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Hello Friends:

I hope you are doing well. I am writing to share my latest project with you, a documentary on the legendary California bandido Tiburcio Vasquez.

Tiburcio Vasquez was born in Monterrey, California in 1835 and hanged by the state in 1875. Through Tiburcio¹s life, the film will examine the social and political circumstances that Chicanos lived under after the American takeover in 1848. It is vital for our progress as a community to know where we have been and to educate other ethnic groups about Chicano history.

My work-in-progress film, Tiburcio Vasquez: The Lost Bandido (watch trailer), is intended for national broadcast and educational distribution. It will provide an opportunity to document U.S. history from a perspective that is lacking in historical works of 18th century Western history, the Chicano¹s perspective. This film will also present a white American perspective through newspaper accounts, law enforcement officials and historians. There will be enough evidence presented for both sides that will allow the audience to decide whether Tiburcio was a dangerous cutthroat or a revolutionary and social bandit. (read treatment)

Unfortunately, I have been unable to secure the necessary funding from traditional sources to complete this project. Therefore, I am reaching out to the community for donations. With enough funds, I will be able to finish the documentary within a year.

Your generous contribution is appreciated.

Donate using Paypal

or please send check or money order to:
(payable to Chusma House Publications)

Chusma House Publications
Lost Bandido Fund
P.O. Box 467
San Jose, CA 95103

Please email your questions to

Please support Chicano literature by purchasing Chusma House Publications books. We have books by Jose Montoya, Gloria Velasquez, Jose Antonio Burciaga, Rafaela Castro, Alejandro Morales and many other Chicano and Chicana writers.

I am also currently working to secure enough funds to make available the nationally aired documentary Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam (information available on online for free access. I will contact you when it is available.

To order a copy of the 17th annual 2010 Raza Peace & Historical Calendar, please email Luis "Nacho" Quinones.

Thank you for your time. I hope you enjoy the trailer, and please forward this email to your friends and family.

Best Regards,
Charley Trujillo


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