Chicana and Chicano Movement

Yasmin Khan / KUNM


 

Dozens of people braved the 100-degree weather last Sunday in Roosevelt Park to remember the Chicano-led rebellion against police brutality and racism that was sparked there on June 13, 1971.  The rebellion is a key, but often overlooked moment in New Mexico’s Chicano history.  Fifty years later and in the context of the 2020 Black Lives Matter uprising, the rebellion serves as a reminder of the long record of police violence, resistance, and collaboration by Black and people of color in the state. Chicano community elders Richard Moore and Joaquin Lujan, formerly part of the Chicano rights organization the Black Berets, recounted how the rebellion started.  Lujan explained that besides police repression, the rebellion was triggered by widespread racism against the Chicano community.

AP Wire

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of a Rebellion at Roosevelt Park. It began on June 13, 1971 after a young Chicano man was reportedly arrested for selling a joint to an undercover narcotics agent. As the situation escalated the Black Berets, a Chicano community organization, were called in.

The Berets tried to move people out of the park and speak with police, but were fired upon. This blew up into a riot fueled by decades of racism and police abuse against Albuquerque’s Chicano community. Eventually, the National Guard was brought in.

The violence took place just blocks from the KUNM offices and reporters at the scene gathered sound. As we mark this anniversary, KUNM volunteers Kent Paterson and Ali Liddel share audio from that day.

Montezuma Publishing

Mon. 10/9, 7p: An interview with Prof. Rita Sánchez, co-editor with Prof. Sonia López of a book paying tribute to  61 legendary and contemporary women activists.  Starting from the cauldron of the civil and ethnic women´s rights movement of the second half of the twentieth century to the present, “Chicana Tributes” illustrates the contributions of Mexican American women to the rights movement.

Fandango Burqueño

Jun 2, 2017

Sat. 6/3, 3:30p: FANDANGO Burqueño! Organizers & musicians will join us to share this community-based celebration of son jarocho, poetry, dance, especially: zapateado!! with host Cristina Baccin.

"Making Aztlán"

Nov 3, 2014
Photography by Devra Weber (A detail of the book Cover)

Mon. Nov. 3, 7p: Is the Chicana and Chicano Movement still alive? We explore it in a conversation with Prof. Irene Vásquez, co-author with UCLA Prof. Juan Gómez-Quiñones of the book "MAKING AZTLÁN", just published by the University of New Mexico Press. Passion and struggles from the sixties and seventies to today.