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Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly more popular in the U.S. while often disregarding the history of this celebration of Mexican resistance and culture.
The date actually stems from a revolutionary moment in Mexican history. During the 1862 Battle of Puebla, a small grassroots group of Mexican peasants claimed victory over the invading and heavily-armed French military of thousands and the date commemorates this resistance.
Today the holiday has been reduced into a date for partying and drinking, second only to St. Patrick’s Day as the biggest holiday for alcohol consumption in the U.S.
In this online event, feminist icon and legendary labor leader, Dolores Huerta, underscores the importance of reclaiming Cinco de Mayo. She delves into the true significance of the holiday, lifting up themes of anti-oppression and empowerment as well as how we can honor Mexican cultural values without appropriating them. A founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union, Dolores will draw on her decades of experience as an organizer and her background as a dancer, pianist, and lover of jazz.