La Raza Chronicles

La Raza Chronicles – April 4, 2006

Voices coming to us from last week’s student walk-outs in Los Angeles.

We honor Cesar Chavez with human rights activist and founder and president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) AFL-CIO founded in 1967, Baldemar Velasquez. He shares his experiences as a farmworker and makes ties between Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr.

Plus, Carlos Munoz talks to us about the historical events of Chicano/a and Latina/o student walk-outs taking place today with drawing ties to the Chicano walk outs that took place in East Los Angeles in 1968. In 1967, Latino students at East LA high schools were being denied such privileges as using the bathroom facility during lunchtime or speaking Spanish in the classroom. Tired of being mistreated as second-class citizens in their own schools, the high school students, along with a group of politicized college students, decide to take their future into their own hands.

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