(Xicana Moratorium Day art announcement created by Dignidad Rebelde)
On my second to last day in the Bay Area, Anita received a Facebook message from one of her FB friends. The message contained a show card image and the announcement for the 34th annual Xicana Moratorium Day, which was held in the city of Oakland, California. Only being a 20 minute freeway drive from our hotel, we made the trek to San Antonio park on Sunday August 25th, 2013 to attend the Xicana Moratorium Day event.
(Charles Pinky DeBaca and the start of the Chicano Movement in Oakland history reading at San Antonio Park. writer unknown)
I always try to do some research prior to visiting any event or location.
What I learned was San Antonio park played an important part in the history of the Chicano Movement in Oakland, California in the1960’s and 1970’s with the Mexican Latino Community. On July 26th, 1970 San Antonio Park was the location of a huge rally and protest against the Vietnam war called the Chicano Moratorium. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s San Antonio Park became a mecca for the Chicano Lowrider community. After learning the history of San Antonio park it was a must to visit this Chicano historical site in the Bay Area.
(Canvas painting attached to fence at Xicana Moratorium Day, artwork by Tom “Grey” Eyes and Pancho Pescado)
This was the 34th annual Xicana Moratorium Day held, but this would be CAM's first ever attended. This would also be our inaugural trip to the city of Oakland, California.
As we walked up to the Xicana Moratorium Day event we first heard the poets powerful words over the loudspeakers, we also came upon the vendor booths as we neared the events venue. Once at the event I was able to learn more about the history of Chicanos in Oakland. Posted on a fence at the event for any and everyone who wanted to ascertain and assimilate, were a few articles telling the history of the Chicano Movement in Oakland, California. One article that caught my attention was the story of Charles “Pinky” DeBaca and the start of the Chicano Movement in Oakland.
(Aerosol artist working on a canvas piece at the Xicana Moratorium Day @ San Antonio park in Oakland, California 2013)
While making our way around the vendor booths we met and chatted with artists Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza of the art duo Dignidad Rebelde who were also in attendance at San Antonio park. Dignidad Rebelde is also responsible for the Xicana Moratorium Day event artwork.
Xicana Moratorium Day event was positive and a family fun event for the city of Oakland and their residents. CAM would like to thank everybody involved in the event.
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