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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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

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

“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

“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

“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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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

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Rep. AOC Opens Up About Being A Sexual Assault Survivor And Capitol Riots In Powerful IG Live

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Rep. AOC Opens Up About Being A Sexual Assault Survivor And Capitol Riots In Powerful IG Live

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most recognizable faces of Congress, used an Instagram Live video to share her experience in the Capitol riot. The congresswoman from New York also shared with the audience that she is a victim of sexual assault.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finally broke her silence about her experience during the Capitol riot.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was in the Capitol on Jan. 6 when a group of angry far-right extremists stormed the building. The Congress was in the process of certifying the election results to certify President Joe Biden’s victory. In the chaos, people died and members of Congress were rushed to secure locations to keep everyone safe.

There has been a lot of chatter that some Republican members of Congress are responsible for the attack. Some members of Congress have accused colleagues of giving rioters tours the day before the attack and two senators are facing calls to resign or expulsion over their connection. Sen. Josh Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz are facing sustained nad bipartisan calls to resign after appearing to encourage the insurrection on Jan. 6.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez openly shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault. The moment comes at the beginning of the video as he breaks down the way some of her colleagues have talked about the riot.

“They’re trying to tell us to forget about what happened. They’re trying to tell us that it wasn’t a big deal. They’re trying to tell us to move on without an accountability, without any truth telling, or without actually confronting the extreme damage, physical harm, loss of life, and trauma that was inflicted on, not just me as a person, not just other people as individuals, but on all of us as a collective and on many other people,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says in the IG Live. “We cannot move on without accountability. We cannot heal without accountability. So, all of these people who want to tell us to move on are doing so at their own convenience.”

AOC highlighted how these tactics and this rhetoric is similar to that of an abuser. She calls out those using this rhetoric as hiding from what they did for their own convenience and how it something she has heard before.

“I’m a survivor of sexual assault and I haven’t told many people that in my life,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says as her voice cracks and she tears up. “When we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other and so whether you have a neglectful parent or whether you have someone who was verbally abuse towards you. Whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life, small to large, these episodes can compound on one another.”

During that moment, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez hid in a colleagues office and feared for her life. In a previous Instagram Live video, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez spoke about how she had a moment when she feared for her life but could not say anything due to security issues. Her latest IG Live is open and free to discuss what happened and it is a terrifying ordeal.

At first, AOC took shelter in her office and had to hide in the bathroom as the attackers broke into her office.

“I just hear these yells of ‘WHERE IS SHE? WHERE IS SHE?’” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez recalls. “This was the moment where I thought everything was over. I thought I was going to die.”

“I felt that if this was the journey my life was taking, I felt that things were going to be okay — and that I had fulfilled my purpose,” Rep. AOC said through tears.

According to AOC, her legislative director Geraldo Bonilla-Chavez, told her to come out of the bathroom and that there was a Capitol police officer there who secured her office. Yet, something seemed off so the two fled to get to another secure location. That’s when they ended up in Rep. Katie Porter’s office.

This is when AOC changed into sneakers and gym clothes so she could run and blend if she had to. She continues to say that a real split between Democrats and Republicans has led to an environment of fear and that on the day of the insurrection, she never felt sully safe or secured.

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