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Symbols of Resistance Part One: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement

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A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement

Our radio adaptation of the film Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement, offers a reflection on the untold stories of the Chican@ Movement with a focus on Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Produced by Freedom Archives, the film delves into issues of cultural identity, student activism; land rights and social justice, in the face of police oppression.

The film represents an important component of the Chican@ struggle that is often not well understood—that the movement was not limited to organizing agricultural workers. It shows how conflicts with government included resisting unprovoked police violence in urban areas and many protests against systemic language discrimination, judicial discrimination, disproportionate imprisonment, and the lack of educational and employment opportunities. These rising community and student movements were targeted by the COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) of the FBI, working in tandem with other local, state, and federal agencies.

Image provided by the Freedom Archives.

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Featuring:

 

  • Priscilla Falcon, Activist/Professor
  • Kiko Martinez, Activist/Attorney
  • Ricardo Romero, Activist/Educator
  • Deborah Espinosa, Activist/Colorado Historian
  • Marco Martinez, Activist/Brother of Luis Jr. Martinez
  • Joe Martinez, Activist/Brother of Luis Jr. Martinez
  • Daniel Valdez, Songwriter/Musician
  • Lenny Foster, Activist/American Indian Movement
  • Juan Espinosa, Photographer/Journalist
  • Rita Melgares, Attorney
  • Reis Lopez Tijerina, Activist/La Alianza

 

 

 

Credits:

  • Producers of Film Symbols of Resistance: Claude Marks, Nathaniel Moore, Brenda Montano, Vera Tykulsker and Andres Alegria of the Freedom Archives
  • Film Narrator: Brenda Montano
  • Making Contact Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Producer of Radio Adaptation and Host: Anita Johnson
  • Making Contact Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
  • Making Contact Audience Engagement and Outreach Coordinator: Dylan Heuer

 

   

 

Music

  • Broken Hopes by Daniel Valdez
  • Music written and performed by Camilo Landau
  • Additional music for radio adaptation by Brentin Davis, song is Chasin Dem Bucks

 

 

 

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