east la walkouts

I Met History

Today I talked to history itself. I met and talked to el mero mero Moctesuma Esparza himself! Have you ever watched walkout? Pues ese mero! The producer and main activists from the East LA Walkouts! SO I was invited to this Tardeada for  profe who just received a Lifetime achievement award. At first I’m like ah thats hella awkward as I was invited by a third source. However, there we go. Little did I know I would gladly appreciate it! So many Chicanos from the movement were there present and in flesh! I got to meet Moctesuma Esparza and he talked about the funding of UMAS! He talked about where it started, a day in spring where she decided to grab all the Mexicans and take them to a meeting. First meeting there were about 70 students all fired up and passionate about the issues. “that meeting did something to me” said one of the first members who was there. Daaaamn. What an honor it is to meet someone who started it all. Someone who I learned about in movies and through articles. What an honor and privilege. Its crazy how they are just normal people who are continuing this fight. This is what continues to move me. This is why I will continue to fight this struggle…

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The Brown Berets, or “Los Boinas Marrones,” openly call for Chicano Power, which they articulate as a call for freedom, prosperity, and peace for Chicano people. The Brown Berets have been active across a range of specific issues important to Chicano communities, including efforts to promote educational equality, immigrant rights and marches against police brutality.

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Brown Berets/East LA Walkouts, 1968

Using their uniforms to express “Brown Pride,” the “Brown Berets” were young Chicano and Chicana activists who, like the Black Panthers, focused on issues such as unemployment, housing, food, and education. In order to call attention to the unequal educational system in East Los Angeles, the Brown Berets organized “blowouts,” where hundreds of Eastside Mexican American public schools students walked out of class the first week of March in protest of the inferior educational conditions in the school system.

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times