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San Diego’s Chicano Park Has Finally Attained National Historic Landmark Status

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Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan has finally been given National Historic Landmark status, the San Diego Tribune reports. The Department of the Interior, headed by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, highlighted the park’s significance, saying, “Representative of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, Chicano Park has become a cultural and recreational gathering place for the Chicano community.” Chicano Park is known for its vibrant murals, which depict culturally significant icons and abstract works of art by Latino artists.

Prior to receiving National Historic Landmark status, Chicano Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The park became a significant landmark in the 1970s, when Latino protesters stood up to the California Highway Patrol officers attempting to use the land though it was designated for community use. In the 1980s, Fox 5 reports, the San Diego Historical Site Board designated the area an “official historical site,” and in 2013, Chicano Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

San Diego council member David Alvarez told KPBS, “Receiving this landmark status will help preserve this location for generations to come and further validate the communities’ struggle for equality and social justice.”


READ: Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park Has Its Eyes On Historical Landmark Status

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Sophie Cruz's Mom Wiping Her Tears As She Watched Her 6 Year Old Speak At The Women's March Is All Of Us

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Sophie Cruz’s Mom Wiping Her Tears As She Watched Her 6 Year Old Speak At The Women’s March Is All Of Us

Sophie Cruz, the fearless immigration activist with the larger-than-life personality, made an appearance at the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, and delivered a passionate speech in English and Spanish.

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The pint-sized leader appeared onstage with her parents and little sister in front of half a million people, and it was clear that this young woman has no fear of public speaking.

The six-year-old, who’s been on our radar since she rushed to deliver a letter the Pope back in 2015, continues to empower us with her words of hope and inspiration while her life is in limbo due to her parents undocumented status.

She began by introducing herself, then got down to business.

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“Let us fight with love, faith and courage so that our families will not be destroyed. I also want to tell the children not to be afraid, because we are not alone. There are still many people that have their hearts filled with love and tenderness to snuggle in this path of life. Let’s keep together and fight for the rights. God is with us,” Cruz said to cheers and applause.

Cruz then went on to say her entire speech in Spanish!


She ended her speech by chanting: Si se puede! And just like her mother, we also couldn’t hold back the tears.

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Watch her full speech below:


Thank you, Sophie, for representing our community!


READ: Here’s How Three Women, Including A Mexican-American, Came Together To Organize One Of The Biggest Marches Of Our Time

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