Recent Activity and Background
Prior to the September 11 attacks, the NOA announced that it created a
"La Raza Education Project on Palestine" and that it was forming an
alliance with the "international community that is seeking peace and
justice in Palestine." Despite such pronouncements, the level of the NOA’s
non-Internet based activity remains unclear.
In 1998, a group of ten people wearing masks, including Juan "Ralphy"
Avitia, a spokesman for the Nation of Aztlan at the time, burned a U.S. flag in
front of city hall in Fresno, California. In 1999 Carreon’s Imapcto2000, which
calls itself "a web site dedicated to the political and economic
empowerment of La Raza through the effective use of the World Wide Web,"
sent an anti-Semitic e-mail to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Hispanic rights activists revived the story of Aztlan in the 1960s. Beyond a
mere physical site, Aztlan has become a metaphor for the geographic, historical
and spiritual home of many indigenous people in the Southwest. The NOA seeks to
create a separate nation in the area now "occupied" roughly by
California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.