The work on our next documentary focusing on the Chican@ struggle in the Southwest continues to reveal essential aspects of the movement and their historical and present day manifestations. In the clip below, movement elder Ricardo Romero takes us through the history of the youth brigades at Tierra Amarilla,  the importance of history and culture to sustaining the struggle and explains why youth based, collective initiatives such as this are so important.

Whether represented by the youth activism of Ricardo Falcon, UMAS (United Mexican American Student) organization, and “Los Seis de Boulder” in the 1970s, or present day youth brigades (having now served over 800 young people) it is clear youth engagement and empowerment continues to be essential to the Chican@ struggle. Stay tuned for more clips as the filming process progresses!

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