In the late 60’s two brothers were separately fighting for equality on either coast of North America. In East Los Angeles, David Sanchez the sparked the Brown Berets for Chicano power and upliftment. It was formed from a youth group to address problems plaguing the Mexican-American community like police brutality and migrant rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Around the same time in Chicago, Jose Cha Cha Jimenez reconstructed the gang known as the Young Lords into the Young Lords Organization. They became a national civil and human rights organization focused on issues pertaining to the Puerto Rican-American community.
The Brown Berets
The Brown Berets quickly emerged into a country-wide organization with chapters in Arizona, California, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas. They were known for being warriors against police brutality and abuse. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
They protested and made their voices heard throughout their community as well as within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. They unified with the United Farmers Workers Movement. They also worked with Land Grant Movement from New Mexico.
In 1969 Corky Gonzales organized the first Chicano Youth Liberation Movement in Denver Colorado. He invited the Young Lords to attend and be part of the event.
Both groups represent not only their respective racial stock but all Latinos and oppressed people in North America and throughout the world. And although both Mexicans and Puerto Ricans are indigenous natives of this land they are both labeled as migrants. And both are fighting for civil and human rights today.
The Birth Of A New Symbol
David Sanchez created and published his 3-page manifesto detailing the purpose of the organization and developing discipline and efficiency through a military regime for social upliftment. It was the Brown Berets blueprint on a new culture or a nation within a nation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Changing With The Times And Getting Stronger
With time and experience, the Young Lords began to realize that we need to support each other regardless of race, religion, and sexual orientation. In fact, Slyvia Rivera was the Puerto Rican drag queen who was a co-founder of Street Transvestite Action Rebellion (STAR) as well as a member of the Lesbian and Gay Caucus an extension of the Young Lords.
“They were on the same road we were.” – Young Lord Pablo Guzman
Honorable Mentions: The Revolutionary Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Both The Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media are the children of Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin. A labor of love and a feeling of duty, the Frontera Fund was ironically born from the unlawful actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They took the almost 4 million dollar settlement and have pledged to utilize it for migrant rights organizations throughout Arizona.
What unlawful actions did sheriff Joe Arpaio commit?
He ordered that the two journalists were arrested. They were jailed after being snatched from their beds in the dead off the night. During the grand jury inquiry, it was discovered that Sheriff Joe was attempting to acquire the reporter’s notes on all articles pertaining him.
Out Of Control Joe
It was shocking to discover there were documented grand jury subpoenas for the identity of all of the New Times readers that looked at any article involving sheriff Joe.
I Fought The Law And I Won
The judicially astute Lacey and Larkin took it to the courtroom and after an arduous fight won in the 9th round or rather the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.