Chicano Movement Essay

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Register to read the introduction… “ Chicano is derived from an old Aztec word meaning rebel and…the Spaniards used the word Chicano to refer to the Aztecs who never gave up the battle”. ( Mariscal, George. Brown-Eyed Children Of The Sun. pg. 27”). This topic of Chicano Activists relates to Chicano History class because from 1966 to 1974 Mexicans experienced a big transformation. There were a lot of militant protest politics. The youth was a major part of the movement, they participated in a lot of events. There were leadership formations, organizational development, political mobilizations, and the best part I think were peoples participation. It was the very first time Mexicans experienced such dramatic change. For the first time Chicanos were starting to slowly get a voice and trying to be heard. In this Chicano History class we also talked about Rodolfo Gonzales also known as Corky Gonzales. He played an important role as a political activist as he was the one that led the first ever Chicano youth conference in March 1969. The Brown Berets started as a group of high school students which also played a huge role because they did demonstrations, had massive walkouts ,and became a national organization. They fought for what they believed …show more content…
Rather, it was a full-fledged transformation of the way Mexican Americans thought, played politics, promoted their culture. Chicanos embarked on a struggle to make fundamental changes, because only fundamental changes could make them active participants in their lives. “ (Navarro, Armando. Mexicano Political Experience in Occupied Aztlan. Pg. 305). From November 1969 through August 1971 there was a movement called “Chicano Moratorium” where the anti-Vietnam War was organized by Chicano activists. Chicanos wanted Social Justice. There were demonstrations with over 1000 people coming together. What I liked about the Vietnam anti war movement was when The Gulf of Tonkin incident happened thousands of demonstrators protested against U.S involvement in the Vietnam

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