Chicano Park Steering Committee (CPSC) is a grassroots organization comprised of individuals who volunteer their time and energy to ensure that the original stated goals of the development and expansion of Chicano Park “all the way to the bay” are never forgotten or abandoned.
When we established ourselves in April of 1970 the CPSC’s stated objective was, “To oversee (on behalf of the community) the continuing development and expansion of the Chicano Park and to insure that the park would be developed in a Chicano/Mexicano/Indigenous style.” One of the original goals of the Chicano Park and the CPSC was to transform the cold gray concrete and rock-hard dirt that once dominated the site into a glorious space that would mirror and showcase the beauty, culture and spirit of the Chicano people. Today the murals in Chicano Park are world-famous and constitute (along with various sculptures) the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. After 52 years of struggle through Self Determination, the Chicano Park Steering Committee has won numerous battles within the community against the State, the City, the County, Politicos, and white nationalist groups such as the KKK, Minutemen, and the Alt Right. Some of the struggles include:
Chicano Park has grown to become the Corazón de Aztlan and has served as the catalyst for other revolutionary movements in San Diego, such as the takeover of the Neighborhood House, which became the Chicano Free Clinic now known as the Family Health Center. Other revolutionary movements include the Centro Cultural de la Raza, and the creation of sister territories throughout Aztlan, such as La Raza Park in Denver, Colorado, Barrios Unidos Park in Phoenix, Arizona, and Lincoln Park in El Paso, Texas.The pillar you see before you has two distinct faces. One uses earth tones to highlight the park’s struggles and the other uses vibrant colors to showcase the park’s victories. The pillar features portraits of important figures in Chicano Park’s history, such as Rico Bueno, Angie Avila, Ronnie Trujillo, Tomasa Camarillo, Jose Gomez, Charlene “Guera” Valencia, and others. It is important for us to remember the names of those who have contributed to the park’s history and recognize that there are countless others not listed who have helped us preserve and maintain our piece of Aztlan.
Photos used as references were provided by our Chair Por Vida Tomasa Camarillo’s Archival Collection.
Chicano Park Steering Committee Pillar Committee:
Chicano Park Steering Committee Pillar Artists & Contributing Members:
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