The Crusade for Justice

The Crusade for Justice was marked for being an urban rights and a cultural movement. The movement started in Denver, Colorado during the year of 1965. Similar to the rest to the rest of the Chicano social movements, the Crusade for Justice focused to seek for justice for Chicanos during the 1960s. The Crusade for Justice supported the student cause of the 1960s. This movement organized and participated as well on the wave of student walk outs of 1968s across the Southwest region of the United States. The Crusade for Justice, as well as the Mexican American Youth Organization, opposed to police brutality incidents in behalf of Chicanos. The several incidents that involved police brutality harmed the ideology of the social movement. Another issue that the Crusade for Justice focused on was the rare episodes of legal cases framed up by the police concerning Mexican-Americans. An important aspect of the Crusade for Justice was its strong opposition to the Vietnam War. The Crusade for Justice argued that the Vietnam War affected the Mexican-American community by enlisting dozens of Chicanos into the Army of the United States and by buying large amounts of food from the rich land owners. The movement and its leaders were just not happy with the Vietnam War; for example Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, the main leader and founder of the Crusade for Justice Movement, sought to keep the fighting to improve Mexican-American community situation. Even though Gonzales had some beliefs in common with other Chicano activists, he had some other different opinions about society. With the creation of the Crusade for Justice, he set the goal to establish Chicano’s communities under the control of the same Mexican-American people. Gonzales wanted to embrace the Chicano culture. “Corky” desired to end the discrimination at schools and to incorporate Mexican-American culture to the scholar agenda. The Crusade for Justice comprised mainly of young Chicanos students, a particular aspect of the Chicano Movement as a whole.

Among the accomplishment of the Crusade of Justice was the creation of El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan (The Spiritual Plan of Aztlan). The plan called for the mass mobilization of Chicanos under the same identity, the Mestizo Nation. The new identity of Chicanos described them as a free community with their own culture. The Mestizo Nation also stated that Chicano community was free economically and that were together under the political beliefs. This idea was basically the starting point for the creation of a third political party in favor of the Chicano community.


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2 Responses to The Crusade for Justice

  1. golopes2012 says:

    I am so glad that students got involved with the Crusade of Justice. I think that Chicano culture is really interesting and cool, and we can learn a lot from their culture as well. I think it is great that the Mestizo Nation was formed and that they expressed their own culture and were finally a free community. It is truly awful that Police would frame innocent Mexican or Mexican- Americans in this movement as well. It shows how close minded many Americans at the time were. I think if America was more open-minded at earlier times, there would be less racism in America today.
    -Suzie Z.

  2. golopes2012 says:

    Its crazy to think that people my age in the 1960’s were dropping out and leaving school to protest for the Crusade of Justice. I think that it is intense that back in the day police could just beat someone almost to death. And now days if a police officer is seen beating a person who is not a threat they would get in huge trouble and most times they would be fired. Thats not the case back then. Also a new political party was born through the Chicano culture. They were beginning to think for themselevs and what they wanted. Great Post very informative.

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