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[ A People’s Agenda; Trump Guilty of Sedition; Anger Over Trump
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TIDBITS - DEC. 31, 2020 - A PEOPLE’S AGENDA; TRUMP GUILTY OF
SEDITION; ANGER OVER TRUMP PARDONS; UNION MEMBERS WHO VOTED FOR TRUMP;
LEO PANITCH; FRED HIRSCH; LABOR’S UNTOLD STORY; PEOPLE’S HISTORY
BOOKS; THE CHICANO REVOLT - 1969-1971; MORE...  
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_ A People’s Agenda; Trump Guilty of Sedition; Anger Over Trump
Pardons; Union Members Who Voted for Trump; Leo Panitch; Fred Hirsch;
Labor’s Untold Story; People’s History Books in 2021; The Chicano
Revolt from 1969-1971; more... _

Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements, AND cartoons -
Dec. 31, 2020, xxxxxx

 

Re: A People’s Agenda for a Better Nation (Jose Luis Medina; Marlena
Santoyo)
Re: Trump Is Guilty of Sedition and Must Be Brought to Justice (Daniel
M. Rosenblum; Al McSurely; Opitz Patty)
Suicide Bomber  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
Re: No, Joe, Don't Roll out the Red Carpet for Torture Enablers (Mike
Liston)
Re: 'Our Blood is Cheaper than Water': Anger in Iraq Over Trump
Pardons (Cindy Hartzell; Louis Peluso; Marilyn Herzik; Leigh Shelton)
Re: The US Government Can Provide Universal Childcare — It’s Done
So in the Past (Beth Emma Goldman)
Have a Peanut  --  cartoon by Mike Luckovich
Re: These Stories Aren’t Heartwarming They’re an Indictment of the
System (Daniel Millstone)
Re: How Science Beat the Virus (Sandy Eaton)
Re: The Year That Labor Hung On By Its Fingertips (Bryce Phillips;
Brandon Mouser)
Re: The Union Members Who Voted for Trump Have to Be Organized—Not
Ignored (Les Leopold; Eileen Oxendale; Lee Zaslofsky)
Please, Can We Have Some More  --  cartoon by Mike Stanfill
Re: Whitewashing the Great Depression (Amy Villarreal; Paul Eichhorn;
Susan Raycraft)
Re: To Save the Planet, We Need to Make Purposeful Strides Towards the
Right to Repair (Jon Lubar; George Lessard)
Re: The Activist Roots of Black Feminist Theory (Jose Luis Medina)
Re: Leo Panitch -1945–2020 (Michael Kaufman)
Re: Fred Hirsch: Doing the Work That Needed To Be Done (Hollis
Stewart)
Re: Don’t Subject Your Kids to Rudolph (Ralph Stephens; Eleanor
Roosevelt)
Re: Why Workers Everywhere Should Read Labor’s Untold Story (David
Newby; Peter Dreier; Thurman Wenzl)
Re: The Marketisation of Truth (Sterling Vinson)
Re: Media Bits and Bytes - December 29, 2020 (Kipp Dawson)
 

RESOURCES:

PEOPLE’S HISTORY BOOKS IN 2021 (ZINN EDUCATION PROJECT)
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

PANEL DISCUSSION/WEBINAR: THE CHICANO REVOLT FROM 1969-1971 - JANUARY
31 (THE CHICANO MOVEMENT SYMPOSIUM SERIES)

 

RE: A PEOPLE’S AGENDA FOR A BETTER NATION
 

The Poor People's Campaign and Congressional Progressive Caucus team
up to chart a course for the future.

Jose Luis Medina
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The seven-point platform:

* COVID-19 relief that “meets the scale of the crisis” and
directly addresses the pandemic’s disproportionate harm to Black,
Indigenous, people of color and “other vulnerable communities”;
* Programs to put people back to work, with a focus on moving the
economy to clean, renewable energy—but also restoring and expanding
worker rights, including union rights;
* Ensuring health care for all;
* Defending and expanding voting rights—including proposals to end
gerrymandering and rein in corporate money in electoral campaigns;
* Attacking institutional racism and white supremacy;
* Turning away from militarism and “endless wars” in favor of a
commitment to peaceful diplomacy;
* Rejecting corporate greed and ending corporate monopoly.

Marlena Santoyo
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: TRUMP IS GUILTY OF SEDITION AND MUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE
 

Scary stuff, but unfortunately not easily dismissed.

Daniel M. Rosenblum
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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Abramsky's article about Trump's "sedition" would have been better, I
believe, if he had included how the word has been used against radical
anti-racism organizers over the years.  

In Kentucky, for example, it was passed in 1919, in the wake of the
Soviet revolution, to "stop Bolsheviks" from Union Drives in Harlan
County.  It was used to arrest Theodore Dreiser, who had organized
several reporters to come to Harlan and see the abject poverty of the
miners.

It was dusted off again in 1954, in the wake of Brown, when my good
friends Carl and Anne Braden were arrested for helping a Black family
buy a house in a white working class section of Louisville. Domestic
terrorists (the new term for the Klan) dynamited the Black family's
home, and Carl was arrested and convicted for the crime of "sedition."
(He decided to deal with his love of drinking while in jail, organized
an AA group with the warden's permission, and used it to win some of
his white brothers to a more enlightened view of the structural
racism.)  Anne became an expert on Sedition and How to fight back
when racist prosecutors, and much of the mainstream media, turn words
and acts inside out.   

Thirteen years later, in 1967, Margaret Herring, Joe Mulloy, the
Bradens who we were working with, were all arrested for Sedition in
Pikeville, Kentucky. Google McSurely v. Ratliff and McSurely v.
McClellan to learn how our lawyers--Bill Kunstler, Arthur Kinoy, and
Mort Stavis--fought back for a 20 year old legal saga. 

I write on Christmas Morning, thinking of Art Young's Wanted Poster

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Joy to the World. 

Civil Rights Lawyer Al McSurely, 
Carthage, NC

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“He’s violating his oath to protect the Constitution, and every
day that he’s allowed to remain in power, the threat to our
democracy grows.

There are constitutional provisions to remove such a person from
power: He could be re-impeached by the House for his efforts to
subvert the Constitution and immediately convicted by Mitch
McConnell’s Senate; or he could be removed via the 25th Amendment.

Both scenarios would be extraordinary with only four weeks to go until
the inauguration; but as the Trump drumbeat to not abide by the
peaceful transfer of power gets louder, so too does the need become
ever more immediate to find ways to neuter Trump politically before he
can do even worse, even more irreparable damage to American
democracy.”

Opitz Patty
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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SUICIDE BOMBER  --  CARTOON BY ROB ROGERS
 

Rob Rogers
December 30, 2020
robrogers.com [[link removed]]

 

RE: NO, JOE, DON'T ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET FOR TORTURE ENABLERS
 

These rat bastard assholes are unspeakably the worst, pardon my
grammar. What's the difference between these kinds of crimes and what
the Nazis did to the Jews, the Gays, the Communists, the Gypsies,
themselves and so on? I'm sickened and often have the worst of bad
dreams, as for the rest of you, Yi Lu Ping An, 

Mike Liston

 

RE: 'OUR BLOOD IS CHEAPER THAN WATER': ANGER IN IRAQ OVER TRUMP
PARDONS
 

Some of my worst fears coming to fruition.

Cindy Hartzell
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Trump and the Republican Cult party are nothing but TRAITORS!

Louis Peluso
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This is horrible he pardoned them! Why would he???

Marilyn Herzik
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money talks way louder than life

Leigh Shelton
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE US GOVERNMENT CAN PROVIDE UNIVERSAL CHILDCARE — IT’S DONE
SO IN THE PAST
 

it's shameful really it is!

Beth Emma Goldman
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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HAVE A PEANUT  --  CARTOON BY MIKE LUCKOVICH
 

Mike Luckovich
December 29, 2020
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

RE: THESE STORIES AREN’T HEARTWARMING THEY’RE AN INDICTMENT OF THE
SYSTEM
 

Thanks to Nathan J. Robinson and xxxxxx
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for this important reminder that behind heartwarming stories of people
helping each other out are stories of appalling injustice thrusting
people into desperate need in the first place. Mutual aid and charity
help us when we’re down and out. But. We need to confront the system
that puts us in need of rescue.

Daniel Millstone
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: HOW SCIENCE BEAT THE VIRUS
 

Cuba has four COVID-19 vaccines, China at least two, and Russia has
begun using its own. This in-depth article needed to look and think
globally.

Sandy Eaton, RN

 

RE: THE YEAR THAT LABOR HUNG ON BY ITS FINGERTIPS

(posting on xxxxxx Labor
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"The ​“gig econ­o­my” is not just Uber and Lyft and Instacart
and other companies that exclusively work in that space — it is an
economic force of nature pushing every company, including yours, to
get your job off its books, and to turn you into something less than a
full employee. Countering this force is probably the single most
important legal and legislative issue for labor as a whole, because
this process inherently acts to dissolve labor power. Unfortunately,
the most important thing that happened on the issue this year was the
passage of Prop 22 in California, legislation specifically designed to
empower the gig economy companies to the detriment of workers. Scarier
yet is the fact that the successful legislation in California will now
be used as a blueprint for state legislation around the country.
Companies are prepared to spend hundreds of millions or billions of
dollars on this issue, because they save far more money on the back
end and preserve their business model, which depends in large part in
extracting wealth that once went to workers and redirecting it towards
investors. Either America will have a national reckoning with what the
gig economy is doing to us, or we will continue barreling towards a
dystopian future of the Uberization of every last industry. Including
yours. If ever there were a good time to launch a worker coop, it is
now."
    
Bryce Phillips
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Good summaries of 2020. Thank you xxxxxx.

Brandon Mouser
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE UNION MEMBERS WHO VOTED FOR TRUMP HAVE TO BE ORGANIZED—NOT
IGNORED
 

Please let Ms Isser know that her first fact concerning the number of
working class Trump voters is not correct.  The exit polls show that
35% of ALL voters earned less than 50k. Of that 44% voted for Trump.
 So only 15.4% of Trump voters earned under 50k.

thx

Les Leopold
Ex Director, The Labor Institute

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how naïve the left has always been around the ideals of union members
. there has always been significant members in the unions who have
always believed in right wing politics and who are proud of that
culture and this has not just started with trump unfortunately. and
yes there is misogyny and racism to boot among members . sure they are
for union wages and lower health costs because they see how that
benefits them, but the inability to see the exploitation of immigrant
labour, or the cruelty of denying a women an abortion reflects their
ignorance about others needs.

Eileen Oxendale
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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There is no excuse for supporting fascism. The union members who voted
for Trump -- overwhelmingly white -- betrayed their brothers and
sisters of colour and the many white union members who refused to be
conned by the Orange Clown.

The main reason they voted that way was racism: the defense of white
privilege against the coming minority/majority America.

Before they can be organized, they must be defeated -- not just in the
recent election, but within unions and in their communities. The time
for reconciliation is when they understand that white privilege is NOT
their ticket to prosperity and self respect; that solidarity across
racial and other lines is the only sure way to make the changes the
working class needs and aspires to.

After the Civil War, and after the imposition of Jim Crow by force and
violence, white Americans from the North and South reached out to each
other in reconciliation. Heartwarming parades of civil war veterans
from both sides made it seem like Americans had moved past the old
enmities.

It wasn't true. Jim Crow remained. The "reconciliation" had not
included Black Americans -- their interests and rights were sacrificed
on the altar of a fake "reconciliation".

Unions shouldn't try to pull the same stunt. Organizing Trump
supporters can only be on the basis of real solidarity among all
workers, real equality, and common commitment to fighting for those
ideals inside and outside the House of Labor.

Lee Zaslofsky
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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PLEASE, CAN WE HAVE SOME MORE  --  CARTOON BY MIKE STANFILL
 

Mike Stanfill
December 28, 2020
Raging Pencils
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RE: WHITEWASHING THE GREAT DEPRESSION
 

This is awesome

Amy Villarreal
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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The "American at 300" project.
The more interesting, true story of America is the story of the
ignored. Who survived. Who overcame.
That is the story of America.

Paul Eichhorn
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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Great article, and to see fabulous SF photos, open the last link
called In Focus about Japanese internment. Every link is filled with
great info, I love the work this group does! 

Susan Raycraft

 

RE: TO SAVE THE PLANET, WE NEED TO MAKE PURPOSEFUL STRIDES TOWARDS THE
RIGHT TO REPAIR

This is important and will result in a positive sea change and a shift
and increase in economic activity while reducing waste of material and
energy.

Jon Lubar
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#RightToRepair “… Voices calling for a system change around repair
had been growing louder over the past years. Among them, European
consumers who are increasingly disappointed at the overly short
lifespans of their products as well as the European businesses working
in reuse, repair and refurbishment that face a growing range of
unwarranted barriers.…”

George Lessard
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE ACTIVIST ROOTS OF BLACK FEMINIST THEORY
 

What is the wellspring of Black feminist theory? It is important to
provide a corrective to the misperception that intersection theory has
its genesis in the academy, or, worse still, that it can be attributed
to a single discipline...or individual.

Jose Luis Medina
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: LEO PANITCH (1945–2020)
 

"Because he recognized that the era of revolutions had long passed,
Leo was forced to keep his feet on the ground, to think about
practical strategy, a real road to working-class revival — instead
of only discussing in general terms the need for a revolutionary
rupture from capitalism." 

Leo, may he rest in peace, may have kept his feet on the ground but
his head was somewhere else when he "recognized that the era of
revolutions had long passed." I didn't know there was a time limit.
Considering the continuing failure of efforts to work within the
limits of capitalism to improve the lives of the masses in the
European social democracies, it seems both presumptuous and premature
to declare an end to the "era of revolutions." 

Michael Kaufman

 

RE: FRED HIRSCH: DOING THE WORK THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE

(posting on xxxxxx Labor
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Remembering is organizing -- bringing to the newer members of the left
the information they need to understand what organizing has
accomplished and how important their work is in preserving progress
and fighting for more!

Hollis Stewart

 

RE: DON’T SUBJECT YOUR KIDS TO RUDOLPH
 

I like that Rudolph perseveres no matter what. That's the message.

Ralph Stephens
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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Santa in that film is a perfect example of exploitative and racist
monopoly capitalism. And I always assumed that Yukon Cornelius is
secretly a red, out to liberate the working class. You can tell from
the moustache.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: WHY WORKERS EVERYWHERE SHOULD READ LABOR’S UNTOLD STORY

(posting on xxxxxx Labor
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Excellent advice.  Important to me some 45-50 years ago too

David Newby

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I agree. Labor's Untold Story is an amazing, beautifully written book
of labor history through the 1950s, weaving in wonderful personal
stories to put a human face on the subject. I once encouraged Steven
Greenhouse [[link removed]] to update
it. Instead he wrote his own amazing book on labor, Beaten Down,
Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor
[[link removed]].

Peter Dreier

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and it's recently been republished by UE

Thurman Wenzl

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RE: THE MARKETISATION OF TRUTH
 

The writer's opening words betray his/her youth.  Let's go back to
Richard Nixon's press secretary, Ronald Ziegler, who frequently had to
announce that his boss's previous statements were "inoperative.

Sterling Vinson

RE: MEDIA BITS AND BYTES - DECEMBER 29, 2020

No other single source of thought-provoking news rivals xxxxxx
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to their daily emails, but you can find them at their website or on
Facebook. They share timely articles from a wide variety of sources.
This "media bits and bytes" email is one of several today, and in and
of itself does a fine job of giving us things to learn from, think
about, discuss.

Kipp Dawson

Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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PEOPLE’S HISTORY BOOKS IN 2021 (ZINN EDUCATION PROJECT)
 

Here is another reason to look forward to 2021 — new people’s
history books.

We highlight below a few upcoming 2021 titles and invite you to
events we are hosting
[[link removed]] for _The
Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers Edition_
[[link removed]] (January
11) and _How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of
Slavery Across America_
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10).
 

_The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers Edition_
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By Jeanne Theoharis and Brandy Colbert

In story after story, Jeanne Theoharis and Brandy Colbert breathe life
into the rebellious Mrs. Rosa Parks, a fighter for justice who will
intrigue and inspire young people. And for all of us who want to teach
honestly about Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement, this is an
essential resource.

Register
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the book launch with the author and pre-order the book.

_How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery
Across America_
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By Clint Smith

An examination of how monuments and landmark tell myths or truths
about the central role of slavery in U.S. history and its legacy
today.

Register
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an online people’s history class with the author.

_Teacher Unions and Social Justice: Organizing for the Schools and
Communities Our Students Deserve_ [[link removed]]

Edited by Michael Charney, Jesse Hagopian, and Bob Peterson

An anthology from Rethinking Schools with more than 60 articles
documenting the history and the how-tos of social justice unionism.
 

_Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre_
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By Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper
 

 

This children’s picture book centers the history of the thriving
Black community of Greenwood before the 1921 Tulsa Massacre
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ZINN EDUCATION PROJECT [[link removed]]

A COLLABORATION BETWEEN RETHINKING SCHOOLS AND TEACHING FOR CHANGE

PO BOX 73038 WASHINGTON, D.C. 20056

PHONE: 202-588-7205 | EMAIL: [email protected]

PANEL DISCUSSION/WEBINAR: THE CHICANO REVOLT FROM 1969-1971 - JANUARY
31 (THE CHICANO MOVEMENT SYMPOSIUM SERIES)
 

"Our love and support should come from each other" - Chicano leader
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales once said.

Chicano Movement Symposium Series next 50th Anniversary 

We are proud to announce the Fifth Chicano Movement Symposium Series
[[link removed]], 50th Anniversary
event #5. Titled: "The Chicano Revolt from 1969-1971." Canciones del
Movimiento Chicano/Songs of the Chicano Movement by musician JESUS
CHUY PEREZ. Moderator: MANUEL LOPEZ, Radio Personality on "Manny In
The Morning" Show - The Duck 94.3 FM/102.5 FM.

The acclaimed authors, activists-historians MIKE DAVIS and JON WEINER
will join the panel discussion, their recent book "Set the Night on
Fire: LA in the Sixties" in two chapters the book covers the 1968 East
LA Walkouts and the Chicano Moratorium marches and rallies in Los
Angeles.

Panelists confirmed: 

* DIANE VALVERDE-HERNANDEZ, Chicana Educator & Activist
* DAVID SANCHEZ, PHD, Founder/Prime Minister of the Brown Berets
* RALPH RAMIREZ, Founding member/Former Brown Beret Minister of
Defense & Discipline
* ARTURO "BONE'S" RODRIGUEZ, Denver Chicano activist
* SHIRLEY RODRIGUEZ, a Chicana activist
* RICHARD SOTO, a Brown Beret medic on January 31st
* BOB ELIAS, one of the original organizers of the Chicano
Moratorium Committee,
* and many more will participate in this panel discussion/webinar

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021 AT 2 PM EST – 5 PM EST FREE!
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of several significant event's in
Chicano history that are critically important to the advancement of
civil and human rights for all. The Chicano Movement Symposium Series
and Peace and Dignity Project will host a presentation commemorating
the 50th anniversary of January 31,1971 Chicano Moratorium Rally.

The presentation will include digitized documents, photo images in a
virtual gallery, rare archival footages, news articles, and statements
made by the former leadership.

Presenter's will include [email protected] activists involved on the January 31,
1971 Chicano Moratorium Rally. Panelists will share the suppressed and
forgotten history of the Chicano Moratoriums through their eyewitness
accounts of the turbulent times from 1969-1971. The Chicano Moratorium
rallies began on December 20, 1969, February 28, 1970, July 18, August
29th, September 16th, January 9, 1971 and January 31, 1971. This event
is one of several 50th anniversary programs that make up the "Chicano
Movement Symposium Series."

The Series will bring together activists, dignitaries, scholars,
historians, photographers, artists, and writers who will engage in
correcting the historical narrative as the participants share their
eyewitness accounts of the turbulent times of the 60's and 70's. Old
and new findings based on research, teaching, activism and other forms
of political action rooted in the Chicano Movement will be discussed
within the context of how this relates to today's political struggles.

Our Call To Action: Our goal is to energize the audience, inspiring in
them a commitment to defend civil and human rights by combating the
injustices they see today. To be silent is to be complicit.

The Chicano Movement Symposium Series; A People's History Project is
produced, researched and facilitated by Anthony Ortega and Peace and
Dignity Project - C/S 2020-2021

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