CHICANO MORATORIUM, IMMIGRATION REFORM, AND LA SANTA CECILIA!
Hello my Latinopian cohorts, comrades, colleagues, compadres and comadres! Your Tia Tenopia is bubbling over with this week’s Latinopia videos and blogs. This week, of course, marks the 43rd anniversary of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium Against the war in Vietnam. As organizer Rosalio Muñoz has put it, “This was the biggest political rally of Mexican Americans in the 20th century.”
Latinopia commemorates the event with reprising three important videos. The first is Latinopia Event 1970 Chicano Moratorium, a video that explains the events of that day as narrated by Rosalio Muñoz with original footage by the late David Garcia from his film Requiem-29.
We also have a video of the 40th Moratorium Anniversary March. Latinopia was in East Los Angeles in 2010 to interview present day activist reflecting on the importance of the original march in 1970 and its legacy.
We also are reminding you of the Latinopia Event Profiles with the profile on the 1970 Chicano Moratorium that explains in much more detail the events of the day as well as the death of Ruben Salazar and the subsequent Inquest into his death. In other words, all you ever wanted to now about the Moratorium showcased this week on Latinopia!
We have a new video as current as a couple of weeks ago when Chicano poet Jorge Guillen read poetry at the rally for comprehensive immigration reform in Bakersfield, California. Meanwhile, some legislators in Congress argue we need legislation that has been described by critics as “piece meal” rather than comprehensive. Poet Guillen reframes the debate in his poem, “Peace Meal.” Check it out!
Y hablando de Immigration, what does our President Obama have to say about all of this? Well, we are publishing the speech that President Obama delivered on immigration reform earlier this year. This lays out a lot of themes that La Raza is concerned with, including a path to citizenship for Americans more than 11 million undocumented Latinos. This document will be archived along with the many other documents of importance to Latinos such as the Plan de Aztlan, the Plan de Delano and another documents. Check the entire collection at Latinopia Documents on the History menu.
And, of course, our regular bloggers return. Eduardo Díaz, Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C. brings us another of his monthly Mirándolo Bien with Eduardo Díaz blogs, this one on a popular Westcoast music group, la Santa Cecilia.
Angela Ortiz returns with a new Photo of the Week, as does Sergio Hernández with another cartoon commentary under Arnie and Porfie with Sergio Hernández.
Check it all out, this week on Latinopia!