Coming to Cesar Chavez Library on 5/14/09 at 5:00PM for FREE, a screening of the HBO film "WALKOUT", and a chance to talk with teacher Sal Castro after the film, whose experience as a young Chicano teacher in East L.A. affected AMERICA, and the way it looked at it's Latino population from 1968 on. Click here to read an article From the May 12 issue of the Monterey Herald, and check out the May 14 issue of The Californian for another article on Sal Castro. So consider yourself invited, and come on out to get some inspiration from someone who's truly "been there"!

A film with a powerful message that resonates 38 years after the events it depicts occurred, Walkout is the stirring true story of the Chicano students of East LA, who in 1968 staged several dramatic walkouts in their high schools to protest academic prejudice and dire school conditions.

Aided by a popular and progressive young teacher, Sal Castro, Paula Crisostomo and a group of young Chicano activists battle parents, teachers, bureaucrats, the police and public opinion to make their point.

Along the way, the students learn profound lessons about embracing their own identity and standing up for what they believe in.

Set in 1968, a tumultuous year that shook America to its foundation, Walkout is a vivid reminder that people can change the world.

MOVIES IN THE CHAVEZ is a new movie series that will happen from time to time at Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas, CA.

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