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Jose Montoya dies at 81

Jose Montoya synthesized his various roles and concerns – community organizer, Chicano-rights advocate, Central Valley bard – as a co-founder of the Rebel Chicano Art Front, the slyly subversive Sacramento art collective later re-christened the Royal Chicano Air Force. Above, Montoya, center, holds a toy launching bazooka amid fellow members of the Royal Chicano Air Force in 1979. Los Angeles Times
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