Narrated Photo Essay: Raul Ruiz and the Rights of the Chicano | KCET
Narrated Photo Essay: Raul Ruiz and the Rights of the Chicano
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.
We sat in at the Board of [Education] for about ten days, I think it was. At the end of that, they came in and arrested all of us. That was at the arrest at the Board of Education of 35 people in the community. We were protesting the arbitrary, racist manner in which the school board was handling this matter of the protest of the children and also the removal of Sal Castro. The East L.A. 13 trial proved that our community was convinced that the only way we were going to bring about change was to commit ourselves to legitimate protest, a non-violent protest. When it became violent was when the police and sheriff's department and school administrators violated our rights. After several months, the whole issue of the East L.A. 13 was dropped. No one went to trial. Once again, it was a violation of the law on the part of the police department and the school that wanted to deprive our community of the right to legitimately protest, which is a constitutional right.
Hear more from the other photographers here.
More La Raza stories
Top Image: Protesters and Luis Pingarron, writer for LUCHA, demand reinstatement of Sal Castro | Luis Garza, La Raza photograph collection. Courtesy of UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Audio mix by: Michael Naeimollah
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