Wikipedia:WikiProject Mexican-Americans

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Overview and Scope

Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to Mexican-Americans and Chicanos. This page and its subpages contain their collaborative efforts and projects; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page. See the To Do List for current tasks that need attention. ¡Gracias!

This project encompasses all aspects of the experience of Mexican-Americans in the United States, such as culture, history, politics, and the arts. It covers the experience of the Hispano people, the descendents of the original Spanish and Novo-Spanish settlers of the Southwest, as well. Biographies of all people identified as either Mexican-American or Hispanic should always be included.

Goals

  1. Create a body of articles that accurately depicts the history and culture of Mexican Americans and Chicanos in the United States.
  2. Correct misinformation and bias found in Mexican-American and Chicano related articles. Many existing articles need expansion or complete rewrites, with many more sources, especially academic sources. Simply using good sources would counteract a great deal of the problems with these articles.
  3. Standardize articles on Mexican-American and Chicano subjects. They should have similar layout, formatting, etc.
  4. Include all relevant information, making especially certain to include the often underrepresented voices of women, the poor, indigenous peoples, and all the rest of the chusma (provide the information is properly sourced: Wikipedia cannot use information that is not recorded and readily accessible to scholars, no matter how vital it may be).
  5. Standardize the use of Spanish-language terms, names, and translations into English across the series.
  6. Promote Chicano, the Chicano Movement, and Mexican-American to featured article status.
  7. Add your goal ideas here, or discuss them on the Talk page.

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Participants

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Barnstars and other awards

Image What to type Description
Huelga Barnstar Hires.png {{subst:Huelga Award|message ~~~~}} The Huelga Barnstar, for significant contributions to Mexican American and Chicano (and Hispanic and Latino American) related articles or projects. "Huelga" means "strike", and is the name of the bird on the United Farm Workers flag, a symbol of Chicano culture in the US, and the most commonly recognized image related to the Mexican American and Chicano experience.
Con safos jalapeno.png {{subst:Con Safos Jalapeño|message ~~~~}} The Con Safos Jalapeño is the Hispanic and Latino American variant of the Kindness Campaign awards. "Con Safos" translates as "with respect" or "with safety"

To Do List

  • To Do List – This is our "to-do" list of tasks to be completed. The list includes requested articles, a complete list of Stub articles to be expanded, and other lists of articles which need attention.

Conventions, Assessments and Statistics

Conventions

Conventions

  • For the purposes of the project, a Mexican-American is defined as a person born in the United States having Mexican heritage, or any Mexican person who is active predominantly in the United States. A Chicano/a is anyone who identifies him/herself that way.
  • In biographies, identify the subject as either a Mexican American or a Chicano, depending on how that person identifies him/herself (since it is such an identity question)
  • Accentuation: In biographies, use accents if the subject him/herself used them in when spelling their name. (Eg. I think Cesar Chávez spelled his first name w/o an accent, because he was American and it was pronounced the same as "Caesar", while accentuating his Spanish surname-I'm not sure so I'd have to check up on this--but at any rate it helps us avoid relying on Library of Congress subject headings and allows for a measure of individuality.)
  • Spanish words/orgs with Spanish names: Should be italicized and followed by an English translation and approximation the first time they appear in an article. (?-open to suggestions on these and frankly all of these)
  • /Conventions – Direct link to page detailing the above conventions

Assessment

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Adopt an article

Similar to the Collaboration of the week, but on a smaller scale, you might want to "adopt" an article. This would involve doing the research, writing, and picture-taking (if possible) for either a non-existent article or a stub. Of course, everyone else can still edit an adopted article, and you can work on other things too, but the idea is to find a focus for a while, to try and build up the number of quality articles the Project has produced.

  • To list an adopted article here, add *[[Article name]]: [[User:User name]] (dd/mm/yy) below this line

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Talk pages

Type:{{WikiProject United States|class=|importance=|MexAm=yes|MexAm-importance=}} on an article's talk page to create an infobox identifying this project. It will generate the following:

WikiProject United States / Mexican-Americans  
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject United States, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of topics relating to the United States of America on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the ongoing discussions.
 ???  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
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This page is supported by WikiProject Mexican-Americans.
 

Userpages

Type: {{userbox|black|white|[[Image:Chicano Power-small.png|48px]]|This user identifies as a '''[[Chicano]]'''.}}

to produce:

Chicano Power-small.png This user identifies as a Chicano.




Type: {{userbox|black|white|[[Image:Chicano Power-small.png|48px]]|This user identifies as a '''[[Chicana]]'''.}}

to produce:

Chicano Power-small.png This user identifies as a Chicana.




Type {{User ChicanoProject}}

to produce:

Aztec calendar.svg This user is a member of the WikiProject Mexican Americans
& Chicanos.




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