We speak with the executive director of the film, Moctesuma Esparza. They pledged that they would quit if the wage rates decreased. Schools taught a curriculum that largely ignored or denied Mexican-American history and Chicano students were steered toward menial labor and away from college by counselors and school officials. There are several movies about the Jewish struggle, the African American movement for equal rights, women's rights, but this is so far, the only one speaking of the Chicano civil rights struggle. . It was astonishing to me.
So there was a real sort of split in the media as the Spanish-language — while the English-language media paid almost no attention or criticized these protests, the Spanish-language media, in effect, helped to promote it. I feel that we should embrace this movie, and create others also, with stories of our peoples struggle. And as many Latinos know, the Chicano civil rights movement created some better opportunity for our people. And prior to its airing on March 18, from mid-February to the actual airdate, Eddie Olmos and I went on a over a 20-city tour where we presented this movie to over 15,000 people, who all just completely gave themselves to the movie and the experience of the movie and what the movie was talking about. This allows us to maintain the editorial independence you rely on—but it also means we need your help. Paula decides to invite the students' families to the protests, hoping their presence will deter police brutality. The perseverance and courage displayed teach important lessons.
And the police violence was extreme. And they made all of their decisions. While working in the mills they would send some monthly earnings back home to still fulfill the role as a contributing part of the family. So, you made this film. It is an astonishing event that this movie got made at all. This movie guide also has activities and writing activities for popular songs by Mexican and Tejano artists.
One of the students who has walked out. And we portrayed this experience in the movie. Esparza and twelve others were arrested and jailed for conspiracy to disturb the peace. An award-winning film producer and community activist, Esparza helped organize the 1968 walkout and was arrested and jailed along with 12 others for conspiracy to disturb the peace. This also shows that oppression crosses all color lines, the issues come down to a class struggle, and this can be a catapult for different ethnicities working together on common issues. Paula Crisostomo now Romo is not Mexican- American--she is Filipina-American. Another was award-winning filmmaker Moctesuma Esparza, who was indicted for his role in organizing the walkouts.
However, the school board refuses to consider the suggestions so Paula urges the students to walk out of school. Can you talk about the coverage in 1968? As a result, some of the mills were obliged to cut their charges on housing, and they were forced to cooperate with the women workers' organization. Robert is on duty there and tries to stop her, but she continues leading the crowd until all 12 students and Sal are released. And the students — high school students like those you were with 38 years ago are walking out. There are blows that were recorded on film that were like death blows.
When the students walk out again their families come to support them and it appears that they have won because the school board agrees to hear their complaints. Another was award-winning filmmaker Moctesuma Esparza, who was indicted for his role in organizing the walkouts. . I do know that there was organizing that was going on, but it was much faster. . The kids did it on their own. A walkout can be seen as different from a strike in that a walkout can occur spontaneously, and need not necessarily involve all the workers present, whereas a strike is often voted on beforehand by the workers, giving notification both to all of the workers and to the company affected.
And when I was a senior, I ended up leading three walkouts. Information about César Chávez and other Chicano heroes is also included. Young people themselves are gaining the leadership that took a few years in the past. We are joined on the line by now by award-winning film producer and community activist, Moctesuma Esparza. Walkouts have often been staged against the presence of a speaker or the content of an in-progress speech at a meeting.
Beautiful in the fact of how much power — a lot of students — well, at least at my school and I have spoken to — have seen it. And out of that, people from all of the high schools came together, and we organized a group called Young Citizens for Community Action. So, once I graduated from high school in 1967, and we had been trying to organize while I was still in school, all of us were — the membership was from all East L. As I understand it, a lot of the Spanish-language radio disc jockeys were actively promoting the various protests around immigration, even many of the Spanish-language Univision personalities put out a public service ad for the big Saturday march in L. Paula is defeated, but her father urges her not to give up and she helps to stage a massive protest outside the jail.
The high school students were very jealous of their own prerogatives and of their own independence. It was basically almost everyone who was in college then, because there was less than 2% of all Chicanos that even enrolled in college. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! The mill factory women saw this wage cut and price increase as an offense to their dignity, social quality, and economic autonomy. She and her husband, then boyfriend were roommates of mine in college. Furthermore, as influenced by their traditional values, the young women did not accept to be treated as slaves so they protested. And we then gave ourselves the assignments for each campus to mentor the high school students of a particular high school.