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Guest Speaker: Jesus "Chucho" Ruiz Vai Sevoi – Eudeve (Opata) Tlamanalcah
Son of Leonor and Juventino, partner of Maria Molina Vai Sevoi, and father of 6 children. Over the past 20 years, Chucho has transformed the lives of countless youth through a La Cultura Cura approach through grassroots organizing and youth engagement and later as an employee of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC). Additionally, Chucho has served as a central facilitator of la tradición through his affirmation and maintenance of Nahua cultural practices and way of life, commitment to social justice, and obligation to the Tucson community. Chucho has served as a central facilitator of la tradición Nahua within the Calpolli Teoxicalli, a constellation of Nahua familias in Tlamanalco. Chucho has always answered the call to meet the needs of the Chicana community as a cultural advisor, authentic community leader, and “barrio intellectual”. Chucho has worked to create indigenous solidarity by building intertribal relationships with indigenous communities across Turtle Island. In the last 5 years, Chucho has been intentional in engaging men and boys through his work with CPLC, implementing A Call To Men’s LiveRespect Healthy Manhood curriculum in several local high schools, and also collaborating with local organization Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse specifically, with Emerge’s Men Education Program as a co-facilitator. During the COVID 19 pandemic, Chucho began the CHANTLACAH O.G. (Homies, Original Gente) Virtual hangouts for young men/male-identified youth of color to discuss healthy manhood.