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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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Title:
A Senate Campaign: A Perspective From The La Raza Unida Party
Program #
1978-40
Theme:
Politics

Series:
Politics
Host:
Armando Gutiérrez
Guest:
Luis Díaz de León
Date:
Sep 12, 1978

A Senate Campaign: a perspective from the La Raza Unida party

Luis Diaz de Leon discusses his campaign for U.S. Senator as a Raza Unida Candidate. De Leon, a social worker and community organizer, is originally from Texas, but has lived for the last seven years in California. He discusses some of the differences between California and Texas politics and explains that he returned to Texas because he felt he should get involved with the people he had worked with in the past, including Jose Angel Gutierrez and the Raza Unida Party. He had formerly been a loyal democrat, but he decided to join La Raza when he realized that there was no difference between the democratic and republican parties.

He decided to run for senator because he saw that the Raza Unida party was winning elections and becoming a viable third party. Moreover, he explains, the candidates: John Tower and Robert Krueger have not been committed to the needs of the people. De Leon then discusses some of the difficulties his campaign has faced and the personal reverberations he has encountered. Yet, he remains committed to his agenda, which emphasizes education, employment, energy and the environment. He believes that even if he does not win, he is bringing up important issues that the other candidates will have to address.

 

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