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This Chicano Photographer Told Us Why Cesar Chavez Has Left A Lasting Impression With Latinos

George Rodriguez has been a photographer documenting life in Los Angeles for decades. It was in 1969 when he was first assigned to go to Delano, Calif. as a freelance photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times. There he documented the Labor Movement and the Farm Workers Union with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Rodriguez sat down with mitú to talk about his time documenting and photographing Chavez, and what it meant to him to be close to that movement.

This is photographer George Rodriguez and he has been pivotal in capturing Chicano history in California.

José Salvador Sanchez
CREDIT: José Salvador Sanchez

Rodriguez used to work for a magazine called West that was owned by the LA Times. One of his assignments in 1969 was to travel to Delano, Calif. to document the Labor Movement and the Farm Workers Union led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

“I was lucky that I was assigned to shoot [the movement],” Rodriguez told mitú.

José Salvador Sanchez
CREDIT: José Salvador Sanchez

“I don’t know how long the grape boycott had been in effect but it had been going on,” Rodriguez, who is holding a picture of himself and Chavez above, continued. “I was just looking forward to that because you hear [about] people, they’re out there and the name I was hearing was Cesar Chavez and so you become a part of it.”

One of the memories Rodriguez has of Chavez is his reaction to meeting someone whose last name was Rodriguez and worked for the LA Times.

José Salvador Sanchez
CREDIT: José Salvador Sanchez

“Eventually I got to meet Cesar and I remember our first conversation,” Rodriguez recalled to mitú. “He said something about being surprised that someone named Rodriguez would be coming from the LA Times.”

But it was Chavez’s true commitment to the cause the left an impression on Rodriguez.

José Salvador Sanchez
CREDIT: José Salvador Sanchez

Rodriguez told mitú that he could tell that Chavez was never in the movement for himself. As Rodriguez recalls, he was pretty selfless with his time working with the union and the Labor Movement and was only concerned with the betterment of the people impacted by the benefits of the union’s work.

Even though Chavez was almost exclusively involved with the Labor Movement, Rodriguez does think that his fame in the Latino community came from a lack of leadership during the time.

José Salvador Sanchez
CREDIT: José Salvador Sanchez

“He’s an idol,” Rodriguez told mitú about how Chavez is viewed by the Latino community. “I think it’s kind of tricky because, obviously, Cesar Chavez has got the most recognition, as he should. Be he didn’t necessarily only promote the Chicano Movement. He was head of working with the United Farm Workers and that’s what he did along with those other people up there. But, I think also that people attached to him because at that time there was such a lack of leadership.”

While Rodriguez was never part of the movement since he was there as a photojournalist, he has stayed in touch with the Chavez family all these years later.

José Salvador Sanchez
CREDIT: José Salvador Sanchez

“I’ve kept in contact with the Chavez family and because of it I’ve met and people became my friends, like Dolores Huerta, who is connected to the movement,” Rodriguez told mitú. “Once you’re around a movement like the United Farm Workers movement, and you’re out there taking photos you realize who your heroes are.”

And, to this day, Rodriguez will tell you that Cesar Chavez is still at the top of his list of people who impacted his life.

José Salvador Sanchez
CREDIT: José Salvador Sanchez

“People ask you about who makes an impression and who do you remember and he would, I think, be on the head of the list for me because you just feel something, you know,” Rodriguez told mitú about the lasting legacy of Chavez. “There’s something going on. It’s like a movement and you’re there and you’re so fortunate that you’re there.”


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Dumb blonde jokes. They’re overwrought, trite, and pretty outdated. So it’s no surprise that one that came straight from the mouth of a GOP House candidate and directed at Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t go over so well.

GOP House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene attempted a joke at Ocasio-Cortez’s expense on Twitter Monday and it failed miserably.

Greene, whose Georgia campaign is being supported by Donald Trump, attempted to hit at AOC’s intelligence on Monday in a tweet.

“As a blonde woman, I would like to take a moment to thank Congresswoman @AOC. She has single handily [sic] put an end to all ‘dumb blonde’ jokes. Blondes everywhere appreciate your service and your sacrifice!” Greene tweeted.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Greene, writing, “Don’t worry Mrs. Greene, I completely understand why you need to swing + miss at my intellect to make yourself feel better. You seem to have some trouble spelling your own insults correctly. Next time try ‘single-handedly,’ it’ll work better.”

She signed off her tweet writing “Good luck writing legislation!”

It’s not the first time Greene has come for AOC and failed.

Greene attempted and failed to get under AOC’s skin earlier this month.

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In September, the candidate shared a photo of herself holding a rifle next to images of AOC and other Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to her Facebook page.

She captioned the post “Squad’s worst nightmare.” It was soon removed by Facebook who cited violations of its policies.

It didn’t take long for AOC’s supporters to strike back at Green to defend the congresswoman.

“Those who are jealous and envious of others typical attack those whom they envy because they need to feel important and try to gain some attention for themselves,” one user commented in the thread. “You are where you are @AOC because of your work and dedication. Mrs Greene knows she can’t compete so she attacks.”

According to People, “Greene has a track record of embracing false stories publicized by QAnon, a conspiracy theory-fueled group which alleges there’s a group of Democratic pedophiles operating around the country.”

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Users On Reddit Are Sharing Why They Didn’t Vote In 2016 And The Answers Will Make Your Stomach Turn

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Users On Reddit Are Sharing Why They Didn’t Vote In 2016 And The Answers Will Make Your Stomach Turn

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In 2016, estimates from the U.S. Elections Project showed that nearly 43 percent of eligible voters failed to fill out a ballot for the presidential election. According to Pew Research, tens of millions of registered voters did so because of a “dislike of the candidates or campaign issues.” Shockingly, this means that in 2016, the number of people who were eligible to vote and chose not to greatly outnumbered who voted for Clinton, Trump, or a third-party candidate.

Curious about this, we turned to Reddit to find out WHY people were so quick to willfully toss out their voting power.

Check out the answers we found below.

“I wasn’t scared my brown or LBGTQ country folk would actually be fucked over. I assumed it was all his [Trump’s] ploy to get the people who voted Bush and Reagan in, to vote him in… Make the white people scared and make sure they don’t trust the Dems. or people of colour or alternative life choice. I’m from L.A.; we grow up mixed and if your a decent human you respect everyone or move back to whatever hate hole you come from.” – Sgrociopath

“I moved from a strong blue state to a strong blue state on November 7, 2016, which was too late to register to vote in this year’s election(and I re-checked multiple times to make sure that was the case).” –lovethenewname

“Didn’t pay enough attention when they first started running and by the time I was looking, everyon was so polarized biased I didn’t wanna dig through the bullshit to make an educated opinion.” –AndeeRin1031

“Didn’t find a candidate I could support. The only good thing anyone else had going for them was “eh at least it’s not Hillary” and when that’s your only good trait you’re not worth my support.” – egnards

“Because I didn’t want to pledge my allegiance to a candidate and then have to defend them for their choices. I want to complain about the president because a group of yes men ultimately get you sent to a psych ward.” –buk_ow_ski

“I didn’t have a permanent address and wasn’t sure how to even anything.” –weinerpug

“I live in a completely red state and didn’t give myself enough time. I left an hour and a half early for work, sat in line for 45 minutes, realized I wasn’t going to make it and said “fuck it” and left.” –Eensquatch

“I refused to vote (my first election that I did not) simply because both candidates were disgusting and there was simply no choice I could make.”-ultimatemayerfan

“I didn’t vote despite voting in the primaries. The reason why was aside from the fake propaganda essentially the democratic party really did know who they wanted and had enacted things to make primarying difficult in order to support Clinton. Dropping people from registries, cutting down primary locations, making it so you had to be registered so many months in advance Clinton was the only option. If your party deliberately makes it hard to vote you can’t turn around a few months later and tell everyone “Okay now get out and vote!”

Also the narrative against Sanders had been “1 man can’t change things that much”. But then when it was Clinton against Trump the narrative was “1 man will ruin everything”. You don’t get to have it both ways.

I was going to be a first-time voter but then I was basically told “we don’t want you to vote unless it’s who we tell you”

I don’t regret it. Especially since my state is so red (Utah) even had I voted for Clinton I would have just been another vote that didn’t win her the election.” –collin3000

“My ballot didn’t come in the mail.” –NutellaGood

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