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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 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 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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MOMENT IN TIME DOSS VS. BERNAL

  This photo is of Alex and Esther Bernal who in 1943 won a historic and precedent-setting lawsuit which challenged long-standing residential segregatiom in Fullerton, California.  Here's the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MOMENT IN TIME E.L.A.16TH OF SEPTEMBER PARADE

On September 15, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a village priest in the town of Dolores, near Guanajuato, Mexico, declared that Mexico should be free of Spanish rule and initiated the struggle … [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 MOMENT IN TIME “BECAS DE AZTLÁN”

The Becas de Aztlan (Aztlan Scholarships) program was initiated during the administration of Mexico’s President, Luis Echeverría Alvarez (1970-1976). José Angel Gutíerrez and other Chicano educators … [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 MOMENT IN TIME A CHICANO IN BELFAST

This photograph commemorates the painting of an international mural on a wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland coordinated by a Chicano muralist, Victor Ochoa, in July of 1997. How a Chicano from San … [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 MOMENT IN TIME “TIJERINA MEETS GALARZA”

MOMENT IN TIME “TIJERINA MEETS GALARZA” What happens when two celebrated Chicano leaders, whose fight for justice and equality of Mexican Americans is legendary, meet for the first time?  This is … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA BIOGRAPHY DR. RODOLFO ACUÑA

Dr. Rodolfo Francisco Acuña is a historian, educator and social activist. In 1969, he co-founded the Chicana/o Studies Department at San Fernando Valley State College (later called California State … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MOMENT IN TIME “1969 HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL WALK-OUT”

1968 and 1969 were years when Mexican American high school students throughout the United States protested the inferior education they were receiving by simply walking out of school en masse.  … [Read more...]