Play Voter Mobilization in Texas

The Chicano movement challenged the political status quo in San Antonio, and felt that Henry B. Gonzalez did not speak for them. Youth Activist Jose Angel Gutierrez organized school walk outs, and he blamed gringos for bringing Chicanos down. He organized the community and they started exercising their political will at the ballot box.

Play Farmworkers Strike

From Episode Five of LATINO AMERICANS, Prejudice and Pride, Caesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta lead the farmworkers strike and march from Delano to Sacramento.

Play Immigration and Education

There are more than 11 million undocumented Latinos living in the U.S. Many are people who have been here many year and their children are U.S. Citizens. Education is the way to opportunity, and as Latinos are 1/6 of the country, it is vital to make sure the Latino Youth are educated and able to reach their goals.

Play Immigration Demonstrations of 2006

If HR 4437 had past the Senate 12 million undocumented immigrants would have been declared felons. The protests of 2006 marchers turned out across the nation to rally against the bill. The protesters were heard and the bill failed to pass the Senate.

Play Los Angeles Walk Out

In 1968 Sal Castro organized the East Los Angeles High School walkouts, a series of protests against unequal conditions in Los Angeles Unified School District schools

Play Carlos Vaquerano

By the late 1970s Central America became a battleground of the cold war. In rural El Salvador, Carlos Vaquerano's friends and family members were killed by death squads. He was forced to flee to the United States in 1980.

Play Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta, a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with Cesar Chavez founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. (UFW)

Play Maria Elena Salinas

Maria Elena Salinas began as a reporter in 1981 in Los Angeles, in Spanish Language Media. She interviewed California Governor Pete Wilson in 1994 who was pushing Prop 187 in his reelection campaign. It severely restricted health care and other government services for undocumented immigrants.

Play Episode 6: Peril and Promise Trailer

From Cuba a second wave of refugees to United States – the Mariel exodus – floods Miami . The same decade sees the sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans (Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans)

Play Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia was a Mexican-American doctor who served in World War II. After returning home he dedicated his life to helping Hispanic Veterans receive the benefits they deserved. He founded the American G. I. Forum.

Play Macario Garcia

Private Macario Garcia received the medal of honor for heroics during World War II. When he returned home to Texas he was refused service at a local diner because he was Mexican.

Play G.I. Forum

By the end of the 1950s the GI Forum had expanded to 30 chapters across the country. Hector Garcia changed the lives of Latinos by the ballot box. Garcia's friendship with LBJ helped Kennedy carry Texas with his Viva Kennedy clubs.

Play Puerto Rico to New York

In the early years of the great depression New York offered a way out for Puerto Ricans. In the late 1940's Puerto Rico rolled out, "Operation Bootstrap" that lured American companies to the island to set up production for cheaper labor. Many people still left for better opportunities in New York.

Play Episode 4: The New Latinos Trailer

Until World War II, Latino immigration to the United States was overwhelmingly Mexican-American. Now three new waves bring large-scale immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.

Play Cuban Exodus

Luis and Carlos Capo left Cuba for the United States with their father in 1966, fleeing Castro and leaving their mother and three younger brothers behind. After being detained by the border patrol their journey brought them to Miami.

Play Eligio Pena

An immigrant from the Dominican Republic who fled the civil war and settled in New York, where he bought a supermarket in 1978 and now owns the Compare Foods supermarket franchise

Play Gustavo Perez Firmat

Gustavo Perez Firmat left Cuba in 1960 at age 11. The Castro govenment had nationalized the family business, prompting the family to leave the country.They came to Miami to wait for the fall of Castro and had every intention of moving back to Cuba once it was safe.

Play Guy Gabaldon

Guy Gabaldon was a Mexican American U.S. Marine who at the age of 18, captured 1,500 Japanese during the Battle of Saipan in World War II. The U.S. Government awarded him the silver star and the Navy Cross and was nominated for the Medal of Honor.

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