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East L.A. walkouts

The East Los Angeles Walkouts or Chicano Blowouts were a series of 1968 protests against unequal conditions in Vietnam War and the ongoing civil rights campaigns of the Chicano Movement.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Aftermath 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Background

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mexican Americans took part in the national quest for civil rights, fighting important court battles and building social and political movements. Mexican American youth in particular became politicized, having taken advantage of the many opportunities their parents never had.

In a radio interview, Moctesuma Esparza, one of the original walkout organizers, talked about his experiences as a high school student fighting for Chicano rights. Esparza first became involved in activism in 1965 after attending a youth leadership conference. He helped organize a group of Chicano teenagers, Young Citizens for Community Action. This group eventually evolved into Young Chicanos For Community Action, then later the

  • Movie About East LA Walkouts and Brown Berets Begins Filming
  • Walkout at the Internet Movie Database
  • DEMOCRACY NOW: Walkout: The True Story of the Historic 1968 Chicano Student Walkout in East L.A.

External links

  1. ^ Walkout: The True Story of the Historic 1968 Chicano Student Walkout in East L.A.
  2. ^ The Santa Barbara Independent UCSB Conference Looks at 1968 East LA Walkout
  3. ^ "Walkout" recalls key event in Chicano history

References

See also

The student actions of 1968 inspired later protests that used similar tactics, including the 1994 student walkouts against California Proposition 187, the 2006 student walkouts against H.R. 4437, the 2009 walkouts against Arizona's SB1070 as well as the walkouts in 2007 for the recognition of the Cesar Chavez holiday.[3]

Many of the student organizers became prominent in their fields. Moctesuma Esparza, one of the 13 accused, became a successful film producer and went on to open doors for Mexican Americans in Hollywood. Harry Gamboa, Jr. became an artist and writer. Carlos Montes, a Brown Berets Minister, was charged with arson at a hotel during the Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War. Paula Crisostomo went on to prominence in the school system, where she continues to fight for reform. Vicky Castro went on to serve on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Carlos Muñoz, Jr., went on to a distinguished teaching and research career at the University of California, Berkeley.[2]

Aftermath

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