Saturday, June 30, 2012

The "East L.A. Walkouts", a 44th Anniversary Discussion

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 a panel discussion on the "East Los Angeles Walkouts" and "The East L.A. 13" featuring Co-founders of the Brown Berets, Carlos Montes (Minister of Information) and Cruz (Olmeda) Becerra, (Chairman).
    This year marks the 44th anniversary of the East L.A. Walkouts, a series of protests held (mostly) by students, teachers and family against unequal conditions in the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

Sal Castro (center), educator and activist who championed quality and equality of education.

         The Brown Berets is a Chicano nationalist activistMexican Americans that emerged during the Chicano Movement in the late 1960s and remains active to the present day. The group was seen as part of the Third Movement for Liberation. The Brown Berets focus oncommunity organizing against police brutality and advocate for educational equality.

The "East L.A. Thirteen"

   Immediately following the Walkouts, thirteen Mexican-Americans were indicted, arrested and charged by a secret grand jury with conspiring to disrupt the peace in area schools among other charges. This case and it's defendants, including Carlos Montes and Cruz (Olmeda) Becerra, became known as the "East L.A. Thriteen". 

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         Join us July 21st from 12-2pm as we speak to Carlos Montes and Cruz (Olmeda) Becerra on what went on during the Walkouts of '68 and how their lives and the world around them has changed since. 

Carlos Montes, Brown Beret Co-Founder and one of three special guest speakers at today's event.

Our guest speakers, from left, Carlos Montes, Margarita Cuaron and Cruz Becerra
A packed community room is beginning to be a familiar (and very welcomed) site at our programs these days. 

Margarita Cuaron holding a copy of Santino Rivera's book, "¡Ban This!" and explaining the importance of access to books like his. 

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