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Finding Aid for the Los Angeles County Chicano Employees Association collection, 1970-2007
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The Los Angeles County Chicano Employees Association is an association that was formed by Latino employees of Los Angeles County in 1969. The primary motivation and goal of this organization has been to provide legal services in order to protect and advocate for the rights of LACCEA members as well as the larger Latino/Chicano community in Los Angeles. Since the organization's inception LACCEA has been involved in a number of efforts aimed at creating greater access to and improved conditions in employment and public services throughout Los Angeles County Departments and institutions. The LACCEA has played a major role in the formation of public policy on behalf of Chicano/Latino communities in Los Angeles County. LACCEA has also made significant contributions to policy-making throughout California. This collection contains a number of documents, reports, charts, graphs, newsletters, clippings and correspondence that deal with the various advocacy efforts of the LACCEA.
The Los Angeles County Chicano Employees Association was first formed in 1969 by a group of Mexican-American Los Angeles County employees. The group came together after a Los Angeles County Employment Patterns Report (1968) confirmed that Los Angeles County had participated in discriminatory employment practices against minorities and failed to implement Affirmative Action policies which had been federally mandated since 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. In 1969, an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission report concluded that across the nation Black and Latino people had been excluded from federal employment. The report states, "Minority group members are excluded almost entirely from decision-making positions, and even in those instances where they hold jobs carrying higher status, these jobs usually involve work only with the problems of minority groups and largely tend to limit contact to … minority group members …" (EEOC report 1969, 534). Los Angeles County's failure to address employment discrimination in the late 1960s led to the formation of LACCEA.
88 boxes (44.0 linear ft.) 1 oversized box
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