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LATINOPIA EVENT 1969 DENVER WOMEN’S CAUCUS

Latinos and Latinas today take gender equality as a given. But in the early days of the Chicano Movement for Civil Rights of the1960s and 1970s, Chicana women activists were often  the unrecognized … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 LIBROTRAFICANTES 1

In 2011, the Arizona State Legislature passed HB 2281, a law which prohibits schools from offering courses at any grade level that advocate ethnic solidarity, promote overthrow of the US government, … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA HERO MAGGIE RIVAS-RODRÍGUEZ

In 1999,  Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez began an awesome undertaking--to document the lives and stories of Latino veterans of World War II (later her efforts would also include the Korean and Viet Nam … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 LIBROTRAFICANTES 2

After leaving Houston, Texas, the librotraficante banned book caravan arrived in El Paso, Texas on March 14, 2012. They were met with open arms by local poets and community activists who welcomed the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENTS 1937 PONCE MASSACRE

Following the conclusion of the Spanish American War in 1898, the island of Puerto Rico became a colony of the United States. Soon nationalists like Luis Muñoz Marin and Pedro Albizu Campos were … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENTS 1970 EL RIO PARK

In 1970, the Mexican American communities of Tucson, Arizona, came together to fight for a public park for the children of two of the poorest barrios in the city.  What began as a struggle for a local … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1932 AMÉRICA TROPICAL WHITEWASH

In 1932, the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros was invited to Los Angeles by the Chouinard Art Institute.  During his six month stay, he painted three murals, the most controversial of which was … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1949 BOWIE BEARS

In 1949, the Bowie Bears baseball team,  comprised of Mexican American students at  Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas won the statewide baseball championship. The players came from poor working … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1949 BOWIE BEARS 2

The 1940s was a time when segregation still reigned in Texas and the South. In 1949, a baseball team made up of Mexican Americans kids from Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, surprised sports fans … [Read more...]

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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 HERO FRANK SIFUENTES

FRANK SIFUENTES - A REMEMBRANCE BY FRIENDS Frank “Kiko” Sifuentes passed away on Monday, October 8th, 2012. Writer, educator, mentor, and community activist he touched many lives. Following are … [Read more...]

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BIOGRAPHY – MARÍA ELENA DURAZO

MARIA ELENA DURAZO, LABOR ORGANIZER María Elena Durazo is widely regarded as one of the most powerful and savvy union organizers in the United States. On May 15, 2006 she was elected  to serve … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA HERO LUPE ONTIVEROS – A REMEMBRANCE

Lupe Ontiveros - A Remembrance By Jesús Treviño _______________________________________________ On July 26, 2012, acclaimed actress Lupe Ontiveros passed away, the victim of cancer. She left … [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 MOMENT IN TIME “1972 LA RAZA UNIDA EL PASO CONVENTION”

              This photo was taken on August 30, 1972. It shows the registration tables in the lobby of the Paso Del Norte hotel in El Paso, … [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 HERO DR. FELIPE DE ORTEGO Y GASCA

Felipe de Ortego y Gasca was a major in the United States Air Force before embarking on a pioneering career as a scholar, literary critic and educator. Ironically, his literary career only began after … [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...]