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Luke FountainProfessor Salinas English 156 RTW: Social Justice 30 January 2020Close-Reading Analysis“Yo Soy Joaquín,”8 focuses on a call to action of people from all backgrounds. It emphasizesequality of everyone that is part of the movement, as well points out that the group as a wholewill have a lot to overcome. In the poem “Yo Soy Joaquín,”8 by Corky Gonzales, he is reaching out to anyone of Mexican origin. Gonzales does this by calling out specific groups such as “La raza! / Méjicano! / Espanol!/ Latino! / and Chicano!” He lists each group on a separate line, making sure that each one knows they are acknowledged. In doing so, he emphasizes that it will take all groups to come together, and overcome the challenges of getting civil rights for Mexican Americans. Gonzales also emphasizes that anyone can have a part in this movement, no matter one’s background, economic status or origin, everyone is important. In the passage Gonzales uses “I” statements to emphasize equality between people from

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