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October 21, 1991 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The only way you're going to see folk traditions in 50 years is in the work of contemporary artists. It's up to us to keep them alive," says Frank Romero, a prominent Chicano artist who has created folk-based installations in conjunction with two major folk art shows--one at the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the other at Cal State Northridge Art Gallery. Romero worked alone on his Northridge installation: a 12-foot-long wooden version of a low-rider--a purple 1948 model Chevy.
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September 17, 1988 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
It isn't often that Miss Mexico is booed at a Mexican independence day observance in Los Angeles. But this nonpolitical symbol of good will heard jeers this year because she had the misfortune of mentioning the outgoing president of Mexico when opposition to his regime is so intense that it has crossed the border into Southern California's Mexican community.
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April 19, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lou Salazar and his buddies at American Legion Post 804 in East Los Angeles get mad every time they see one of the city's oldest monuments to Latino war veterans defaced by graffiti or cluttered with trash. For years, the obelisk-like monument at a five-point intersection of Brooklyn Avenue and Lorena and Indiana streets behind the Evergreen Cemetery has been the center of Memorial Day homages to Latino veterans.
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August 24, 1990 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Mexican-American has the lowest educational level, below either black or Anglo, the highest drop-out rate, and the highest illiteracy rate." --Ruben Salazar in his last Times column on Aug. 28, 1970 According to many Chicano activists, what Ruben Salazar wrote 20 years ago is still true today. "He was right then," said Rodolfo Acuna, a Chicano studies professor at Cal State Northridge. "We're worse off today than we were then."
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May 15, 1993 | LARRY GORDON and MARINA DUNDJERSKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
UCLA was threatened with painful state budget reprisals Friday unless the school reverses itself and upgrades its Chicano studies program to an independent department. But after a lengthy meeting with some state and federal legislators, UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young said he had not changed his opinion that Chicano studies should remain an interdisciplinary program for at least two more years. State Sen.
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August 26, 1990 | Merle Schipper, Schipper is a free-lance art historian based in Santa Monica who will co-chair the Congress of the International Assn. of Art Critics (AICA).
Some murals that bedeck the scene as Los Angeles Festival opens are going to give streetside L.A. not only a new look, but also a challenging one. Two of them, for that matter, are not new.
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May 5, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed that the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo has been lost in a blizzard of beer promotions, a band of protesters on Thursday declared their intent to reclaim the holiday from alcohol companies and other commercial interests. At a sidewalk demonstration outside the Hollywood offices of KLVE-FM radio, the group pushed for alcohol-free celebrations and called on county officials to withdraw the Spanish-language station's permit to stage the Budweiser Cinco de Mayo Fest.
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April 10, 2000 | SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hoisting posters, waving banners and shouting "La lucha sigue"--the struggle continues--more than 150 people paraded downtown Sunday to commemorate the life of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. "Zapata, listen to us, your people continue to fight!" blared in Spanish from loudspeakers during the march. Mexican Americans and other Latinos today are facing the same problems Zapata fought against decades ago, said Jaime Cruz, one of the event's coordinators.
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August 1, 1989 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
More than 20 years ago film maker Moctesuma Esparza had an educational experience that changed his life. A two-day leadership conference on education in the Santa Monica Mountains provided the epiphany for Esparza, then 16, that inspired him to graduate from high school, score high on entrance exams, and earn bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA. The conference focused on just how woefully inadequate schooling had become for Latinos in his hometown of East Los Angeles.
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April 5, 1999 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old boxes that the construction workers stumbled across in a UCLA library storage room didn't look like much at first. But when sociology professor Vilma Ortiz was called over by a librarian to inspect the forgotten files and old computer tapes piled up in Powell Library, she knew they were a find.
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