This essay provides a narrative timeline of the events leading up to what would become the 1999 twLF Movement at UC Berkeley. Just as it was inspired by the previous generation, the 1999 reincarnation now stands as an inspiration for current movements in Ethnic Studies K–12. This essay offers context to the political and social landscape of the 1990s, examining the racist slew of California ballot propositions and how community organizing on the ground, particularly with youth, created a generation of college student activists who renewed the visions of the twLF.
1999 twLF at UC Berkeley: An Intergenerational Struggle for Ethnic Studies
Dr. Jennie M. Luna was born and raised in East San José, California. Granddaughter/Daughter of migrant farm workers and cannery workers, she received her undergraduate degree in Chicana/o Studies and Mass Communications at UC Berkeley. She received her Masters in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and her PhD in Native American Studies from UC Davis. Dr. Luna is an Associate Professor in Chicana/o Studies at California State University Channel Islands and her research focuses on the contemporary history of Danza Mexica/Azteca tradition and its impact on Xicana Indígena identity formation. Her work has been published in academic journals, including Regeneración Tlacuilolli UCLA Raza Studies Journal and Diálogo, an Interdisciplinary Studies Journal. Her essay, “La Tradición Conchera: The Historical Process of Danza and Catholicism,” was awarded the 2014 Antonia I. Castañeda Prize of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.
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Jennie M. Luna; 1999 twLF at UC Berkeley: An Intergenerational Struggle for Ethnic Studies. Ethnic Studies Review 1 October 2019; 42 (2): 83–98. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2019.42.2.83
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