In 1967 Alicia Escalante formed the Chicana Welfare Rights Organization, an organization dedicated to documenting welfare abuses. She was one of thirty five arrested in the 1968 Board of Education sit-in in favor of Sal Castro. In 1973 Encuentro Femenil published Escalante’s essay entitled “A Letter from The Chicana Welfare Rights Organization.” In a subsequent interview, Adelaida Del Castillo, Associate Editor of the journal, cited the publication of the letter as a significant event in the journal’s history. She characterized Escalante as being a part of Chicana feminism. In that same year, she was depicted in a mural at the University of Houston entitled La Marcha Por La Humanidad alongside other Chicano Movement leaders like Corky Gonzales, José Ángel Gutiérrez and Reyes Lopez Tijerina.