De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century

De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century

De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century

De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century


Elizabeth Martinez's unique Chicana voice arises from over thirty years of experience in the movements for civil rights, women's liberation, and Latina/o empowerment. In De Colores Means All of Us, Martinez presents a radical Latina perspective on race, liberation, and identity.

In these essays, Martinez describes the provocative ideas and new movements created by the rapidly expanding U.S. Latina/o community as it confronts intensified exploitation and racism.

With sections on women's organizing, struggles for economic justice and immigrant rights, and the Latina/o youth movement, this book will appeal to readers and activists seeking to organize for the future and build new movements for social change.


From her involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s to her current leadership of the Institute for Multi-Racial Justice, Elizabeth (Betita) Martínez' work comprises one of the most important living histories of progressive activism in the contemporary era. Furthermore, her writings recording countless struggles for social justice— some won, some lost, some still raging with varying degrees of intensity, and many having international implications—offer us an invaluable reader in the rich history of radical activism in the Americas.

That this collection of Martínez' writings is being published on the eve of the twenty-first century is a propitious event indeed, for it simultaneously chronicles the at-times glorious, at-times tedious work of progressive activists everywhere to keep "los movimientos" alive during the latter half of the twentieth century, and it ieminds us as we move forward, youth and elders alike, that we have much work to do as the century and the millennium turn. The reader will find in these pages a tone that is by turns celebratory, angry, challenging and delightfully witty; Martínez' words are always powerful, never mournful as she addresses the role of U.S. people of color in forging the past, present and future of leftist activism.

The articles and essays that make up De Colores Means All of Us recount and critically analyze pivotal struggles of Latino/a peoples against the scourges of White Supremacy, patriarchy and class domination. Martínez' perspective is one that has developed through her involvement in Black, Native American and Asian-American movements as well. Her voice, one of wisdom gained through a wide range of experiences across a broad spectrum of social movements, speaks to all marginalized people, whether she is citing alarming statistics about hate crimes or imagining the future possibilities of an energized multiracial youth movement. "The oppressed," she writes in "Seeing More Than Black and White, . . ."

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