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Old 09-14-2011
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The Chicano Movimiento Resource Center brings you "El Movimiento en Los Angeles: Origins & Legacy" 1968

Today, there is little doubt that Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Chicanos, Chicanas and Latinos have become a major force in the social, political and cultural life of Los Angeles and the United States. But to understand the development of this community as a powerful and vital part of American life, we need to understand the forces that fueled these dynamics. Our aim to bring out key features of the grass roots organizing against the cultural insensitivity, institutional racism and xenophobia of the time to encourage thinking and discussion that will bring insight and inspiration that strengthens our progressive movements of today!

This exhibit and photo essay explores this upsurge in Los Angeles focusing on its three largest grassroots mobilizations, the high school student walkouts of 1968, the anti Vietnam War Moratoriums, and the mass organizing of immigrants and other generations into the immigrant rights movement. The story is rooted in the community reaction to the 1960 Census which revealed that the population of Mexican Americans had grown to several million people who had the lowest levels of educational attainment who as a group, along with African Americans faced a second class economic, social and political status.

The highest concentration of Mexican Americans was in Los Angeles where some One Million resided and whose numbers were growing with high birth rates and increasing immigration from Mexico. The census and other studies showed that nearly 50% of Mexican American students were dropping out of school. Only 5% of Mexican American adult males worked in professions or highly skilled trades. The vast majority worked in manual labor and service jobs.

The stark realities persisted despite important breakthroughs in politics, civil rights, and community organizing with growing numbers in organized labor and an emerging professional middle class many of who went to college with GI benefits from service in World War II and the Korean conflict and the escalating Vietnam War.

The organized Mexican American community actively participated in the efforts that led to the passage of Civil rights legislation and judicial decisions and the beginning of a national War on Poverty.

When conservative backlash and the war in Southeast Asia began to undercut these gains, activists and much of the community, began realizing that without greater struggle another generation of La Raza (the people), would be regulated to its historic role of Mano De Obra Barata (Cheap Labor) y el pico y pala (pick and shovel jobs).

The grim statistics of the census, the farm workers revolt in the fields of California, and the escalating discontent amongsts the youth that witnessed the increasing casualties of young Chicanos in Vietnam, spurred an unprecedented mbolization for social justice from the mid sixties on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly basis in what became El Movimiento Chicano building upon and exteding the previous civil rights and labor movements of the previous generations of Mexican Americans.

1970 - 1972

"El Movimiento en Los Angeles: Origins and Legacy." A Project of the Chicano Movimiento Resource Center. (formerly the 40th Anniversary Commemoration Committe of the Chicano Moratoriums). Co-Sponsered by the Mexican Cultural Institute, COFEM and Jarritos.


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When I went to La Placita Olvera on Sunday, the person who did the above was there at the bottom portion of where the ART EXHIBIT is always.

I'm bumping it with this picture I had taken from there. There were WAAY too many portraits to take pictures of, so I took the BEST one of all, imo. =)~>

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