Walkout: The Story of the “East LA 13”

You have successfully argued that there are many areas where we enjoy more freedoms due to the civil rights activism of the people we have studied thus far.   Workers’ rights, equality, gender issues, and other areas are better because of these people.   Their tactics, approaches, philosophies, and thoughts on equality span the range from peaceful, non-violent satyagraha, as exemplified by Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to activism that allowed for violent self-defense, as in the early philosophies of Malcom X and the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

Gandhi taught that non-violent resistance requires the greatest of strength. He taught that where injustice is found, it must be exposed.

In the United States, we do this through our political system–we have regular elections.  Politicians work for us.  But sometimes, despite the great amount of good work that officials do, the system needs a wake up call.

The HBO film “Walkout” is a case in point. This story, created by now Hollywood producer Moctesuma Esparza, an original member of the  “East LA 13,” chronicles the events that led to this historic protest by students in East Los Angeles seeking to improve conditions in their schools.

The organization Democracy Now produced an interesting piece on the history behind this walkout, interviewing Esparza.

Please comment below.

What impact did the East LA 13 have on equality in education?  How have they affected California politics to this day?  Feel free to research.

3 thoughts on “Walkout: The Story of the “East LA 13”

  1. East LA 13 had a great impact on the equality of education. Firtt of all, they were not afraid to stand up for what they thought. which bravery is ne of the main keys in fighting for something you want. you cannot be afraid to fight the system. they have also effected politics because the politics are taking polls. like writing petitions.

  2. The walkout showed a boycott expressing their feelings. They wanted equality in there schools and they risked graduating because of it which I respect them for because they put their futures on the line.

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