The Crusade for Justice: Chicano Militancy and the Government's War on Dissent

Overview

This definitive account of the Chicano movement in 1960s Denver reveals the intolerance and brutality that inspired and accompanied the urban Chicano organization known as the Crusade for Justice. Ernesto Vigil, an expert in the discourse of radical movements of this time, joined the Crusade as a young draft resistor where he met Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, the founder of the CFJ. Vigil follows the movement chronologically from Gonzales's early attempts to fight discrimination as a participant in local democratic ...
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Overview

This definitive account of the Chicano movement in 1960s Denver reveals the intolerance and brutality that inspired and accompanied the urban Chicano organization known as the Crusade for Justice. Ernesto Vigil, an expert in the discourse of radical movements of this time, joined the Crusade as a young draft resistor where he met Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, the founder of the CFJ. Vigil follows the movement chronologically from Gonzales's early attempts to fight discrimination as a participant in local democratic politics to his radical stance as an organizer outside mainstream politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299162245
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 487
  • Sales rank: 1,017,875
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernesto Vigil was a member of the Crusade for Justice from 1968-1981. He began this project ten years ago when he was a research associate at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race in America at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Rodolfo Gonzales' Crusade for Justice 3
2 Politics, Police Controversies, Surveillance: The Advent of the Crusade for Justice 18
3 The Poor People's Campaign 54
4 Youth Activism and the Crusade's New Headquarters 64
5 School Protests and Youth Liberation 81
6 Militancy and Counterreaction 110
7 East Los Angeles, August 29, 1970 133
8 Colorado in the Early 1970s: Education, Elections, Parks, and Prison Activism 160
9 La Raza Unida Party: Fights about Ideology and Structure 184
10 Wounded Knee as a Prelude: The Crusade for Justice and the American Indian Movement 201
11 Death and Destruction on Downing Street: The March 17 Confrontation 209
12 The Crusade, AIM, and Leonard Peltier 275
13 Conflicts, Deaths, and Indictments, 1973-1974 288
14 The Conspiracy Case Against John Haro 306
15 The System Weathers the Storm 328
16 Witch Hunts and Grand Juries 347
17 Sliding Backwards 364
Notes 385
Index 451
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