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About the Author
LAURA E. GARCIA is the editor of the Tribuno del Pueblo newspaper, a bilingual publication that gives voice to the poor and to those fighting unjust laws, such as those that make the undocumented immigrant an animal of prey. She lives in Chicago.
SANDRA M. GUTIERREZ is a lifelong community activist who has advocated for immigrant rights, unionization, youth counseling, and cultural diversity. She lives in Pasadena, California.
FELICITAS NUÑEZ was a co-founder of the Teatro de las Chicanas and continues to be a driving force behind the organization. She lives in Bermuda Dunes, California.
Table of ContentsForeword by Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez Acknowledgments Timeline Introduction Recuerdos / Memoirs
1. Delia Ravelo
2. Peggy Garcia
3. Laura E. Garcia
4. Gloria Bartlett Heredia
5. Teresa Oyos
6. Kathy Requejo
7. Clara Cuevas
8. Virginia Rodriguez Balanoff
9. Sandra M. Gutierrez
10. Margarita Carrillo
11. Hilda Rodriguez
12. Delia Rodriguez
13. Guadalupe Beltran
14. Maria Juarez
15. Gloria Escalera
16. Evelyn Cruz
17. Felicitas Nuñez Conclusion
Actos/Scripts Chicana Goes to College Bronca So Ruff, So Tuff Salt of the Earth E.T.--The Alien Anti-Nuke Commercial Archie Bunker Goes to El Salvador
Addendum: Reunion of Teatro de las Chicanas Addendum: Bylaws of Teatro Raíces Key Spanish Terms Biographies
What People are Saying About This
"'Órale, ya era tiempo.' Stories of 'the Movement' too often emphasize men's roles, ignoring the vital participation of women or relegating them to the sidelines. In Teatro Chicana, women are central to the ideas, emotions, strategies, writing, art, and music of the 1960s and 1970s when this countryand much of the worldrocked with revolutionary imagination and fervor. The Chicano Movement, like most social movements, also had many women warrior/leaders-this struggle was shaped and ignited by women, fed and nurtured by women, with many men at their sides. I was part of thisI knew first hand how feminine spirit, energy, and love embraced and impelled us. Seeing it again through the voices of the elder-teachers in this book, I'm remindedno movement is complete without la mujer."
"This collection of testimonials of early Xicanistas and their work in teatro is an important contribution to the preservation of the spirit and energy that made the Chicano Movement."
"These memoirs are the personal, honest, and riveting testimonials of seventeen Chicanas who performed Chicana theater during the 1970s. These carnalas empowered themselves and thousands during the tumultuous years of the Movimiento by performing plays for working-class communities. From college campuses to the fields where campesinos toiled, estas mujeres had the courage to fight gender inequality. We need their courage today. And we need their stories for a new generation of Chicanas and for working women everywhere."