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The 1968 Walkouts from East Los Angeles high schools provided a powerful moment for future student activists locally and nationally. Within a year, high school students throughout the U.S. Southwest walked out of their schools to protest unequal educational conditions and a lack of respect for Mexican American culture and promise.
Nearly 30 years later, high school students began using Walkouts as a tool to protest racism and anti-immigrant policies. In 1994, over 10,000 students from over 30 LAUSD schools walked out when California Proposition 187 sought to deny undocumented immigrants public services including public education and healthcare. In 2006, Walkouts organizer Moctesuma Esparza released the HBO film Walkout! on March 18. Later that month, over 40, 000 students walked out of schools across Southern California protesting federal legislation that would empower police to enforce immigration law.
In 2016, East LA high school students walked out to protest the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. The legacy of the 1968 Walkouts continues in 2018 as students across the country demand stricter gun-control laws.