What is MEChA? | History | Being A MEChistA | Structure | Documents
Guiding Documents
MEChA has three guiding documents: El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan, El Plan de Santa Barbara, and the Philosophy of MEChA. These documents outline our principles and ideology, and help all MEChistAs work toward the common goal of uniting all Raza.
El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan
In 1969, the National Chicano Youth Conference's agenda was to begin the formation of an identity and an ideology for the Chicano Movement, the result of which was El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan. The plan concluded that what would truly solidify the Movement was the ideology of Chicano Nationalism. El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan states: "Nationalism, as the key to organization, transcends all religious, political, class, and economic faction boundaries. Nationalism is the common denominator that all members of La Raza can agree upon." In a word El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan, created and gave direction to the Chicano Movement. It is this document that we as MEChistAs look back upon as a reminder of why we continue to fight for social justice.
El Plan de Santa Barbara
As a result of the Chicano Coordinating Council on Higher Education held at UC, Santa Barbara, the goal of El Plan de Santa Barbara was to develop a master plan for the creation of a curriculum and the related structures and services that would facilitate Chicano/a access to institutions of higher learning. This was significant, because it was the first opportunity for Chicano/as to implement the ideas of El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan. El Plan de Santa Barbara set the framework for the establishment of Chicano Studies programs and the creation of MEChA, the student arm of el Movimiento Chicano/a that would keep la causa moving forward on school campuses.
Philosophy of MEChA
Like many orgnaizations, MEChA has had the unfortunate experience of being manipulated by opportunistic groups throughout its history, and these organizations did not always share in MEChA's philosophies. The power struggle between these organizations and MEChA divided many chapters on what MEChA's ideology was. In an attempt to define what it is that MEChA intended to do as an organization, the Philosophy Papers were created. The MEChA Philosophy established a set of principles, a structure that would allow MEChA chapters to have a common understanding of what MEChA stood for, and what it should be striving towards.

Governing Documents
Each MEChA Chapter is governed by its respective constitution, the constitution of its central, its region, the California Statewide MEChA Constitution (in the state of California), and finally the National MEChA Constitution. These documents govern our affairs and procedures, and must be abided by at all times, no exceptions.
Chapter Constitution: California State University, Chico MEChA Constitution

Central Constitution: Penutian MEChA Central Constitution

Regional Constitution: Alta Califas Norte MEChA Regional Constitution

Statewide Constitution: California Statewide MEChA Constitution

National Constitution: National MEChA Constitution