Narrated Photo Essay: Patricia Borjon Lopez on Police Surveillance of Activists During the 1960s and 70s | KCET
Narrated Photo Essay: Patricia Borjon Lopez on Police Surveillance of Activists During the 1960s and 70s
In the 1960s and 70s, a group of young idealists-activists came together to work on a community newspaper called La Raza that became the voice for the Chicano Movement. With only the barest resources, but a generous amount of dedication, these young men and women changed their world and produced an archive of over 25,000 photographs. Hear their thoughts on the times and its relevance today, while perusing through some photographs not seen in public for decades in this series of narrated slideshows.
Click right or left to look through the images from the 1960s and 70s. Hit the play button on the bottom right corner to listen to the audio.
Patricia Borjon Lopez
My name is Patricia Lopez. My maiden name was Borjon. At the time that the Chicano movement and La Raza started, I had already moved up to go to university at University of California at Berkeley. Watching all the activity and being somewhat a part of it, I felt like I needed to go back to my own community. I also met Joe Razo, Raul Ruiz, Risco — just really felt like that was home, that I could do something with this people, like I had something to give. We would take our film to be developed in the beginning, until we noticed that so many of our images were lost and we knew we had them. During the time, we were really being surveilled. I mean the surveillance and the infiltration was incredible. I think that was a waste of resources because we weren't doing anything illegal.
Hear more from the other photographers here.
More La Raza stories
Top Image: LA County Sheriff's Department officer with a rifle on the street during Marcha Por La Justicia | La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Audio mix by: Michael Naeimollah
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