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As for Florida and other southern states, we have found no information about any chapters in this part of the country despite the growing Mexican American presence on campuses and in the region’s cities. During the 1990s, MECh A experienced a decade of slow growth yet in the 2000s the organization saw an incredible upsurge of new chapters. Much like when MECh A was established, student mobilization has propelled and maintained the organization relevant for nearly fifty years.
But if MECh A’s geography was limited, its ability to survive and expand in California and other western states was remarkable. High schools students led the charge predominantly within California and likely attributed to the anti-immigration (H. A passage from MECh A's national website reads: ‘As Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán, we are a nationalist movement of Indigenous Gente that lay claim to the land that is ours by birthright.
One of the founding documents, "El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán", was drafted during this conference.
This document reflects the sentiment of the Latino/Chicano youth during an era of a turbulent social climate (especially in the wake of violence experienced by Latino youth from the US military and police during the Zoot Suit Riots).
A Mexican American Student Organization (MASO) was active at the University of Texas from 1967 until at least 1972 and students at St.
Mary’s College in San Antonio joined MAYO but there are no signs of MECh A chapters or other student groups in Texas until the mid-1980s.
The Mexican American Youth Organization was founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1967.
MECh A exists as over 400 loosely affiliated chapters within a national organization.The name "Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán" was already in use by a few groups, and the name was adopted by the conference attendees because of the importance of each of the words and as a means of transcending the regional nature of the multiple campus-based groups.Conference attendees also set the national agenda and drafted the Plan de Santa Bárbara, a pedagogic manifesto.Other early chapters were also established in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, and Indiana.In these years, new chapters were founded at universities and colleges exclusively.