5 Questions With Sol Marquez
A Tele-Jaguar Exclusive
From Georgia, to Washington state, to the streets of Los Angeles everywhere Sol Marquez sets her feet she brings with her revolutionary fire and passion to fight for the people. From the mega marches of 06 to the planning committee for the 50th Chicano Moratorium to the daily struggles of la raza Sol Marquez is on the frontlines putting in work wherever she calls home.
We here at Tele-Jaguar got the chance to catch up with this rising young freedom fighter and ask her a few questions. Here they are, 5 questions, with the brilliant, Sol Marquez. Enjoy.
1. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND?
I’m a millennial Chicana who lives in Boyle Heights. I grew up in Washington state and Georgia.
2. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED?
My first activism was when my family and I worked in the fields in Georgia. My parents staged a strike when I was 13 that demanded that we as onion planters, be paid 25 cents more per foot. It was my first strike, and we won! We also took to the streets of Yakima, Washington during the 2006 Mega Marches. The Mega Marches were against the Sensenbrenner Law which was extremely racist and detrimental to Raza.
Finally, I became a lot more active organizing against the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, around 2010. I restarted activism as a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). This would spark my interest in Socialism and in fighting for my Raza.
3. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY ORGANIZING AND WORKING ON?
Since I live in Boyle Heights, I organize for Centro Community Service Organization – CSO. Our dual campaigns are to fight for community control over the police, as well as defending public education. I’m cochair of the Grassroots/Social Media subcommittee – which is part of a larger committee the 50th Chicano Moratorium Anniversary Committee. We are building to celebrate for the 50th Chicano Moratorium anniversary and continue with the demands of the 1970 event.
4. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHICANO MORATORIUM? WHY SHOULD CHICANAS/OS ATTEND?
The first Chicano Moratoriums demanded much of what we are still demanding today: freedom for Chicanos and the ability to determine our betterment. The 1970 one was the largest with over 30,000 Chicanos taking to the streets of East LA, against the Vietnam war. Most Chicanos don’t know about this important day within our history. Chicanos should attend this year’s monumental anniversary to reconnect with our roots and to become emboldened with the mission to liberate us from oppression.
5. WHY SHOULD LA CHICANA BE INVOLVED?
We as Chicanas are pivotal to any movement. The poor treatment of women predates modern society, and we have the whole world to gain when we fight back. In the U.S. rich white men have the most power than any other person, and this power easily rules us. If we as Chicanas were to win liberation from this form of ruling, we would be on our way to also destroy our oppression as women. In the 50th Committee we are in the frontlines, and we need all the Chicanas who are interested, to grab a picket sign and help organize!