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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.

EMAIL: chicanomoratorium@gmail.com

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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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My friend who was out doing some research put here from the Midwest went to the openin reception of this exhibit. This building or the one adjacent to it was built on californian Indian graves. It's unfortunate that this was done as it's part of further erasing indigenous roots to this land that LA sits on.
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It's NEVER ERASED..as long as it's NOT FORGOTTEN.

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I highly doubt you know or would understand what I'm taking about.
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Don't underestimate the power of ANY mind.
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Some where in Manhattan, way down under some great skyscraper, is an American Indian burial ground. Shed a tear, if you like, but dry thine eyes in the wind ere you look to me. London, is built on a great Brit burial ground, Romans for centuries buried their dead under their homes or as close as they could get to under their homes. Some where, some how, whereever there is life; it is at the expense of some other's death. What is remembered? That is forgotten. The lamb remains a memory for the lion until the next lamb, Hector the lamb of Akillez, lives for ever. The lion Samson killed lives forever, the bees made honey in the lion's head, that honey no less sweet. St. Paul put it best in the first book of Corinthians Chapter 13 verse 10-13. (1 Cor. 13:10-13)

What has that got to do with the Chicano movement of Los Angeles? Dunno. Yet Suavecita, me thinks this movement may go back to 1929 when protests were held and Mexican Americans took the right to vote. Maybe this movement goes the Sleepy Lagoon Trials of the late '40's where the opposition said, "if one of them is guilty, they all are!" ...



one of them guys my coma's hermano.

Or still further back, when the Lancers of Los Angeles took the day from Kearny at the Battle of San Pascual ... giving Mexico her only victory of the Mexican American War.


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DAYUM..

that's tight man...thanks for sharing,

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