Reclaiming Individual and Collective Space
This chapter addresses the ongoing land disputes in the southwest stemming from the land confirmations that followed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, situated against the historically and culturally based strategy of protest by land occupation. Examples include the brief occupation of Santa Catalina Island in 1972 by Chicano Brown Berets, and the occupation of Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico led by Reies Tijerina. These occupations fell short of producing an answer to Latino/a land woes, which remain evident, for instance, in recent disputes over land for urban farming. The chapter also explores Mexico’s history of struggles over land and the recent boom in U.S. residents buying retirement and vacation homes in Mexico.
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