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  1. Mela

    Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA), started in 1986, as a group of Latina mothers to fight the proposed construction of a state prison in East Los Angeles by Governor George Deukmejian. Rosa Diseno, Lucy Ramos, Mary Lou Trevis and Aurora Castillo are some of the founding mothers among the 400-member group. Two organizations exist today who originate from the same founding members, one organization being the Mothers of East LA and the other being Madres de Este Los Angeles, Santa Isabel. Both groups are primarily focused on environmental justice because they are mothers who have coalesced around something of immediate importance to them, the safety of their families and children". They are known nationally for their victory over the proposed state prison in East L.A. which later lead MELA to take on many issues that have affected their environment and quality of life and has been unceasing in their dedication to protect their community from other projects they perceive as harmful.


  1. Mela

    Mela is a Sanskrit word meaning 'gathering' or 'to meet' or a 'fair'. It is used in the Indian subcontinent for all sizes of gatherings and can be religious, commercial, cultural or sport-related. In rural traditions melas or village fairs were of great importance. This led to their export around the world by south Asian diaspora communities wishing to bring something of that tradition to their new countries. In recent times "Mela" also popularly refers to shows and exhibitions. It can be theme-based, promoting a particular culture, art or skill. Generally in "melas" people can find eateries, entertainment activities, shops and games. The Kumbh Mela, held every twelve years, at Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain is one of the largest fairs in India, where over 60 million people gathered in January 2001, making it the largest gathering anywhere in the world.

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  1. MELA

    What does MELA stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the MELA acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

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  1. MELA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mela is ranked #74375 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mela surname appeared 260 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mela.

    74.2% or 193 total occurrences were White.
    13.8% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    6.9% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.4% or 9 total occurrences were Black.

Anagrams for mela »

  1. lame

  2. alme

  3. meal

  4. leam

  5. alem

  6. male

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mela in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mela in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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