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Power to the PoorBlack-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974$
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Gordon K. Mantler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780807838518

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608068_Mantler

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Multiracial Efforts, Intra-racial Gains

Multiracial Efforts, Intra-racial Gains

(p.154) 6 Multiracial Efforts, Intra-racial Gains
Power to the Poor

Gordon K. Mantler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how local police officers attacked hundreds of protesters who had begun to trek back to the Hawthorne School after a boisterous demonstration against a recent ruling on American Indian fishing rights. Prompted by what the media called lewd gestures by Chicano teens, officers on motorcycles set off a scuffle when they attempted to break marchers' ranks and nearly ran over several small children in the process. While the horrified crowd watched, officers then beat and arrested about a dozen young men protecting the children, including Ernesto Vigil of the Crusade for Justice and Danny Tijerina, one of Reies Tijerina's sons. Bloodied and disoriented, the men then were taken to jail for the afternoon, leaving the remaining protesters shaken and angry about what they considered an unprovoked assault. Yet activists like Corky Gonzales, Ralph Abernathy, and Hank Adams were not surprised by the viciousness. They had seen it before.

Keywords:   local police officers, protesters, Hawthorne School, American Indian fishing rights, Chicano teens, Ernesto Vigil, Danny Tijerina

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