Our radio adaptation of the film Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chicano Movement, offers a reflection on the untold stories of the Chicano Movement with a focus on Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Produced by Freedom Archives, the film delves into issues of cultural identity, student activism, and land rights and social justice in the face of police oppression.
The film represents an important component of the Chicano struggle that is often not well understood”that the movement was not limited to organizing agricultural workers. It shows how conflicts with government included resisting unprovoked police violence in urban areas and many protests against systemic language discrimination, judicial discrimination, disproportionate imprisonment, and the lack of educational and employment opportunities. These rising community and student movements were targeted by the COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) of the FBI, working in tandem with other local, state, and federal agencies.
Priscilla Falcon, Activist/Professor
Kiko Martinez, Activist/Attorney
Ricardo Romero, Activist/Educator
Deborah Espinosa, Activist/Colorado Historian
Marco Martinez, Activist/Brother of Luis Jr. Martinez
Joe Martinez, Activist/Brother of Luis Jr. Martinez
Daniel Valdez, Songwriter/Musician
Lenny Foster, Activist/American Indian Movement
Juan Espinosa, Photographer/Journalist
Rita Melgares, Attorney
Reis Lopez Tijerina, Activist/La Alianza
Producer of film, Symbols of Resistance: Claude Marks and Nathaniel Moore of the Freedom Archives
Film Narrator: Brenda Montano
Music: “Broken Hopes” by Daniel Valdez
Music written and performed by Camilo Landau
Additional music for radio adaptation by Brentin Davis, Chasin Dem Bucks instrumental bridge.
Making Contact Staff:
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
Producer of radio adaptation and host: Anita Johnson