This article explores the 1960s welfare rights movement in Los Angeles as one example of social justice activism based on Black-Brown coalition building and solidarity across various social movements. Within the larger welfare rights movement, a fundamentally feminist cause, Escalante advocated for the specific cultural, linguistic, and legal needs of the Spanish-speaking community. Participating in Black-Brown solidarity for multiple social justice causes in Los Angeles and nationally, Alicia Escalante faced arrests and police violence, modeling and inspiring her children and others, then and now, to militant dignity work.
Chicana Militant Dignity Work: Building Coalition and Solidarity in the Los Angeles Welfare Rights Movement
Rosie Cano Bermudez is a Chicana from Southeast Los Angeles and is a first-generation college student. She is a UC President's Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of History. She received her PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Dignity Warriors: Alicia Escalante and the Multiracial Coalition for Economic Justice and Human Dignity.
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Rosie C. Bermudez; Chicana Militant Dignity Work: Building Coalition and Solidarity in the Los Angeles Welfare Rights Movement. Southern California Quarterly 30 October 2020; 102 (4): 420–455. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2020.102.4.420
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