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Which March is for Me? Understanding Chicana/Latina Contemporary Protest

Funding Source:  Chicano Studies Institute
Principal Investigator: Dr. Zakiya Luna, Assistant Professor Sociology

Chicana/Latinas have been involved in national marches for decades such as October
1996’s Latino/Latina March for Civil and Human Rights (La Marcha) in Washington DC. While
that march had various goals, it was explicitly framed as opposing the anti-immigrant legislation
being enacted such welfare reform that restricted coverage for new legal immigrants. Many key
immigration marches occurred in the intervening decades. Further, 2017 has seen numerous
national marches with distinct organizing strategies and aims. This includes January’s Women’s
Marches and September’s March for Racial Justice (M4RJ). These marches started as
Washington DC-based but expanded to other locations, some worldwide and received varying
levels of media attention and public support. Yet, Chicana/Latinas motivations for contemporary
protest participation are little understood. Thus, a study that includes attention to the 2017
marches in relation to other protest can advance theory while giving voice to women themselves.
This study seeks to answer multiple questions: How do women’s motivations differ for
participating in different movement types? How does feminist identification affect participation
in movement type?