Chicano Poet

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Message From Red Salmon Arts & Resistencia Bookstore

Austin,Texas--- from the Austin Chronicle

Local poet, activist, and Resistencia Bookstore founder Raúl Salinas passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 13, after a long illness. See next week's issue for remembrances from his friends and colleagues; see for up-to-date information on tributes, readings, and funeral arrangements.

Photo by Alan Pogue, courtesy of
Rene Valdez sent this message on behalf of Raúl's home base, Resistencia Bookstore, home of Casa de Red Salmon Arts. Valdez has been a longtime supporter and manager of the bookstore. A few more details here, including mention that there will also be an altar for Raúl at the bookstore, located at 1808 South First Street.
Saludos desde Resistencia Bookstore, Casa de Red Salmon Arts,
It is with great sadness we inform all of our community supporters, comrades, familia and colegas about the passing of our elder, teacher, father, chicanindio, and poeta revolutionario raúlrsalinas.
As you may know, for the past couple of years, raúl has been struggling with his health. We understand that it's difficult for us to let him go, but since the beginning of the year his health continued to be a major challenge. Unfortunately, his body just could not take the strain and was deteriorating at a rapid pace. Even though he has left this realm and it's a great loss para nuestro pueblo, his spirit is strong and lives on in all of us.
As his family provides more information, we will share it with everyone. For now this is just a notification of the passing of our brother. We will notify you about where you can send condolences, flowers, and cards as we get more information. An altar has been created in front of the bookstore on South First St. in Austin, Texas for now. We thank everyone for their good energy and support and prayers in this time of loss and mourning.


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