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Human Rights Advocate, Chicano Activist, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Ill
by Escuela Tlatelolco
Tuesday Mar 29th, 2005 1:03 AM
Mr. Gonzales was
diagnosed with coronary and renal distress, but doctors have agreed to
discontinue any further medical treatment of those conditions. On
Thursday, March 24, 2005, Mr. Gonzales was released to the loving care of
his family, and he is resting comfortably at home.
March 27, 2005

Human Rights Advocate and Chicano Activist, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales,
Taken Ill

Denver, CO. Internationally renowned human rights advocate and Chicano
activist, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales was admitted to Denver's Saint Anthony
Central Hospital on Tuesday evening, March 25, 2005. Mr. Gonzales was
diagnosed with coronary and renal distress, but doctors have agreed to
discontinue any further medical treatment of those conditions. On
Thursday, March 24, 2005, Mr. Gonzales was released to the loving care of
his family, and he is resting comfortably at home.

Mr. Gonzales gained widespread popularity as an amateur and professional
prizefighter in the 1940's and 1950's. With the growth of the civil rights
movement in the 1960's and 70's, Gonzales chaired the Denver-based Crusade
for Justice, a human and civil rights organization that achieved
political, social and economic rights for Mexican-Americans locally and
nationally. Gonzales' work is often compared in stature and importance to
that of such notables as Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez and Malcolm X.
Gonzales led a delegation on the famous "Poor Peoples' March" to
Washington, D.C., and he consistently advanced the rights of indigenous
peoples throughout the Americas.

One of Mr. Gonzales' most enduring legacies has been Escuela Tlatelolco
Centro de Estudios, founded in 1970. Named after the illustrious community
of scholars among the Aztecs, the Plaza of Tlatelolco in Mexico City was
also the scene of a brutal Mexican government massacre of students in
1968. Escuela Tlatelolco continues in the tradition of its indigenous
predecessors by serving Latino/Indigenous students (grades pre-K through
12) from the metropolitan Denver region. Escuela Tlatelolco extends the
vision of "Corky" Gonzales by ensuring that Latino/Indigenous youth are
fully educated and empowered to continue their human development through
their university and post-graduate studies.

Messages of support for Mr. Gonzales may be sent to Escuela Tlatelolco
(et [at] escuelatlatelolco.org). Updated information on Mr. Gonzales'
condition may also be found on the website (http://www.escuelatlatelolco.org).
The entire Gonzales family would like to thank the thousands of
well-wishers who have contacted them, and they wish peace, justice and
happiness to all friends and supporters of Corky.

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by Alejandro
(fresco882002 [at] yahoo.com) Tuesday Apr 5th, 2005 3:51 PM
Is there a new update on his health or condition.
by ernesto
(ernesto [at] forpresident.com) Tuesday Apr 12th, 2005 7:45 PM
I just heard that Corky passed away a half an hour ago...
R.I.P.
by J.B. II
Thursday Apr 14th, 2005 5:05 PM
He was a great leader and an inspiration he will be missed greatly.
by Sarai
(Reinamendoza454 [at] yahoo.com) Sunday Apr 17th, 2005 5:18 PM
Viva Corky!!! Viva la raza!!! chicano/power;
these are just some of the words heard today in corkys memorial march.many chicanos marched today in his honor, from la escuela to curtis park.many diverse people were there such as la indios and his familia to the people who most admired him. this shows that even though he is dead the chicano movement is still going strong. even though people were against our march throught the city our gente stayed strong!
I leave u with these words "we didnt cross the boarders, the borders croses us"-"Corky" Gonzales
R.I.P VIVA LA RAZA!! VIVA CORKY
by ds
Monday Apr 18th, 2005 12:22 AM
good night companero
corky

it was the year of despair
but it was
the year of hope
of dreams
of action
ideals
and you were there
at the forefront
a leader
fearless before the powerful
you marched
side by side the multitudes
you loved
and fought for
triumphantly
fiery words streamed form your soul
proclaiming truth and justice
for all
taking charge of the day
in a rainy afternoon in washington d.c.
in the year of a tlatelolco summer of sixty-eight
i witnessed and give testament to your boundless love
and courage
and to your great heart
when we sang
we shall over come
let freedom ring
with abernathey
de colores y
yo soy chicano
viva la revolucion
and with tijerina
tierra o muerte
we sang together

you will not shed tears of anguish
tonight
nor suffer blows of vicious gloves
of hunger
nor mutilated sorrow
my friend
tonight companero corky
you merely withdraw
to the safety within
the circle of life--
your own people

you are the masses
of your people
who will not be absorbed
and aztec prince
with faith unbreakable
you are joaquin
who must endure
who will endure!

i will carry forever in my memory
and heart
the kindness
you showed me in that crowded meeting room
that night in d.c. of sixty-eight
when you embraced and took me in
a young drunken twenty year old
whom you treated with dignity and respect
as you listened to my complaints

because it is the only way i know
and the only way i'm capable to say
good-bye
i cry...