“50 Years of Fighting in Chicana and Chicano Studios,” Parts I and II, Berkeley, California, Latinopia.com, December 10, 2021

Friends:

We are excited to share these published videos, Parts I and II, the beginning of what will be several episodes available on Latinopia.com, uploaded and published by legendary filmmaker and director, Jesus Treviño, assisted by Nelson Melgar. V areunie elders in Chicano / a Studies, Jesús captures the interviews that some of us in Chicana and Chicano Studies, including several founders of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, conducted on December 10, 2021 at the University of California Berkeley Latinx Research Center in Berkeley, California, directed by Professor Laura E. Pérez.

From left to right at the table sits Dr. Pat Zavella, Lalo Valdez,Emilio Zamora, Teresa Carrillo, Ines Hernandez, David Montejano,

Starring: Felipe Gonzalez, Ed Escobar, Estevan Flores, Tomas Almaguer, Francisco HernandezCarlos Munoz, Francisco Vazquez, Teresa Córdova, Larry Trujillo, Aida Hurtado, Angela Valenzuela, Rosa-Linda Fregoso, like Laura E. Pérez and Yvette Flores-Ortiz without picture.

As you can hear, the conversation is wonderfully structured and recognizes the great achievements of the field of study, along with the idea that much more remains to be done. That is, we enjoyed reconnecting and catching up with each other’s lives and learning about all the great work that everyone is still involved in, because movement continues.

How Dr. Rosa-Linda Fregoso aptly notes in Part II, “Chicano and Chicana Studies comes from a social movement. It’s not something that was top-down. It was “This gives us a good position for what he sees as an emerging social movement outside the academy that we all need to be prepared for.” Intersectionality, “he notes, is less about identity and more about cross-sectoral struggles these days, we built the necessary knowledge “for the moment”.

Sure, hope is dying for us, if ever movement activists.

His descendants are thousands and thousands of students who have continued to work as educators, community advocates, in elected positions, and are otherwise well represented in leadership positions and remain deeply connected to their communities, influencing policy and practice from anywhere.

Based on this important call, we hope and plan to expand the conversation in the future so that many more “older people in the movement”, if you will, can similarly provide their insights from the 50 years of being activists and scholars engaged in the community. So stay tuned, because there will be more, including Latinopia, a great website that has itself created an extensive archive of Chicano and Chicano experiences.

Perspectives and reflections like these are so essential for future generations. I know that I myself would not have survived on campus without Chicano. Even today, it is a fountain that continues to nourish, motivate and inspire.

Enjoy!

-Angela Valenzuela

On the weekend of 9-12. On December 20, 2021, a group of Mexican American scholars met in Berkeley, California to celebrate fifty years of Mexican American studies. The group included many of those who were the founders of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). in 50 years of fighting, part one assess the last fifty years of fighting, celebrate victories and identify areas that still need to be addressed.

On the weekend of December 9-12, 2021, a group of Mexican American scholars met in Berkeley, California to review the progress made in fifty years of Mexican American study. In this, Fifty years of struggle, part two, Reunion de Colegas continues its dialogue by discussing environmental racism and its impact on Latin American communities and the need to pass on the knowledge and experience gained by the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement to younger generations.

David Berry

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