Chicano Movement leader Alurista will be the keynote speaker for PSU Chicano/Latino Awareness Week on Thursday, March 4 from 7-9 pm in the PSU Ballroom. A veteran of the Chicano and Farmworker Movements, Alurist co-founded MEChA in 1967. Today, MEChA exists on over 300 high school and college campuses in the U.S. Alurista also co-founded the Chicano Studies Department at SDSU in 1967; in 1969, he helped establish the Chicano Studies Center there. He was also instrumental in organizing the East L.A. anti-war Chicano Moratorium in 1970. On August 29, over 10,00 activists gathered at this event to protest the Viet Nam war, listen to speakers and to take part in cultural events. As Alurista was addressing the crowd, over 500 police moved into the crowd in military formation. The resultant police riot left activists tear gassed and beaten unconsious. Ruben Salazar, the first Chicano journalist to write for the L.A. Times and militant L.A. PD critic, was killed on this day when a ten inch tear gas projectile struck him in the head at close range.
Alurista will take part in a book signing after the keynote. He will also conduct a workshop on Thursday March 4 from 3-5 pm at PSU, location tba.
March 4 7-9 pm
1825 SW Broadway
Info: PSU MEChA 503.725.5648
PSU Chicano/Latino Studies 503.725.8449
PSU rearguard 503.725.2966