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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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The Mexican American Youth Organization
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Social Issues
Armando Gutiérrez
Anna Mendez, George Ozuna, Patricia Hernandez
Aug 1, 1978

The Mexican American Youth Organization

Patricia Hernandez, Anna Mendez, and George Ozuna discuss the history of the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), issues facing Chicano students, and the future of the Chicano Movement. MAYO began in 1968 as a political vehicle for organizing and working with the Chicano community. Since then, MAYO has worked to increase Chicano political awareness. In this pursuit, they have organized Chicano studies programs and have demonstrated against the Bakke Case, police brutality and other issues that affect Chicanos. Hernandez believes that throughout these activities women have had a presence and a voice in the movement.

They then address youth activism and they believe there is a resurgence of interest in MAYO and the Chicano Movement. They discuss tactics and express support for legal demonstrations while acknowledging that protests have been all to easily ignored in the past. They say that while there has been an increase in the number of Chicano administrators not all have been responsive to the needs of Chicano students.

In the last portion of the interview, the students talk about participating in electoral politics. They mention the need to have politicians with a genuine interest in helping the community and suggest that electoral efforts, such as those made by La Raza Unida, have been most successful in areas with a large concentration of Chicanos. They conclude with a positive vision of Mayo and the Chicano Movement’s future, hoping that they will continue organizing and raising people’s consciousness, especially at the high school level.


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