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Reflecting back on Tucson's protests of the 1970s

Reflecting back on Tucson's protests of the 1970s

Current activism in response to police brutality reminds us of previous calls for justice in Tucson.

Tucson has had its share of protests echoing larger national movements, but perhaps its most iconic local protest was the occupation of the El Rio Golf Course. It was the summer of 1970, and the protest marked an intensification of efforts by the Manzo Area Council and residents of Tucson's west side to secure the creation of a neighborhood park.

Salomon Baldenegro was an organizer and participant in the protest, and recounts his story for Archive Tucson.

Two men being arrested by police officers in 1970.