Sunday, May 23, 2010

1970 Instrumental Leaders Of The UW-Milwaukee Takeover Featured In Nfoque Latino Radio Talk Show

May 23, 2010

Milwaukee, WI - (HNNUSA) - (L-R) H. Nelson Goodson, Zonia Lopez, Ernesto Chacon and Jesus Salas posed for a photo after the Saturday morning Nfoque Latino WJTI 1460 AM Spanish radio talk show. Goodson and Lopez hosted Nfoque Latino at WJTI and Chacon and Salas participated during the popular one hour talk show, which focused on issues affecting the Latino community locally and nationally.
Chacon and Salas were the instrumental leaders of the 1970 Universary of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) takeover for higher education for Latinos.
Chacon and Salas spoke and remembered about the takeover of UWM on August 27, 1970. They also compared the 1970 struggle for higher education in Wisconsin and today's current events like the passage of Arizonas' SB 1070 immigration enforcement law deemed discriminatory and unconstitutional. The Arizona state law is believed to lead to racial profiling and preempts federal law. The Bill of Rights 10th amendment ratified on Dec. 15, 1791 restates the Constitution's principle of federalism, that powers not granted to the national government by the Constitution of the United States nor prohibited to the States were reserved to the States or to the people. Since Congress granted the federal government authority to regulate, and enforce immigration laws, States lack constitutional authority to enact immigration laws conflicting with the federal government.
Today, 17 states are crafting similar Arizona SB 1070 immigration enforcement laws, and the Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed last week, that ICE may not accept or process state illegals arrested by similar Arizona SB 1070 state laws. ICE agencies throughout the country were notified of the decision, according to John Morton, Assistant ICE Secretary. 
Arizona also banned ethnic studies in public schools effecting Latino students cultural awareness and history.
During that Summer of 1970, only 14 Latino students attended the universary compared to 25,000 non-Latino students.
"In Milwaukee many barriers existed blocking their paths to higher education. Their language and cultural distinctness were frowned upon, and they had limited access to information about educational opportunities and few professional models. Discriminatory treatment was the norm," cited from Myriad Magazine UWM 1990.
Five people among 500 higher education protesters were arrested on August 27, 1970, they were Jesus Salas, Marla O. Anderson, Dante Navarro, Gregorio "Goyo" Rivera and Jose Luis Huerta-Sanchez.
On September 1, then UWM Chancellor J. Martin Klotsche decided to admit Latino students into the universary. On October 28, Salas , Roberto Hernandez and Armando Orellana announced the creation of the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute (SSOI). SSOI was instrumental in recruiting and retention of students at UWM.
In 1996, SSOI was renamed the Roberto Hernandez Center.
Today, more than 1,400 Latino students attend UWM per semester.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary and commemoration of the 1970 UWM and Chancellor's office at Chapman Hall takeover. The 40th  Anniversary Committee Commemorating the Chapman Hall Takeover (The 40th ACCCT) was formed to initiate the upcoming banquet for September 18, 2010 at the UWM Ballroom and festivities. The Roberto Hernandez Center at UWM is working in conjunction with the ACCCT group in organizing the September banquet event.
Numerous original 1970 activists, 13 UWM Latino student organizations including the Latino Alumni and community members at large are also working together to organize and celebrate the historical event. 


The 40th Anniversary and Commemoration video of the September 18, 2010 event at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) was presented. It shows the August 27, 1970 takeover. The Hispanic community marched, fought, struggled and took over UWM for higher education access. Their endeavers succeeded to over turn the discriminatory UWM policy that kept Latinos from enrolling at the university.  Video Link: Video UWM 1970

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