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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

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

“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

“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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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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