News Release| Chicano Movement; Cal State L.A.


Note to editors and news directors:

Reporters are
invited to interview the panelists (in English or Spanish)
about the role of women in community activism and particularly the
Chicano Movement. To make arrangements, contact Cindy Aragon at
or Associate Professor of Chicano Studies Dionne
Espinoza at 323-343-5348 or


Women pioneers of Chicano movement
to discuss how empowerment works 

Cal State L.A. hosts panel of long-time activists
Thursday, May 6

Los Angeles, CA

–  Six pioneers of the Chicano Movement will discuss how the
empowerment of women – including themselves – advanced it and other
civil rights efforts Thursday, May 6, from 6:10 to 8:50 p.m., at
Cal State L.A.

The panel—to be presented in Salazar Hall, Room E184—will include Anna
Nieto Gomez, Lydia Lopez, Gloria Arellanes, Vickie Castro, Soledad
“Chole” Alatorre, and Irene Tovar, who will moderate. (Brief biographies

For details about the event, call Cal State L.A.’s Department of Chicano
Studies at 323-343-2190 or e-mail event organizer Cindy Aragon at

Here’s more about the panelists:

Anna Nieto Gomez

helped found Las Hijas de Cuautemoc at CSU Long Beach; established the
first Chicana feminist journal, Encuentro Femenil; and was active
in the Chicana Service Action Center and the Chicana Welfare Rights

Lydia Lopez
the first Chicana to serve on a grand jury, served as president of the
United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) while a member of the Church of
the Epiphany. She also worked at La Placita Church along with Father

Gloria Arellanes
as minister of correspondence and finance in the Brown Berets,
coordinated the East Los Angeles Free Clinic.  She also helped found
“Las Adelitas de Aztlán,” an all-female anti-war group. Arellanes
recently donated

historical materials from the period
to the University library’s
special collections.

Vickie Castro
a Cal State L.A. alumna and formerly vice president in the Young
Citizens for Community Action, was active in the East Los Angeles school
walkouts. She also served on the Los Angeles Unified School District
Board of Education.

Irene Tovar
long active in the black civil rights efforts and the Chicano Movement,
helped found the Chicano Studies program at CSU Northridge (when it was
San Fernando Valley State College). She was active in the Chicano
Moratorium Committee and was the vice-president of the Greater Los
Angeles Urban Coalition.

Soledad “Chole” Alatorre
a native of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, began organizing workers in the
1950s. As a union steward and contract negotiator, she led strikes that
sparked improved working conditions. She was also a co-founder of CASA.

For details about the Department of Chicano Studies at Cal State L.A.,
visit this link:


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