Symbols of Resistance, Part Two: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chicano Movement

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; 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

Ricardo Romero, Activist/Educator

Kathleen Clever, Activist Educator

Juan Espinosa, Photographer/Journalist

Freddie Freak Trujillo, Activist/Colorado Historian

Kiko Martinez, Activist/Attorney

Corky Gonzales, Activist/Crusade for Justice

Jose Calderon, Activist

Deborah Espinosa, Activist/Colorado Historian

Jose Esteban Ortega, Activist

Rita Melgares, Attorney



Producers of film, Symbols of Resistance: Claude Marks and Nathaniel Moore, Brenda Montano, Vera Tykulsker and Andres Alegria of the Freedom Archives

Film Narrator: Brenda Montano

Making Contact Staff:

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani

Associate Producer: Aysha Choudhary

Engagement and Web Manager: Dylan Heuer

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