The Brown Berets: The Chicano Movement

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Introduction/Beginning Quote: César Chávez once said “Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers”. As an civil rights activist who played a major role in the chicano movement. Chávez dedicated his life to improving the treatment, pay and overall conditions for workers (in particular agricultural and farm workers) as he was all too familiar with the hardships they faced. The Brown Berets.. It began back in 1846 with the mexican american war- this was the spark for a great revolution that would later be attributed to the birth of the entire Chicano Movement itself as well as the formation of the young pro-chicano, revolutionaries, known as The Brown Berets.. …show more content…

As an incredibly repressed group of people, they were serious about their making use of their voices dedicated themselves to speaking out about a cause that was apart of them and what they were. During the time that they were most prevalent in the late ‘60s and early 1970s, the Brown Berets proved themselves as one of the most powerful and militant organizations in the Chicano liberation movement. As a member during this time recalls, “We were a group of young Chicano revolutionaries from the barrios of the Southwest fighting for the self-determination of our people. We organized in our barrios, published the newspaper La Causa, ran a free clinic and fought against police brutality as well as against the U.S. war in Vietnam” Being that it was a cultural as well as a political movement, they helped to construct new, transnational cultural identities and fueled an important renaissance that would impact countless lives. In the past few years, as a new generation of Chicano activists, built on the legacy of their predecessors, they’ve mobilized around the issues of affirmative action, globalization, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and, most recently, immigrant

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