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Mexican American Activism in Oregon

September 22, 2011

Join Sonny Montes and Glenn Anthony May—plus special guests John Little and Jose Romero—for a conversation about the past, present, and future of Mexican American activism in Oregon.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 4 pm, Oregon State University, MU Journey Room
Friday, Sept. 30, 3:30 pm, University of Oregon, 110 Law School


Sonny Montes was at the center of the birth of Oregon’s Chicano movement, focused on the struggle for survival of the Colegio Cesar Chavez, a small college in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with a largely Mexican American student body.

John Little is the former executive director of the Valley Migrant League, an organization that played a vital role in stimulating the development of a Mexican American community in Oregon. Jose Romero, co-founder with Sonny of the Colegio Cesar Chavez, was one of the two leaders of the successful movement to rename a major Portland street in honor of Cesar Chavez.

Glenn Anthony May's new book, Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon, provides a needed account of the Mexican American community in Oregon during that time period while it deepens our understanding of the Chicano Movement in Oregon and beyond.

Read an excerpt from the book.

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