One of the integral aspects of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s was the cultural aspect. It was about reclaiming our roots as indigenous people of Aztl·n. Artists, writers, and musicians joined those organizing in the barrios, schools and fields. Self Help Graphics was created in the 1970s with a goal of self-determination and empowerment of Chicano and Latino artists.
In the last year or so, some of the cultural, academic and political leaders of el Movimiento have passed away. Closing down Self Help Graphics will be like losing another one of those heroes we build altars for on DÌa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), but without the traditional celebration at the corner of Gage and CÈsar E. Ch·vez Avenue in Boyle Heights.
(Note: Mark Vallen has more and updates on some actions including a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday, June 22nd at noon at Self Help Graphics and a community meeting on Tuesday, June 28th at 7 pm in Highland Park at Avenue 50 Studio.)