Las Delicias Café during "Fiesta Days," 1946. Antonio Regalado Calvo and Maria de la Luz Mendez Calvo were immigrants from Sonora, Mexico. They married in 1926 and started their own business selling Mexican food to workers in local packing houses. As the business grew, Antonio and Luz were eventually able to open a small restaurant, Las Delicias Café, on 1118 Pico Street in downtown San Fernando. Antonio and Luz (Mendez) Calvo Family Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
This flyer was distributed by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee's (AWOC) national director, C. Al Green, and the Conferación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos (CROC) to alert Mexican agricultural workers working legally in the United States that they have the right to Social Security, unemployment insurance, and a minimum wage, and that they should register with the Farm Labor Sector, September 18, 1965. Max Mont Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
Cinco De Mayo ... a bit of history. Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but in the US, it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Some of the largest festivals are held in LA, Chicago and Houston.
Lucy Eldine Gonzalez American labor organizer and radical socialist,. born around 1853 in Texas, likely as a slave, to parents of Native American, Black American and Mexican ancestry. In 1871 she married Albert Parsons, a former Confederate soldier. They were forced to flee from Texas north by intolerant reactions to their interracial marriage. They settled in Chicago, Illinois. Described by the Chicago Police Department as "more dangerous than a thousand rioters" in the 1920s,
mijajaja: This is Casa Aztlan, Pilsen, Chicago The resistance begins in the barrio.“Casa Aztlan is located in a building that originally housed the Bohemian settlement house founded in 1896. In 1905 the building became the Howell Neighborhood House and then the Neighborhood Service Organization. In the early 1970’s, Middle European immigrants began leaving Pilsen while Mexican immigrants began to arrive in greater numbers. In 1970 through the leadership of the Brown Berets the organization…
The Weeping Woman by David Blancas MEXICAN LEGEND Children are warned not to go out in the dark, for, La Llorona might snatch them and never return them. http://www.literacynet.org/lp/hperspectives/llorona.html
Mexico's Mariachi Music Recognized by UNESCO: UNESCO has officially awarded recognition to Mexican mariachi music as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at a ceremony held over the weekend as part of the 19th International Mariachi Meeting in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara.
Letter from Cesar Chavez to Julian Nava, May 11, 1971. Nava and Chavez worked together throughout their careers. In 1967, Chavez, then president of the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers), assisted Nava in his candidacy for the Los Angeles Board of Education. In this letter, Chavez thanks Nava for writing a letter to Congressman Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr., the son of Senator Barry Goldwater. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
William Ellsworth Smythe, founder of a social movement known as "Little Landers" worked with George W. Harris and Marshall Valentine Hartranft to build the "Los Terrenitos" or the "Little Lands" Colony in 1913. Smythe and his disciples believed that any man could support himself and his family on a single acre of irrigated land.The Colony struggled through economic recession and by 1920 had ceased to exist. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.