Latino Targeted Banned Book Caravan Rolls Into Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Latino-focused “caravan of banned books” will drive into Austin on Friday as part of a three-day trip.

The demonstration, organized by the group Librotraficante (or “booksellers” in English) was to begin in Houston before traveling to San Antonio and then end in Austin with a march to the state capital of Texas.

The caravan comes in response to Texas schools removing books from library shelves deemed inappropriate by Republican lawmakers, some of which were written by Latino authors.

Organizers said they will have donated copies of banned books to faint during the event.

The group also calls for the implementation of Mexican American and ethnic studies in classrooms.

“Elected officials must make our art, history and culture more accessible to our community — no less,” said Librotraficante founder Tony Diaz.

The caravan will arrive at Sir Svante Palm Park in downtown Austin at 2pm

At 3 p.m., protesters, including members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), will march west along W. Cesar Chavez St. and Congress Ave. to the main building.

Look for updates to this story later in the day.

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