Equality In Latin Americans And Women's Fight For Equality

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Equality is the state of being equal, which means everyone in a society has the same rights and opportunities. Groups of people, such as African Americans and women, have been fighting for equality for millennial years. Currently, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people are fighting for equal treatment. The obstacles faced by a person, or group of people, can determine how their life will turn out. Like any group of people, the Latinos have faced issues in the past, currently facing issues, and will face issues in the future. Equality is essential to have in such a diverse world.
Everyone faces obstacles throughout their life, past and present, or will face them in the future. The Latinos lacked equal opportunities when it came to
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According to Brigid Harrison, Jean Harris, and Michelle Deardorff, although the Mexican Americans became citizens of the United States, their civil rights still were not protected. Latin Americans received a separate education. In 1945, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) challenged school segregation in California (Harrison et al., 2011, p. 176). During the 1946-47 school year, a nine year old female, Sylvia Mendez, was turned away from a public school in California because it was for whites only. Furious, Mendez’s father, along with other Latinos, pursued a case. In federal court, the 14th Amendment was utilized, and California was the first state to desegregate public schools (Macias, 2014). In 1954, race segregation in schools was ended after the Brown v. Board of Education case (Harrison et al, 2011, p. 177). The Latinos received unequal treatment in the workforce. The Immigration Reform and Control Act was put into effect in 1986. With this act …show more content…
He began working as a community organizer in 1952. Chavez’s work included civil rights. He encouraged Mexican Americans to vote and become aware of the rights they had. (Harrison et al., 2011, p. 177). The Chicano Movement consisted of Mexican Americans standing up for their rights. They fought to improve their financial, social, and political circumstances. “The Chicano movement made society aware of the injustices suffered by Mexican Americans in the United States and spurred social change” (Ramirez). The Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) and the National Farm Worker Association (NFWA) was founded in the early 1960s by Chavez, Jessie Lopez, and Dolores Huerta. In 1966, the two organizations formed to create the United Farm Workers (UFW), which consisted of protests and boycotts to improve their workplace conditions and improve the pay of the farmworkers. These activists impacted a group of high school students in East Los Angeles. In 1968, the students “staged a walkout to protest high dropout rates of Latino students and the lack of bilingual education, Mexican American history classes, and Mexican American teachers” (Harrison et al., 2011, p. 177). There actions did not lead to actions taken within the school, but “it drew national attention, empowered the students, and inspired other protests” (Harrison et al., 2011, p. 177). The obstacles faced by the Latinos did not keep them down. It

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