Exposición “La Raza” Resalta Aporte al Movimiento Chicano

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Una exposición de fotografías del archivo de “La Raza”, publicación angelina bilingüe que cumple este año cincuenta años, resaltará su contribución al Movimiento Chicano del país.

La exposición recoge aspectos de las protestas escolares en el Este de Los Ángeles en 1968, las marchas de la Moratoria Chicana en 1970 y las diferentes expresiones culturales y artísticas del Movimiento Chicano en Los Ángeles, uno de sus epicentros.

La exhibición La Raza, que forma parte de la iniciativa cultural, será inaugurada el próximo 16 de septiembre para resaltar la trascendencia de este diario creado en 1967 y convertido luego en revista.

El Museo Autry del Oeste Americano mostrará fotografías que forman parte de un archivo de cerca de 25.000 imágenes actualmente bajo el manejo del Centro de Investigación de Estudios Chicanos (CSRC) de la Universidad de California Los Ángeles (UCLA).

“La Raza será el examen más sostenido hasta la fecha tanto de fotografía como de prensa alternativa del movimiento chicano, posicionando la fotografía no solamente como un medio artístico sino también como una poderosa herramienta de activismo social”, señaló el lunes en un comunicado.

La publicación atrajo a sus fotógrafos “no sólo como periodistas sino como artistas y activistas” del Movimiento de los Derechos Chicanos.

De esa forma, los fotógrafos captaron “los momentos definitivos, los participantes claves y los signos y símbolos del activismo chicano”.

La publicación que comenzó su vida en el sótano de una iglesia del Este de Los Ángeles, desde el principio fue concebida como “una herramienta de organización comunitaria a favor del movimiento chicano”, según destacó el ensayo “La Raza”, elaborado conjuntamente por Luis Garza, Colin Gunckel y Amy Scot, y publicado por UCLA este año.

La muestra estará abierta hasta el 1 de enero de 2019.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Giving Thanks, One Photo At A Time

August 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Angels Support Group has been busy putting up photos in a senior center conference room that doubles as a museum filled with artifacts chronicling the center’s history. The small room is now also home to a new memorial the group hopes will help preserve the legacy of giving by volunteers who have passed away.

Most of the old-timers who started the park’s programs are gone now, says Chris Mojica, a long time volunteer at Ruben Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles.

If it were up to him, everyone who uses the center would know the names of the people whose hard work, sacrifice and love helped make Salazar Park a vibrant community center.

Located in the heart of East L.A on Whittier Boulevard, Salazar Park is a place where people can come together and share good times, learn new skills, and even work on ways to influence elected officials by registering voters and sending letters on issues they deem important, the 86-year-old Mojica told EGP.

“It seems like just yesterday our park was called Laguna Park,” recalled Angel Support Group members in an email to EGP. They said most of the people who use the park aren’t aware it was at the center of one of the most important events in the fight for civil rights by Latinos in East Los Angeles, the Chicano Moratorium. Nor do they know its name was changed to honor Ruben Salazar, the journalist killed by Sherriff deputies during the Chicano Moratorium in 1970.

But the park’s legacy is not just about that moment in history, emphasizes Mojica, it’s really about the people who took it upon themselves to make sure services and activities are available to young and old in the Eastside, whether he or she was born in the U.S. or is an immigrant, speaks English, Spanish, or both.

Salazar Park volunteer Ray Guerrero uses his cane as a pointer, as one by one Angeles Support Group members names the volunteers whose photos have made it on to the memorial wall. (EGP photo by Gloria Alvarez-August 1, 2017)

Salazar Park volunteer Ray Guerrero uses his cane as a pointer, as one by one Angeles Support Group members names the volunteers whose photos have made it on to the memorial wall. (EGP photo by Gloria Alvarez-August 1, 2017)

If you live in a working class community and don’t have very much money, there aren’t always as many resources available, and those there are aren’t always the best. That’s why Salazar Park is so important to this community, said Ray Guerrero, 71, who has been lobbying the county parks department to include a variety of new amenities when it remodels the recreation center later this year.

It’s due to the generosity of a long list of volunteers that  “we have dancing, Pop Warner football and all kinds of sports,” ESL classes and other activities, the group said.

The Angels Support Groups is under the umbrella of the Friends of Salazar Park, a decades old volunteer organization dedicated to making the County of Los Angeles-run recreational facility a place where families feel comfortable gathering, and seniors feel wanted and respected. The Angels group was formed about a year and a half ago to provide emotional support and comfort to seniors as they face the challenges of growing old.

When someone doesn’t show up for a while, “we call to make sure he or she is okay. When a member of the group gets ill, we visit the person, sometimes at their home, but more often than not at a hospital or nursing home,” said 61-year-old Sylvia Ortiz. Sometimes there are too many people to fit into the van provided by the park to transport the volunteers, Ortiz said, adding, “It feels good to give back, to help others.”

Call it nostalgia or just wanting not to be forgotten, but these days there’s a sense of urgency in their efforts to memorialize their time and work at Salazar Park.

“We’ve lost some of the best friends Salazar Park ever had over the last few years and we just want people to know their names,” Mojica said, sharing with EGP a list of some of those who were around for decades giving of their time, energy and whatever resources they could muster before they passed.

Many on the list are honored with a photo on of the walls of the senior center.

On Tuesday, Guerrero used his cane as a pointer, as one by one they named the volunteers whose photos have made it on to the memorial wall. Ortiz joked that volunteer music instructor Marcelo Vasquez has left room for more photos, but she doesn’t want her picture up there anytime soon.

There’s Gabriela Salazar, or Gaby as most people knew her, a spitfire of a woman who volunteered at the center five days a week for over 30 years, teaching Zumba, organizing field trips, serving Thanksgiving dinner and giving out toys to the area’s many low-income families. Big in heart and full of energy, Gaby was always there.

Richard Romero, Audry Torres, Sergio Murga, Rosa Portillo and Elena Camargo all gave of their time and will be missed, so will former park director Dora Montijo.

Jonathan Sanchez, EGP’s COO and associate publisher who passed away in late December, has also earned a place on the wall at Salazar Park. “He gave us so many beautiful stories and donated money to our senior center,” the group said.

“All these wonderful people who gave so much, not only to our senior center but Salazar Park, have left us, but they are not forgotten,” the group said.

Memorial Wall photos of some of the men and women who spent decades volunteering to help Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy Angel Support Group August 1, 2017)

Memorial Wall photos of some of the men and women who spent decades volunteering to help Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy Angel Support Group August 1, 2017)

We owe them a lot, said Ortiz, who says she plans to follow their good example.

“What they gave came from the goodness in their souls,” added Vasquez.

A plaque on the wall, written in Spanish, recognizes their service and departure from this world:

“Thank you for all you have done for us. Rest in peace.”

Community Calendar: Dec. 4 – Dec. 10

December 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Today, 

Thurs., Dec. 4

3-4pm–Meet Children’s Author Edith Cohn at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. Cohn will read and sign copies of her book “Spirit Key”. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Library is located at 318 S. Ramona Ave. For info, call (626) 307-1358.

 

Friday, Dec. 5

11am-2pm–Affordable Care Act Enrollment Information at Anthony Quinn Library. Certified educators will provide information and answer questions and concerns. Open enrollment for 2015 begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Library is located at 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For info, call (323) 264-7715.

6pm–Monterey Park Holiday Snow Village. Event will kick off with the annual tree lighting, and feature snow led runs, holiday music and pictures with Santa Clause. Location: Barnes Park, 650 S. McPherrin Ave. For info, call (626) 307-1388. 

 

Saturday, Dec. 6

11am-1pm–Monterey Park LAMP Literacy Program Recognizes Tutor of the Year.  Once a year a tutor is selected for their dedication and achievement teaching English as a second language. Event will feature dignitaries and special guests. It will be held at city hall, located at 320 W. Newmark Ave. For info, call (626) 307-1333. 

2-3pm–The Holiday Magic of Tony Daniels at the Montebello Library. Enjoy a presentation by a magician in a holiday-themed show. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. For info, call (323) 722-6551.

 

Sunday, Dec. 7

1-4pm–The 70th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade. Presented by the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. Event will feature marching bands, drill teams, dancers, muscicians, floats, equestrian units, celebrities, community representatives and a visit from Santa Claus. The route will take place on Figueroa between Avenue 60 and Sycamore Grove Park. For info, call (323) 256-3151.

 

Monday, Dec. 8

9-10am–Free Zumba Class at Anthony Quinn Library. Join the fun with a certified Zumba instructor. Beginners welcome. Open to ages 11 and up. RSVP at the information desk. Library is located at 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. LA 90063. For info, call (323) 264-7715.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 9

11am-2pm–Affordable Care Act Enrollment Information at Montebello Library. Certified educators will provide information and answer questions and concerns. Open enrollement for 2015 begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. For info, call (323) 722-6551. 

6-7:30pm–Free LA Kids Basketball Clinics at the Lincoln Heights Recreation Center. Open to kids ages 7-14; quality instruction & a free t-shirt. Another session held Dec. 16. Recreation Center is located at 3501 Valley Blvd. LA 90031. For more info, call (213)847-1726.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 10

1-3pm–Free Apprentice Prep Orientation for Veterans at LA Trade Tech. Get info to prepare for a career in construction trades. Meeting will offer information and hold sign ups for free five weeks boot camp starting January 2015. LATTC is located at 400 W. Washington Blvd. LA 90015. For info, call (213) 763-7073. 

3:30-5:30pm–Winter Carnival Games at Bell Gardens Veterans Park. Join others at the game room to play homemade carnival games. Enjoy face painting, ring toss, fish bowl and more. Cost is free. Park is located at 6662 Loveland St. For info, call (562) 806-7654.

 

Upcoming 

Grand Opening Chicana Service Action Center WorkSource Center in Boyle Heights & 6th Street Bridge Job Fair Dec. 11 at 9am. Learn about jobs with the 6th Street Bridge Construction Project. Bring copies of your resume. Also learn about small business assistance available from the Business Source Center. Location: 1505 E. 1st Street. For more info call (323) 526-9332.

 

 

Ongoing

Pershing Square Ice Rink Through Jan. 19. Events, shows and DJs will perform on certain nights. Hours of operation varies. General admission is $9 plus skate rental $3. Pershing Square is located at 532 South Olive St. LA 90012. For info, visit www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com. 

 The Legacy of Ruben Salazar: A man of his words, a man of his time-Exhibit and retrospective at Cal State LA in the John F. Kennedy Library through March 27. CSULA is located at 5151 State University Dr. For info, call (323) 343-3066.

 

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