Presentation Title

¡El Grito Por La Igualdad!/The Cry for Equality!: Young Chicanas/os participation in the Brown Berets Organization and their Community Action against Racial, Social, and Gender Disparities

Faculty Mentor

Margie Brown-Coronel, Sandra Perez

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

208

Session

poster 4

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

My research pertains to the marginalization of minorities and their fight for civil rights. I am focusing on a Pro-Chicano youth activist organization, the Brown Berets, whose efforts and campaigns took place in the context of the Chicano Movement. In this project, I will showcase the Los Angeles Brown Berets to examine their policies and strategies used to unite the Chicano public and fight to secure inalienable rights. My general goal is to learn what distinguished the Brown Berets from other political organizations messages, tactics, and members. Different organizations were established during the Civil Rights Movement as individuals saw the need to approach the movement differently and felt that some rights (policies) needed to be addressed more so than others. The Brown Berets fought to secure educational equality in schools throughout the nation, end police brutality against Mexicans and Mexican Americans (also known as Chicanos), protect the rights of Chicanos, and unite the Chicano community. The Brown Berets began as an antimilitarist group and approached their campaigns peacefully, however, violence and abuse from the Los Angeles Police Department and the mistreatment of fellow Chicanos resulted in the Brown Berets transforming into a militant organization. The Brown Berets became the protectors of the Chicano Movement: they appeared at demonstrations and rallies (including speeches given by the United Farmworkers of America leader, Ceaser Chavez), and protests (including the Los Angeles Walkouts). The Brown Berets served as an inspiration to the Chicano and Chicana youth living in Los Angeles. They drove a large majority of the Chicano and Chicana youth to participate in the Chicano Movement. Allowing these youth to voice their opinions even served as a way to keep them out of gangs. Unfortunately, Chicana women who participated in the movement faced gender inequality from their male counter-parts, and many Chicana women experienced sexual harassment and a lack of respect during their service in different organization in the Chicano Movement including the Brown Berets. My specific objective is to research how young Chicana women navigated the patriarchy in the Brown Berets organization as machismo played a huge role in causing discrimination within the movements and organizations.

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Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM Nov 23rd, 11:30 AM

¡El Grito Por La Igualdad!/The Cry for Equality!: Young Chicanas/os participation in the Brown Berets Organization and their Community Action against Racial, Social, and Gender Disparities

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My research pertains to the marginalization of minorities and their fight for civil rights. I am focusing on a Pro-Chicano youth activist organization, the Brown Berets, whose efforts and campaigns took place in the context of the Chicano Movement. In this project, I will showcase the Los Angeles Brown Berets to examine their policies and strategies used to unite the Chicano public and fight to secure inalienable rights. My general goal is to learn what distinguished the Brown Berets from other political organizations messages, tactics, and members. Different organizations were established during the Civil Rights Movement as individuals saw the need to approach the movement differently and felt that some rights (policies) needed to be addressed more so than others. The Brown Berets fought to secure educational equality in schools throughout the nation, end police brutality against Mexicans and Mexican Americans (also known as Chicanos), protect the rights of Chicanos, and unite the Chicano community. The Brown Berets began as an antimilitarist group and approached their campaigns peacefully, however, violence and abuse from the Los Angeles Police Department and the mistreatment of fellow Chicanos resulted in the Brown Berets transforming into a militant organization. The Brown Berets became the protectors of the Chicano Movement: they appeared at demonstrations and rallies (including speeches given by the United Farmworkers of America leader, Ceaser Chavez), and protests (including the Los Angeles Walkouts). The Brown Berets served as an inspiration to the Chicano and Chicana youth living in Los Angeles. They drove a large majority of the Chicano and Chicana youth to participate in the Chicano Movement. Allowing these youth to voice their opinions even served as a way to keep them out of gangs. Unfortunately, Chicana women who participated in the movement faced gender inequality from their male counter-parts, and many Chicana women experienced sexual harassment and a lack of respect during their service in different organization in the Chicano Movement including the Brown Berets. My specific objective is to research how young Chicana women navigated the patriarchy in the Brown Berets organization as machismo played a huge role in causing discrimination within the movements and organizations.