Soccer Fields are Not Just for Playing

Here is another great example of how one can use sports as an organizing tool. In a recent  Los Angeles Times article, Raul Macias, organized a soccer league but when he could not find soccer fields he entered the realm of politics. His first confrontation was with the L.A. parks and recreation department which essentially told him to “learn English” and “go back to Mexico,” but Raul was persistent in helping out the kids by keeping them out of trouble and involved in soccer.  After securing soccer fields with his political maneuvering and organizing a group of parents and soccer players, Juan became a political activist to be reckon with, attracting politicos, environmental activists, and city officials seeking his advise and support.

Don Juan and Soccer Players

Don Juan and Soccer Players


About josemalamillo

Professor of Chicano/a Studies California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
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