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LATINOPIA EVENT “1936 PECAN SHELLER’S STRIKE”

In 1937 San Antonio, Texas was the center of pecan production in the United States. More than 12,000 people worked at shelling pecans for America's markets. When management decided to cut back on … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2009 ACTIVIST REUNION 2

The Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s was in response to decades of discrimination and social inequality experienced by the Mexican American community in the Untied States. The … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2010 JAIME ESCALANTE MEMORIAL

Jaime Escalante (1930-2010) was a renowned mathematics teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. His teaching success inspired the motion picture Stand and Deliver, directed by Ramón … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1966 CRUSADE FOR JUSTICE

In 1966, Chicano activist Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales created a community based civil rights organization called the Crusade for Justice. Corky was disillusioned by traditional government agencies that … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1968 CON SAFOS 1

Today we take for granted the large body of Latino and Latina literature available in the United States. But back in 1960, there was no extensive body of literature to speak of. That all changed when … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1969 DENVER YOUTH CONFERENCE

Latino identity has always been a vexing question. Should we call ourselves Mexican Americans, Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Boricuas, Latinos, Hispanics? A historic moment of self-definition took place in … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 LIBROTRAFICANTES 3

On March 12, 2012, a caravan of social justice activists set out from Houston, Texas to Tucson, Arizona to deliver books to high school students that had been banned by the Tucson Unified  School … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 LIBROTRAFICANTES 5

On its way to Tucson, Arizona, the Librotraficantes Caravan of Censored Books stopped in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the librotraficantes received a warm welcome at the National Hispanic Cultural … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 LIBROTRAFICANTES 6

The Librotraficantes Banned Book Caravan left Houston, Texas on March 12, 2012.  After stops in San Antonio and El Paso, Texas, and Albuquerque , New Mexico, the caravan was ready to set out on the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 ANAYA ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

On April 20, 2012, acclaimed Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya was awarded the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles Times. This award recognizes a lifetime of achievement by a living … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2009 ACTIVISTS REUNION

In the 1960s, conditions for Mexican Americans and other Latinos in the United States were bleak. Latinos experienced high unemployment, poor housing, a 50% drop out rate at high schools where … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1972 LA RAZA UNIDA CONVENTION

Latinopia Events 1972 Raza Unida Convention from Latinopia.com on Vimeo. In 1969, a third American political party, whose membership was predominantly  Mexican American, was founded in Crystal … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1970 CHICANO PARK 2

In 1970, the City of San Diego reneged on its promise to allow the citizens of Logan Heights, a historic Chicano barrio, to utilize land under the recently completed Coronado Bridge to build a … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1970 CHICANO PARK 1

In 1970, the Coronado Bridge in San Diego had recently been completed and the city of San Diego had agreed to allow the residents of the Logan Heights barrio to use the land under the bridge as a … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1969 CHICANO STUDIES CREATED

The Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University Northridge was created in the Spring of 1969 following turbulent protests by African American and Mexican American students … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1967 CON SAFOS 2

Con Safos Magazine, a daring and irreverant literary magazine featuring the writings of Latino authors was first published in 1967 under the stewardship of Ralph "Rafas" López and Arturo "Tudi" … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1967 TIERRA AMARILLA COURTHOUSE RAID

In 1967, lay preacher and land grant activist Reies López Tijerina founded the Alliance of Free Pueblos in the state of New Mexico. His goal was to return ownership of contested land grants to the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT “WHERE IS AZTLÁN 1″

Around the year 1325 A.D. the Mexica people settled in the Valley of Mexico and founded what we know as the Aztec empire. According to the Codex Boturini, an Aztec pictograph scroll, the Mexicas … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT WHERE IS AZTLÁN 2

Latinopia continues its exploration of the possible geographic site of Aztlán, the mythic homeland of the Mexica people. The Codice Boturini, an ancient Aztec manuscript, indicates that Aztlán was … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT “WHAT IS AZTLÁN?”

The term Aztlán is used throughout the barrios of the Southwest to refer to the ancient homeland of the Mexica people--the ancestors of today's Mexicans and Mexican Americans. But what exactly is … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1970 MORATORIUM IN THE RAIN

By 1970, it was clear that Mexican Americans and other Spanish surnamed Americans were dying in the Vietnam War in numbers disproportionate to their population. Activists called for a march to protest … [Read more...]