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Change cannot come about without passionate feelings. Viva la Raza critiques the past and does not go along with the road map. It is an honest book that pulls no punches. Its passion is a breath of fresh air. --Professor Rodolfo Acuna, groundbreaking Chicana/o Studies historian

The story of the Chicano liberation movement by two radical women committed to our lucha, who know that the struggle continues until our final victory with the peoples of the world. ¡Venceremos! --Jose Cervantes, veteran of el movimiento

Recommended to all who thirst to know Chicano history. Takes on sacred cows and icons as it probes into the forces that both unite and divide our struggle. A needed addition to the arsenal of revolutionary literature. --Gil Veyna, labor activist and independent radical

About the Author

Yolanda Alaniz grew up working in the fields of Eastern Washington. After moving to Seattle to attend college, she was active in the Chicano movement, union mobilizations, and early feminist organizing. She graduated with a degree in Editorial Journalism and, after moving to Los Angeles, received a Master s Degree in Library Information Studies. She is co-editor, with Nellie Wong, of the anthology Voices of Color.

Megan Cornish is a longtime activist for women s rights and racial justice, and an avid student and teacher of Marxist theory. She was one of the first women in the country to become a journey-level worker in the utility electrical trades. She and Heidi Durham co-wrote Women Workers: Sparkplugs of Labor, a study of the political impact of the changing demographics of the U.S. labor force.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Red Letter Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932323286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932323286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Francisco N. Tamayo on October 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Chicana/o Studies gains strong new resource with Viva la Raza

by Francisco Tamayo

For the last two years, I have been teaching Introduction to Chican@ Studies at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, Wash. I have used pieces such as Occupied America and Youth, Identity, and Power as a way to introduce my students to the field of Chican@ Studies. Acuña and Muñoz narrate the Chican@ experience within the American Southwest. The work of Erasmo Gamboa, Mexican Labor and World War II: Braceros in the Pacific Northwest, 1942-1947, explicates the oppressive working conditions imposed on braceros by México and the United States.

However, I wanted to study with my students the intersecting oppressions of Mexican@s and Chican@s of the Pacific Northwest. As a post-movimiento student and instructor, it is important for me to gain a more complex historical understanding of the early Chican@ Movement.

It is no secret that el movimiento primarily concentrated on a cultural nationalist ideology and secondarily on class inequalities. The social conditions of women, gays, and lesbians were not discussed until the demise of el movimiento. The decline of the early Chicano Movement is often attributed to its cultural nationalist, patriarchal, and localized ideologies. It was Chicana feminists, lesbians, and gays who argued that ideological issues of la familia, sexism, heterosexism, religion, and poverty are interrelated within repressive structures, which leads to the inferiorization, exclusion, and marginalization of the "Other."

Still, post-movimiento generations face institutional racism, class inequality, language discrimination, sexism, and heterosexism.
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The book presents a lively history of the Chicano/a movement as it grappled with nationalist identity vs integration,feminism, lesbian/gay rights, electoral politics and labor strikes. It includes exciting sections on the University of Washington and Yakima.
The authors, from Seattle, also cover an earlier history that I rarely see: the Mexican American War and the ensuing seizure by the young U.S. of California, New Mexico and Arizona. This is a must-read for background for those who are debating the rights of immigrants.I
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