Francisco Martinez raises funds for Symbols of Resistance: Martyrs of the Chicano Movement

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Forty-years-ago, six Chicano activists died in explosions in Boulder. Francisco Martinez claims the police were responsible for their deaths. Among the victims was his brother: 25-year-old Reyes Martinez, a lawyer who had devoted himself to fighting for Francisco's freedom after the police had charged him with seditious conspiracy and were attempting to connect him to a number of bombings that took place in northern Colorado.

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"He was under a lot of pressure at that time and was being watched very closely by the police authorities," Martinez says of his brother. "He had emerged as a leader."

Martinez describes the three who died that day and six other leaders killed throughout the '70s as symbols of resistance, something akin to martyrs of the Chicano Movement. In commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the death of Los Seis de Boulder, he and others have organized Symbols of Resistance, an event at Su Teatro scheduled for May 31.

"We are trying to reclaim this history, document it and make sure that the next generations know about these events," Martinez says.

The event will feature former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver, veterans of the Chicano Movement, films, art, music and workshops. To help fund the event, the group has organized an Indiegogo Campaign that will be wrapping up on May 4.

"It's been forty years since the six people got killed in Boulder, and it's a good time to take on this issue," Martinez says. "We've got a good program. It's generating interest. We're expecting a full house."

For more information about the campaign and the event, go to Symbols of Resistance.

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