Betita Martinez Dinner and Roast

I attended the dinner in Betita’s honor last night. She is having her 86th birthday on Monday!
I heard many stories from her friends and colleagues from her days here in NM.
I heard conversation about so many events and people who have been in the struggle for social justice here forever.
I will post a list of organizations that I heard mentioned:

Cooperativa Ca~noncito
Chicanos Unidos Para la Justicia
Chicano Communication Center
La Gente Clinica- Santa Fe
Veneceremos Brigade
UMAS_ United Mexican American Students- UNM student group
Las Chicanas- UNM women’s student group
1970 Earth Day- Sewage Plant Demonstration in Albuquerque
El Caracol -newpaper
El Grito Del Norte- newpaper
Sin Fronteras-newspaper

As a participant in (un) Occupy Albuquerque I felt inspired and buoyed up by the amount of work and struggle that I heard discussed. The level of discipline and trust that existed between folks to keep fighting and to be present for one another was really inspiring. We are just a baby little movement in perspective of all the work that has gone before us. (un) Occupy Albuquerque joins a long line of struggle and we should be proud of all the work that Betita Martinez has done and the work that people continue to do.
Come to the Zimmerman Library Frank Waters room on Monday 12/12 at 10:30 AM to watch a documentary and hear her work read. Then At 7PM in the same place a second showing and reading.
So glad I was able to attend. Don’t miss this GREAT chance tomorrow!

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