October 21, 2020
Authors Josie Méndez-Negrete and Lorena V. Márquez discussed the community and activist histories of San Jose and Sacramento, California as part of a virtual book release celebration on Thrusday, October 15.
La Gente: Struggles for Empowerment and Community Self-Determination in Sacramento by Márquez, traces the rise of the Chicana/o Movement in Sacramento and the role of everyday people in galvanizing a collective to seek lasting and transformative change during the 1960s and 1970s.
Méndez-Negrete’s Activist Leaders of San José: En sus propias voces, narrates how parents—both mothers and fathers—were inspired to work for the rights of their people. Workers’ and education rights were at the core, but they also took on the elimination of at-large elections to open city politics, labor rights, domestic abuse, and health care.