San Jose's Proud Legacy of Struggle for Chicano RightsSan Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) (2009)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chicano Movement when Mexicans in the United States realized that individual pleas for justice from the nation's social institutions were for the most part disregarded, denied, or actually resulted in greater repression by blaming victims for the abuse they endured.
In San Jose, Mexican parents and teachers at Roosevelt Jr. High School, after surreptitiously collecting dozens of wooden paddles used to hit students, staged a walkout in protest of such physical and emotional abuse in 1967. It was the nation's first Mexican-American student walkout, leading to changes at that and other schools. Many victories for social justice were won by the collective actions of the Chicano Movement.
Publication DateOctober 2, 2009
Citation InformationGil J. Villagran. "San Jose's Proud Legacy of Struggle for Chicano Rights" San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gil_villagran/14/