by Alfonso Aceves Author
For decades, residents of the Logan Heights community in San Diego fought to get a park in their neighborhood. Instead, in 1970, ground broke on a police parking lot instead. The community responded by occupying the land, forming a human chain around the bulldozers, forcing construction to halt. For twelve days, people of all ages worked together to clear the land, plant flowers and cacti, and actually build the park the community needed. And it became official! Chicano Park now stands to serve the community and commemorate the power of the people.
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