Still, I actively participated in the rallies and protests. Being a part of a crowd striving for a common cause made things easier for me.
A: As I have already told you, at the start the aim of the movement appeared to be mostly about Mexican American pride and identity. Yes, largely these ideals constituted the backbone of the movement. However, as I attended the protests, rallies and meetings, my understanding of the aims of the movement evolved over time. I realized that our angst and struggle was not only about disrespect and humiliation, but against a more powerful social, political and economic agenda that not only failed to extend to the Mexican Americans there rights as a citizen, but also deprived them of a worthy place in the American social, economic and political life. This movement was encouraged not by some sort of an uneducated, raw and gross anger, but a realization stimulated by the rising number of educated young people in the Mexican America community. We were no more willing to be a source of cheap labor, when the educated and qualified amongst us were no less then the educated Anglos or Blacks. We wanted access to health, education, political representation, economic justice, if not more then at least equal to the one available to any average American. Yes, the movement was as much about food, clothing and shelter as about pride, power and just wages.
Note: Social movements certainly enhance the participants and followers understanding about the nature and goals of the movement. The movement educates the adherents, and educated followers strengthen the movement.
A: There were many sweet and bitter things about the movement. Being a part of a group in which individuals shared same aspirations, hopes and aims provided me with a sense of identity and belonging. I always harbored a sense of being lost. However, once I became a part of