THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: EL ZOCOTROCO ON TRUMP’S CROCODILE TEARS BOASTING ABOUT ALL HE DOES FOR PUERTO RICO, DAN ARELLANO DEBUNKS COMMON MYTHS OF THE ALAMO, ERNESTO VIGIL ON CORKY GONZALES’S CRUSADE FOR JUSTICE AND JESÚS TREVIÑO ‘S EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE 1969 DENVER YOUTH CONFERENCE.
Hey, hey vatos y vatas, chulas y cholos, locas y locos, here we are with another week of Latinopia! This week marks the final event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Denver Youth Liberation Conference convened in Denver, Colorado by activist leader Rodolfo “Corky”Gonzales. On Saturday, March 30th, the Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights hosted a panel discussion with veteran participants of the original conference participating as panelists in Los Angeles and by teleconferencing from Denver. This follows a celebration last week in Denver which featured Corky Gonzales’s daughter Nita Gonzales. We repost Jesús Treviño’s eyewitness account of the five day conference which he filmed back in the day and which he has edited in this video, “1969 Denver Youth Conference.” And we also post an interview with Chicano activist and Crusade for Justice member Ernesto Vigil speaking about how the Crusade for Justice came about in 1966. Important Chicano history, check it out and pass it on.
Also this week, our regular blogger José M. Umpierre reviews Donald Trump’s continued lies about Puerto Rico and all that he has (hasn’t) done for the island. Umpierre reminds that the day of reckoning is in our hands in 2020. Ojo!
Dan Arellano, who is Bejar County Historical Commissioner, debunks common myths about the Alamo which so many Americans still believe even though they are complete fabrications. Check out Dan Arellano’s take on this. The next time you think of the Alamo remember, Davy Crockett didn’t die a hero as depicted in the John Wayne movie.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!
We begin with our regular monthly report on conditions in Puerto Rico