Throughout this week, there have been walkouts all over California in protest of the immigrant bashing occuring in government bodies of this country. Throughout the history of Chicanos in this country, we can see examples of how students of color took to the streets to get their demands heard. In 1968, Chicano students in East Los Angeles staged a historic walkout in their high schools to protest academic prejudice and dire school conditions. "Students were forbidden from speaking Spanish in class or from using the restrooms during lunchtime. Schools taught a curriculum that largely ignored or denied Mexican-American history and Chicano students were steered toward menial labor and away from college by counselors and school officials. In March 1968, the students decided to take a stand against the injustice and staged walkouts in schools across L.A. Many date the modern Chicano movement to the walkouts when some 20,000 teenagers took to the streets" -Democracy Now.
See the Show in which Amy Goodman interviews Moctesuma Esparza, the Executive Director of a new HBO film about the 1968 walkouts:
Walkout: The True Story of the Historic 1968 Chicano Student Walkout in East L.A.