up” and “string’em up” mentality with which Americans and their political leaders were allegedly reacting. Moreover, the publication blamed the U.S. itself for having provoked the attacks, in large measure through its close alliance with Israel.
La Voz impugns Americans’ allegedly “racist attitudes against the Arab peoples.” “The Arabs and Muslims have been demonized [through] years of mental programming through biased education and media propaganda,” says La Voz. “This kind of [anti-Arab] mentality is the same as when us Mexicans are called ‘spics,’ ‘beaners,’ and ‘wetbacks’ and Black Americans are called ‘niggers,’ ‘koons,’ or ‘mayates.'” The publication fiurther denounces the “perverse racists,” “religious bigots with a well defined political and economic agenda,” “Anglocentric xenophobes,” “right wing Fundamentalist Christians,” and “International Zionists” who “have launched a well funded global campaign to destroy the legacy of Islam and its contributions to world culture. … Leading the effort to demonize Islam are, of course, the International Zionists.”